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Key Benefits of Running an International Business Through a Company Registered in Hong Kong
Made for global business
A record-holder for the world’s most open economies in the last two decades with a minimum level of restrictions and bureaucracy, independent judiciary, robust intellectual property protection, Hong Kong is an excellent choice for registering a company for many entrepreneurs around the world.
Hong Kong has a territorial principle of taxation. Only profits that have a source of origin in Hong Kong are taxable. Profits sourced outside of Hong Kong are not subject to Profits Tax. Registering a Hong Kong company provides you with all the benefits of friendly tax environment alongside with high international reputation.
No withholding tax
Dividend of a Hong Kong company are not taxable. Therefore, registering a company in Hong Kong allows you to easily pay out dividends to shareholders and investors of the company without extra costs.Hong Kong corporations may declare bonus issues (i.e. stock dividends), which are not taxable in the hands of the recipients.
Company in Hong Kong has no VAT or sales tax. You will not have to add an additional % to the value of your goods. Therefore, company registration in Hong Kong will allow you to win in the competitive price struggle with those companies that are forced to add VAT in their price.
No capital gains tax
There is no capital gains tax in Hong Kong. Both the interest income received from bank deposits and dividends received from corporations are exempt from profits tax.
Short incorporation time and minimum share capital of HK$1
A Hong Kong company can be registered in two days with a minimum share capital of HK$1.
No foreign exchange controls
Hong Kong Dollar is freely convertible currency and Hong Kong's currency legislation does not impose any restrictions. One can register Hong Kong company and enjoy working in any country and currency of the world without bureaucratic delays.
English is used in business circulation and every day life
English language is one of the two official languages in Hong Kong, and is widely used. All business documents and laws are published in English, which makes doing business in Hong Kong simple. Company registration in Hong Kong also takes place entirely in English.
Hong Kong is one of the most modern cities in the world. Business infrastructure in terms of transportation, telecommunications, IT connectivity and utilities if perfect. Combining the world-class international airport with efficient logistics facilities such as the cargo airport and shipping container port, makes a company registered in Hong Kong attractive for international business.
Gateway to mainland China
Hong Kong is the perfect gateway to mainland China. Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (CEPA) with China provides Hong Kong with additional and exclusive mainland market access benefits. If you’re planning to do business with a Chinese partners, then registering company in Hong Kong may be your best choice. Hong Kong’s location also gives companies easy access to the Indian and Australian consumer markets.
Just one director and one shareholder are required to set up a company in Hong Kong. Neither needs to be a resident of Hong Kong and there is no reason for these individuals to travel to open the company.
Registered address, no office required
A Hong Kong company can be opened with a registered address. There is no requirement for a physical office space in Hong Kong.
Foreign investment allowed
Hong Kong companies are allowed to invest in any industry without government restrictions regardless of the nationalities of their shareholders.
34 double tax treaties signed
Hong Kong boasts with 34 double tax treaties signed, which gives vast opportunities for withholding taxes on payments from abroad to be minimised.
Hong Kong Banking System
The banking system in Hong Kong is globally recognized as one of the most reliable in the world. By opening a Hong Kong company you are given the opportunity to open a bank account in Hong Kong and have the best banking service in the world.
Our fees for the formation and registration of a private company limited by shares in Hong Kong
Our prices are always a final price and do not contain any hidden fees!
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Additional Hong Kong company registration and support services
The following services are optional when registering and maintaining a company in Hong Kong.
Additional Hong Kong company registration services
1 year nominee shareholder service for a Hong Kong company
1 year nominee director service for a Hong Kong company
Hong Kong company seal
Express courier service outside of Hong Kong
Green box of Hong Kong company documents
Shareholder/director passport certification for remote online registration of Hong Kong company
Foreign company registration in Hong Kong
Additional company support services in Hong Kong
Order any additional document of a Hong Kong company certified by the Companies Registry
Order any additional Apostille document of a Hong Kong company
Сhange of director in Hong Kong company
Сhange of secretary in Hong Kong company
Сhange of shareholder in Hong Kong company
Order an additional Power of Attorney under the Apostille
Order certificate of Incumbency
from 150 €
Frequently asked questions regarding incorporation and maintenance of companies in Hong Kong.
What are the basic requirements for setting up a Hong Kong private company?
A Hong Kong registered company must meet the following minimum obligations:
How long does it take to register company in Hong Kong?
Registration of a company in Hong Kong usually takes 3 days after providing us with all the necessary documents and paying for the cost of services.
What documents do we need to provide to register a company in Hong Kong?
For the purpose of registration of a Hong Kong company, a client needs to provide the following documents:
1. Good-quality scan copy of a valid passport (not a photo) of the director and shareholder. Ideally, when these copies are notarized, but not required;
2. A copy of document confirming the address of the director and shareholder of the company (for example, utility bill or an extract from the bank where the name, surname, middle name of the person is given and his/her address of residence);
3. Reliably and fully completed questionnaire (form will be provided);
4. A prospective name of your new company in Hong Kong;
5. Describe the type of activity of your company;
6. The amount of registered capital,
Points to note when choosing a company name
A Hong Kong company name can be in English or Chinese. A company may adopt an English name and a Chinese name. A company name with a combination of English letters and Chinese characters is not acceptable.
A Hong Kong company name that is the same as a name appearing in the index of company names kept by the Registrar of Companies (the Registrar) will be rejected. A company name must also satisfy the relevant requirements of the Companies Ordinance.
A Chinese company name should be in traditional Chinese characters that can be found in the Kang Xi Dictionary (《康 熙字典》) or Ci Hai Dictionary (《辭海》字典) and the ISO 10646 international coding standard. The Chinese company name will be printed in “New Sai Ming” font (新細明體) on certificates of incorporation.
Hong Kong Company names containing words or expressions such as “trust”, “chamber of commerce” etc. set out in the Companies (Words and Expressions in Company Names) Order (Cap. 622A) will require prior approval of the Registrar before registration.
A proposed name of a Hong Kong company which is identical to a name that has been subject to a change of name direction issued by the Registrar will not be registered except with the prior approval of the Registrar. You are reminded to conduct a search (free of charge) on the list containing these old company names at the Registry’s Cyber Search Centre. A hyperlink to the list is provided on the screen displaying the company name search result.
In examining a proposed name before the company’s incorporation, the question of whether the name is “too like” that of a registered name will generally NOT form part of the Registrar’s consideration. You should consider carefully whether the proposed name could lead to a complaint as being “too like” an existing company name, and the possibility that it may be subject to a change of name direction by the Registrar after incorporation.
You are also reminded that it is in your interest to use a name which does not conflict with a trademark and which is sufficiently distinguished from any other name appearing in the Registrar’s index of company names. You should also search the Trademark Register (http://ipsearch.ipd.gov.hk) maintained by the Intellectual Property Department. Not only would this reduce the risk of a direction being issued by the Registrar to change your company name, the risk of an action for passing off or infringement of trademarks could similarly be reduced.
Application for business registration
In general, an application for business registration must be made within 1 month of the commencement of business. The application must be made in a prescribed form [Form 1(a), 1(b), 1(c) or 1(d)] and accompanied by the required supporting documents and full payment of the appropriate business registration fee and levy1 . Any person who applies for incorporation of a local company or registration of a non-Hong Kong company under the Companies Ordinance is deemed to have made a simultaneous application for business registration. The Notice to Business Registration Office (i.e. IRBR1 and IRBR2 for local and non-Hong Kong companies respectively) must be delivered together with the prescribed business registration fee and levy at the time when an application for incorporation of a local company or registration of a non-Hong Kong company is made with the Companies Registry.
How long does it take to apostill documents in Hong Kong?
To apostilize corporate documents of a company registered in Hong Kong, you must first certify them in the Registrar of Companies of Hong Kong, and Business Registration Certificate in Business Registrar Office of Hong Kong. After that, the documents are sent to the Hong Kong High Court for apostilization. The whole procedure takes about 10 business days.
Do I need to come to Hong Kong to register a company
A visit to Hong Kong to register a Hong Kong company is not required and the entire procedure is remote.
Do I need to check the name before starting the registration of a company in Hong Kong
The company name must be checked before you can proceed with the incorporation of a Hong Kong company. This is necessary in order to avoid additional costs for paying the state duties if you are refused the registration of the company due to the fact that company under such name has already been registered in Hong Kong.
Who can be the director of a company registered in Hong Kong?
A director of a Hong Kong company may be a natural person (or a company) of any nationality (apart from those countries that have sanctions under United Nations) and at least 18 years of age who is not bankrupt or convicted for any serious violation. A minimum of one individual director and unlimited maximum number of directors is possible. A director and shareholder may be one person. Nominee corporate or private directors can also be appointed. Directors Board meetings can be held anywhere in the world.
Who can be the shareholder of a company registered in Hong Kong?
A shareholder in a Hong Kong company may be a person (or a company) of any country of residence (apart from those countries that have sanctions under United Nations) and at east 18 years of age. Private limited company can have a minimum of 1 and maximum of 50 shareholders. A director and shareholder can be the same or different person. Appointment of nominee shareholders is allowed. Shareholders meetings can be held anywhere in the world.
Who is the Company Secretary in Hong Kong and what are its functions?
A limited company in Hong Kong is obliged under Hong Kong Companies Ordinance (Cap. 622) to appoint a local Company Secretary to ensure compliance of the company with the local laws of Hong Kong. A professional corporate company secretary must obtain an approval license (TCSP license) from the Companies Registry in order to render such services to its clients. The obligations of a secretary company in Hong Kong are generally as follows
Registered Address Requirements in Hong Kong
The Registered Office Address is the ongoing compliance company registered Hong Kong. Only local valid physical Hong Kong address is required as the company registered address. Post Office Box is not suitable as the registered Hong Kong registered address.
We provide you with a suitable registered address at a very acceptable price as part pf our company service.
I would like that my details as shareholder and director do not appear in the public records. Is it possible?
In a Hong Kong company, it is possible to use the services of a nominee director and shareholder. In this case, you will not be listed in the company register.
However, according to the laws of Hong Kong, a Significant Controller Persons must be installed and information about them must be kept with the company secretary. No public disclosure possible and this information is available for responsible Government bodies of Hong Kong.
What is the procedure for opening a company in Hong Kong?
Do I need to pay a salary to a foreign director of Hong Kong company and social contributions?
It is not necessary to pay a salary to a foreign director of a Hong Kong company. The fact is that this foreign Director is hired not in accordance with the labor laws of Hong Kong, but according to some other agreement on the provision of services or without an agreement according to an some arrangements between the shareholder and the director. Hong Kong law allows and apparently does this specifically to develop the Hong Kong corporate services market.It is important to note that this applies to those companies that do not operate in Hong Kong.
What are the taxes in Hong Kong for companies?
What are the requirements for authorized capital in Hong Kong companies?
The Company Ordinance does not provide any restrictions on the amount of share capital nor its currency. The amount and currency of the share capital in Hong Kong company company are entirely subject to founder decision.
The common practice is to register a company with a share capital of between HKD1,000 to HKD10,000, or similar amount in other currencies (for non-regulated activities) to make it easier to distribute shares to several shareholders.
The share capital can be increased.
The authorized share capital is not necessary to pay. Therefore, you do not bear any costs for paying the authorized capital when registering a company in Hong Kong.
What are the regular annual fees for maintaining a Hong Kong company?
The cost of maintaining a company incorporated in Hong Kong standardly consists of the following:
Is it possible to purchase a ready-made company?
It is possible to buy Hong Kong ready-to-use shelf companies.Typically, these companies come with the nominee services of the director and shareholder due to the fact that the change in this case occurs very quickly - renewal of the Trust Declaration and Power of Attorney. No need to change information in the company registrar.
If it is physically required to change the director and shareholder in the company registrar, it is much easier to create a new company than to carry out this change.
When do we need to appoint an auditor for a Hong Kong company?
An auditor of a Hong Kong company must be appointed within 18 months from the date of company incorporation. This is done before the first annual general meeting of the company since audited financials will need to be presented to the members in the annual general meeting.
Companies Registry / Business Registration Office / Trade Marks Registry
Do I need a visa to enter Hong Kong?
Tourists from many countries are allowed to enter Hong Kong without a visa for periods from 7 to 180 days, depending on nationality. It is possible to check with the Hong Kong Immigration Department for details about visa requirements.
When is the best time to visit Hong Kong?
Hong Kong is a very famous traveling destination for all year around. The city has a mild climate from the middle of September to the end of February, while the weather from May to mid-September can be hot, wet and humid, with August being the wettest month. For accurate weather information you can visit the Hong Kong Observatory website.
Where is the better to stay in Hong Kong?
Hong Kong is very compact place and tourists are never far away from major shopping areas and attractions. Traveling around is very simple. Most hotels are located close to the harbour-front in Central, Wan Chai, Causeway Bay and North Point on Hong Kong Island, and in Tsim Sha Tsui, Tsim Sha Tsui East and Hung Hom in Kowloon. You may also find a lot of place to stay within Kowloon’s busy areas of Yau Ma Tei and Mong Kok. There is also a increasing number of resort-style hotels in the New Territories and the Outlying Islands that offer more relaxing alternatives.
What are Hong Kong’s official business hours?
Working hours depend on any concrete business and company, but approximately:
Short history of Hong Kong
Under the principle of 'One Country - Two Systems', Hong Kong became a Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China on 1 July 1997. This event gave the city the freedom to enjoy a high degree of autonomy, including keeping its capitalist system, independent judiciary and rule of law, free trade and freedom of speech.
As we know it today, Hong Kong was created when China’s Qing dynasty government was defeated in the First Opium War in 1842, when it ceded Hong Kong Island to Britain. During sixty years, Kowloon, the New Territories and 235 Outlying Islands were also given to Britain for lease. From the start as a British colony, Hong Kong served as a centre of international trade. During the early 20th century, the city’s population was increased due to refugees, mostly from China. Arriving of immigrants in large numbers helped create a new role for Hong Kong as a major manufacturing center. In recent decades, as China's economy has gone through a process of opening to the world, Hong Kong has changed yet again - into a service-based economy as well as an important gateway to the world’s largest market.
When you arrive to the airport of Hong Kong, at a boundary control point automatic sensors will measure your temperature. If the body temperature is considered dangerous, you may be required to take party in a quick health check
Please, find out more information on the Department of Health website.
Hong Kong boasts first-class hospitals that provide outstanding healthcare. Tourists in need of accident and emergency care may seek treatment in the city’s public hospitals for a fee, and will always be treated even if they cannot pay immediately.
Please, find more information at the Hospital Authority website.
The general principles of directors' duties
company registered in Hong Kong
Principle № 1: Act in good faith for the benefit of the company as a whole
A director of a Hong Kong company have to act in good faith in the best interests of the company. It means that a director owes a duty to act in the interests of all its shareholders, current and in the future. In carrying out this duty, a director should (as far as practicable) have regard to the need to achieve outcomes that are fair as between its members.
Principle № 2: To use powers for a proper purpose for the benefit of members as a whole
A director of a Hong Kong company should exercise his power for a "proper purpose". This means that he must not exercise his powers for purposes that are different from purposes for which they were conferred. The primary and substantial purpose of the exercise of a director's powers must be for the benefit of the company. If the primary motive is found to be for some other reasons (e.g. to benefit one or more directors and to gain control of the company), then the effects of his exercise of his power may be set aside. This duty can be breached even if he has acted in good faith.
Principle № 3: Not to delegate powers except with proper authorisation and duty to exercise independent judgement
Except where authorised to do so by the company's memorandum and articles of association (the "constitution") or any resolution, a director of a Hong Kong company should not delegate any of his powers. He must exercise independent judgement in relation to any exercise of his powers.
Principle № 4: Duty to exercise care, skill and diligence
A director of a company registered in Hong Kong should exercise reasonable care, skill and diligence. It means the care, skill and diligence that would be exercised by a reasonably diligent person with (i) the general knowledge, skill and experience that may reasonably be expected of a person carrying out the functions carried out by the director in relation to the company; and (ii) the general knowledge, skill and experience that the director has.
Principle № 5: To avoid conflicts between personal interests and interests of the company
A director of a company registered in Hong Kong should not allow personal interests to conflict with the interests of the company.
Principle № 6: Not to enter into transactions in which the directors have an interest except in compliance with the requirements of the law
A director of a Hong Kong company has certain duties where he has a material interest in any transaction to which the company is, or may be, a party. Until he has complied with these duties, he should not during his functions as a director, authorise, procure or permit the company to enter into a transaction. Furthermore, director should not enter into a transaction with the company, unless he has complied with the requirements of the law. The law requires a director to disclose the nature of his interest in respect of such transactions. Under certain circumstances the constitution may prescribe procedures to secure the approval of directors or members in respect of proposed transactions. A director must disclose the relevant interest to the extent required. Where applicable, he must secure the requisite approval of other directors or members.
Principle № 7: Not to gain advantage from use of position as a director
A director of a Hong Kong company should not use his position as a director to gain (directly or indirectly) an advantage for himself, or someone else, or which causes detriment to the company.
Principle № 8: Not to make unauthorised use of company's property or information
A director of a Hong Kong company should not use the company's property or information, or any opportunity that presents itself to the company, of which he becomes aware as a director of the company. This is except where the use or benefit has been disclosed to the company in general meeting and the company has consented to it.
Principle № 8: Not to accept personal benefit from third parties conferred because of position as a director
A director or former director of a company incorporated in Hong Kong should not accept any benefit from a third party, which is conferred because of the powers he has as director or by way of reward for any exercise of his powers as a director. This is unless the company itself confers the benefit, or the company has consented to it by ordinary resolution, or where the benefit is necessarily incidental to the proper performance of any of his functions as director.