Company Registration in Hong Kong

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Company Incorporation Service in Hong Kong2023-08-11T08:33:15+00:00

At Paul Hype Page & Co, we are dedicated to supporting both local residents and international investors with efficient company formation services in Hong Kong. Whether you are a local entrepreneur or a foreign investor looking to expand your business into Hong Kong, our extensive experience and deep understanding of Hong Kong’s corporate landscape and regulatory requirements will help to guide you through the complexities and ensure complete compliance with all necessary procedures.

Company Registration Requirements

Here are the basic requirements to set up a company in Hong Kong:

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How to Incorporate a Company in Hong Kong

Generally, the basic steps to set up and register a company are as follows:

Step 1: Choose Your Company Name

Finding a suitable and memorable company name sets a strong foundation for business success. It is also important for your company’s chosen name to be in compliant with the regulations of the country. Check your company name in Hong Kong using our free tool above.

Step 2: Appoint a Company Secretary

According to Section 474, Cap. 622 Companies Ordinance, it is mandatory for a local Company Secretary to be present before registering a company in Hong Kong. Read more about company secretaries at our website here.

Step 3: Submit All Required Incorporation Documents

These are the necessary documents:

  • Incorporation Forms
    • Form NNC1 for a company limited by shares
    • Form NNC1G for a company not limited by share;
  • Copies of the identification documents of directors and shareholders (Hong Kong ID card for Hong Kong residents and passport for foreigners).
  • Company Articles of Association
    • This document outlines the operational procedures of your company. The Articles of Association serve as the company’s constitution, outlining rules governing internal affairs such as director appointments, share transfers, and financial matters.

The required documents along with the appropriate fees can be submitted either through the Registry’s online service portal or in physically at the Queensway Government Offices.

Step 4: Open a Corporate Bank Account

This is to ensure proper keepsake of your company’s finances by opening a corporate bank account.

Step 5: Obtain Necessary Permits and Licenses

In essence, Hong Kong allows participation in various businesses liberally. Exceptions arise only when licenses and permits are required to safeguard the general interest, such as education, public health, and financial and insurance services.

Step 6: Adhere to Annual Reporting & Compliance

Once your company is incorporated, you become subject to governmental regulations. These obligations involve corporate secretary activities, corporate tax filing, and other compliance tasks. Entrust all these responsibilities to us, and you’ll never miss a deadline!

How Long Does It Take to Register a Company in Hong Kong?

Typically, the registration process with the Hong Kong Companies Registry takes approximately 4 to 5 days. However, the timeline can vary depending on various factors, including the efficiency of collaboration between the company secretary and the shareholders/directors.

Your Questions, Answered

Starting a new company can be daunting. Here is a compilation of the top questions we get asked about company formation in Hong Kong to clear your doubts!

What are the types of companies I can set up in Hong Kong?2023-08-02T05:51:10+00:00

These are the types of companies available to be set up in Hong Kong:

  1. Company limited by shares: Members’ liability is limited to the unpaid amount on their shares.
  2. Company limited by guarantee: Has no share capital, and members’ liability is limited to their agreed contributions during winding up. Non-profit organizations are often registered as guarantee companies.

The type of company which is most commonly established in Hong Kong is the private limited liability company.

Limited liability companies enjoy separate legal status, liability protection for owners, positive reputation, and stable structure. They also make capital raising and ownership transfer easier compared to sole proprietorship and partnership. Foreign business professionals often refer to this type of entity as an offshore company in Hong Kong.

What are the post-incorporation requirements after company registration?2023-08-07T06:53:09+00:00

At Paul Hype Page, we understand that your journey doesn’t end with company incorporation in Hong Kong. That’s why we offer a range of comprehensive post-incorporation services to ensure your business operates smoothly and remains compliant with legal and regulatory requirements such as:

  1. Corporate Secretarial Services
  2. Accounting and Bookkeeping
  3. Taxation Services
  4. Employment and HR Support
  5. Business Advisory Services
  6. Business Licensing Services
  7. Employment Pass and Work Visa Services
  8. Compliance and Renewal Services
  9. Advisory and Consultation
Must I get assistance with incorporating my offshore company in Hong Kong?2021-06-10T16:46:09+00:00

You are mandated to enlist the help of a local agent/firm to incorporate an offshore company. The firm is responsible for taking you through the requirements and steps, answering your concerns, and filling your application. The firm will also assist you to locate the Inland Revenue Department in case you have other concerns.

The agent/firm may also provide you with the registered address needed during incorporation, and fax, and other services like fax or email forwarding.

Am I allowed to change the name of the offshore company after incorporation?2021-06-10T16:46:28+00:00

No, you cannot change the name of your company. To do so will force your company to be deregistered and you will have to incorporate it afresh. Also, another reason is that the company name approval is the first step of company incorporation, it must be approved for use.

How do I incorporate a subsidiary company in Hong Kong?2021-06-10T16:46:37+00:00

If you want to set up a subsidiary company in Hong Kong, then you need to follow 4 simple steps:

  • Initiate the incorporation process by a qualified incorporation agency like Paul Hype Page.
  • Choose the business entity that you would like your new company to operate under.
  • You will be expected to draft the company’s formation document as required by Hong Kong law.
  • Present and file all the required documents and submit the fees for the process to proceed.
  • Finally, apply for the business licensing and relevant permits according to the industry that your company lies.
What do I need to start an online business in Hong Kong?2021-06-10T16:46:51+00:00

The process of starting an online e-commerce store in Hong Kong is not complicated as long as you draw a working plan for your business.

  • Find a niche
  • Evaluate the viability of the market
  • Conducting market research
  • Analyze your target market
  • Conducting competitive market analysis and learn online business law
Who can start a public limited company in Hong Kong?2021-06-10T16:47:03+00:00

As long as you meet all the requirements, you can start a public limited company in Hong without further thought. However, strict rules make more people prefer the incorporation of a private limited company when launching a start-up.

Can a foreigner start a business in Hong Kong?2021-06-10T16:47:13+00:00

Yes, foreigners can fully own a company in Hong Kong as long as it is incorporated and has permits. 

Can I start a small business in Hong Kong?2021-06-10T16:47:23+00:00

If you need a quick answer to this, it is yes. You can follow these simple steps to start and operate a business in Hong Kong;

  • Determine the name under which you wish your company to operate.
  • Choose a legal structure for your business.
  • You need to incorporate your company (Paul hype Page services will help you with this).
  • You also need licenses and business permits before starting the business.
  • Finally, you’ll have to manage your business and file your taxes on time. 

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Ready to Register Your Company?

We have registered businesses from various industries across Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Hong Kong. Twenty years of cumulative experience have familiarized us with the twists and turns in company registration.

With the help of our experienced team and efficient incorporation services, your company will be formed in no time.

Discuss with us and pick a structure

Choose a suitable name for your company

Upload your documents to our platform

E-sign the incorporation papers we prepare

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