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Registering a non-Hong Kong company

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Registering a non-Hong Kong company


A non-Hong Kong company that establishes a place of business in Hong Kong is required to be registered within one month of establishing that place of business.

Registering the non-Hong Kong company in Hong Kong entails making application to the Companies Registry, accompanied by the company’s constitution or charter (by whatever name), and certificate of incorporation in the jurisdiction where the company was registered, as well as a certified copy of the company’s most recent published accounts, if the company is subject to a legal requirement to publish its accounts.

If the company’s constitution or charter is in a language other than English or Chinese, certified translations must also be lodged.

To register, notice must also be given of the commencement of business.

A foreign company can register with an additional name: where its name is in Chinese it can register an additional name in Roman script, and where its name is in Roman script, it can register an additional name in Chinese.