The Netherlands is consistently ranked as one of the five most active private equity markets in Europe. However, private equity's role in the Dutch economy has not gone unscrutinised; in 2015 two Labour Party MPs presented an "initiative note" to the Dutch parliament in which the private equity sector was portrayed as riddled with undesirable behaviour. Measures proposed by them include limits on interest deductibility, recapitalizations and the use of leverage; strengthening the position of works councils and the reintroduction of the financial assistance prohibition for BVs. As a first response, Minister of Finance Dijsselbloem commissioned a group of independent researchers to carry out a study of the sector.
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