Category: Corporate law in The Netherlands

Equity interest sold at (in retrospect) an excessively low price. What to do now?

Equity interest sold at (in retrospect) an excessively low price. What to do now?

It is not uncommon that a shareholder sells their equity interest for a price that afterwards turns out to have been excessively low. In this ruling of the Rotterdam District Court, the Dutch court examined when such an agreement can and cannot be annulled. Corporate law lawyer Martijn Kesler explains.



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Action against trademark infringement in the Netherlands? Assess your chances of success in a lawsuit!

Action against trademark infringement in the Netherlands? Assess your chances of success in a lawsuit!

Recently, a trademark owner in the Netherlands stood up against an (alleged) trademark infringement. The Dutch corporate law lawyer Martijn Kesler explains the test that the court used for this purpose.



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Unjustified suspension of payment of shares. What are the consequences?

Unjustified suspension of payment of shares. What are the consequences?

A debtor whose claim has become due and payable to his creditor is authorised to suspend compliance with his commitment – e.g. payment – until the creditor fulfils his claim (art. 6:52 of the Dutch Civil Code). The Supreme Court recently felled the decision in a case about this concerning the sale of shares in a company with the ownership of the building on the Keizersgracht in Amsterdam (previously the public library, now Hotel Andaz). Contracts and corporate law attorney Lennard Noordzij delved into this case.



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Multinational sidelined in sale of their own shares

Multinational sidelined in sale of their own shares

In this action, a multinational in agricultural products in the Netherlands tried to prevent that the price of shares would be determined in a procedure over which it had no control. The multinational then took the matter to the Dutch Court of Appeal. Dutch corporate lawyer Marco Guit discusses the ruling of the Dutch Court.



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Substitute authorization for shareholders’ meeting

Substitute authorization for shareholders’ meeting

In the Netherlands, a shareholder can exert influence on the board in different ways. A shareholder now has the (relatively new) option to convene a shareholders’ meeting through the provisional relief court. In a recent case, the Dutch Court gave an opinion on this right to put an item on the agenda. Corporate lawyer Martijn Kesler explains.



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Do bank guarantees provide security for underlying legal relationship?

Do bank guarantees provide security for underlying legal relationship?

In the Netherlands, bank guarantees are common financing arrangements and are used to obtain (nearly absolute) security for the underlying legal relationship. This security sometimes creates unusual situations. Such an unusual situation was brought before the Dutch Court in this case. Dutch corporate lawyer Martijn Kesler explains.



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Muslim slaughterhouse sues State for instructions on slaughtering

Muslim slaughterhouse sues State for instructions on slaughtering

Shortly before last month’s Feast of Sacrifice, a Muslim slaughterhouse instituted preliminary relief proceedings against the Dutch State. The slaughterhouse wanted to get rid of the imposed slaughter instructions drawn up by the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA). If the slaughterhouse were to follow these instructions on slaughter, its meat would no longer be halal. In this remarkable case, entrepreneurship and religion played important roles. The Dutch lawyer Heleen Ceelen explains the ruling.



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Marital attachment of spouse’s shares in BV: is that possible?

Marital attachment of spouse’s shares in BV: is that possible?

Marital attachment is a special type of preservation order that one of the spouses can apply on assets of the (dissolved) common estate. In a recent preliminary injunction between a divorcing couple, it was questioned whether or not a marital attachment on the shares of a spouse in his company is possible. Hidde Reitsma, lawyer specialising in attachment and execution proceedings, discusses the decision of the preliminary relief Judge.



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