What are the main rights and powers of shareholders?

In return for their investment in your company, shareholders get a stake in your company. This stake provides them with certain rights and powers.

Rights of shareholders:

  • Dividend right (right to distribution of a part of the profit of the company), and
  • Voting rights (during a shareholders’ meeting)

Powers of shareholders:

  • Convening a shareholders’ meeting
  • Submitting a request for inquiry to the Enterprise Chamber (Ondernemingskamer) of the Amsterdam Court of Appeal
  • Appointment and dismissal of directors
  • Adopting the annual financial statements
  • Deciding on the amendments of the articles of association, and
  • Deciding on the remuneration policy for directors