Trust & Corporate Services

Hong Kong Company Registration

Company registration is the process of giving legal recognition to a business organization. It is a process Hong Kong law requires for tax compliance purposes and it is a process that is essential if the owners of the company wish to limit their own personal liabilities.

Though company registration procedures are straightforward, many questions that need to be answered before and after registration are not. Key threshold questions are whether to register a company in Hong Kong and if so, how to structure the company to minimize taxes and achieve commercial objectives. Answering these questions requires a more nuanced grasp of Hong Kong's offering as an international business and financial centre and a deeper understanding of Hong Kong's tax regime. Even after these difficult questions are answered, there is an ongoing issue of how the new company will comply with Hong Kong laws consequent to registration.

Timothy Loh Corporate Services has over 15 years of experience helping clients with Hong Kong company registrations. We assist clients throughout the company registration process, providing the necessary advice on these and other key structural questions and handling registration formalities. Following registration, we offer a full range of corporate services including Hong Kong company secretarial services with a view to ensuring that clients comply with statutory requirements consequent to registration and supporting clients in meeting commercial objectives.

Pre-Registration FAQs

Hong Kong Company Incorporation

Incorporation is a legal process to create a Hong Kong company that is recognized under the Companies Ordinance as a separate legal person independent from its owners. A Hong Kong incorporated company can own its own assets and incur its own liabilities and can sue and be sued in its own name.

How We Help with Hong Kong Company Incorporation

In our Hong Kong company registration service, we advise on pre-incorporation issues including choice of name, identification of suitable directors and share capital structure and we prepare and file documents to incorporate a registered company in Hong Kong.

We work closely with the hedge fund practice of our affiliated law firm, Timothy Loh LLP, in the case of open-ended fund companies ("OFCs") and with their corporate law practice in cases where there may be a need to customize the articles of association of a Hong Kong incorporated company or to put in place shareholder agreements to govern the relationship between shareholders.

Corporate Services Following Hong Kong Company Incorporation

We provide a full suite of corporate services following a Hong Kong company incorporation, including:

  • Provision of Hong Kong company secretary services. Under the Companies Ordinance, every Hong Kong incorporated company must appoint a Hong Kong company secretary. As a highly experienced company secretarial service provider, we ensure that the company complies with multitude of Hong Kong company law requirements.

  • Opening of Hong Kong bank account. In this service, we leverage our knowledge and that of our affiliate law firm in anti-money laundering regulations, tax laws and banking regulations governing how banks open accounts to maximize the chance of a smooth and timely opening of a company bank account.

  • Provision of a Hong Kong registered office address. Under the Companies Ordinance, every Hong Kong incorporated company must maintain a registered office address in Hong Kong. In this service, we act as an agent on the ground in Hong Kong to receive, filter and route government correspondence, legal process and business correspondence.

  • Provision of directors.

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Hong Kong Company Incorporation FAQs

Hong Kong Partnership Registration

A partnership is a form of business organization in which 2 or more persons carry on a business with a common view to making a profit. A partnership is not a separate legal person but a grouping of persons in an unincorporated form.

How We Help with Partnership Registration

Our Hong Kong company registration services includes the following:

  • Advising on whether a partnership is suitable and if so, what type of partnership may be right. Hong Kong offers 4 types of partnerships, namely general partnerships, limited partnerships, limited liability partnerships and limited partnership funds.

  • Preparation of partnership agreements

  • Handling registration formalities.

In the case of limited partnerships and LPFs, we can assist with the formation of Hong Kong incorporated company to serve as the general partner and the formation of a Hong Kong incorporated company to serve as the initial limited partner.

We work closely with the private equity practice of our affiliated law firm, Timothy Loh LLP in the case of LPFs and with their corporate law practice in cases where there may be a need to customize the partnership agreement or to setup a shareholders agreement to govern the relationship amongst the shareholders of the general partner.

Corporate Services Following Partnership Registration

Following the registration of a partnership, we offer a full range of services including the following:

  • Acting as the Hong Kong company secretary for each partner (including the general) which is a Hong Kong incorporated company. In this role, in addition to the services we offer for all Hong Kong incorporated companies, we leverage our extensive experience in company secretarial matters to help the partner to meet its fiduciary duties to the other partners, comply with statutory requirements applicable to partners as partners of a partnership and comply with the terms and conditions of the partnership agreement to which the partner is bound. At the same time, we can help to maintain statutory records of the partnership including registers of partners.

  • Opening of Hong Kong bank account. As with companies, in this service, we leverage our knowledge and that of our affiliate law firm to maximize the chance of a smooth and timely opening of a company bank account but this time, taking into account the special requirements which apply to partnerships.

  • Provision of registered office address for the general partner. In this service, we not only receive and route communications for the partner but, where appropriate, for the partnership.

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Foreign Company Registration in Hong Kong

A foreign company may be registered in Hong Kong as a branch. If a foreign company establishes a place of business in Hong Kong, the Companies Ordinance provides that the company must register with the Companies Registry as a foreign company within 1 month of it establishing that place of business.

In our Hong Kong company registration service, we can advise on whether a foreign company has a place of business in Hong Kong, handle the foreign company registration procedures under the Companies Ordinance and advise on the appointment of an "authorized representative" to receive service of process. Once a foreign company has been registered, we can advise on formalities that come with foreign company registration in Hong Kong including annual and ad hoc filing requirements.

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Registration of Hong Kong Representative Office of Foreign Company

An overseas company may carry on business through a representative office. In this case, the overseas company has no place of business in Hong Kong, in the sense that it has an office in Hong Kong that does not have any authority to enter into contracts. In our Hong Kong company registration service, we can handle business registration formalities and advise upon the limitations of a representative office.

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