Registering a Company in Hong Kong (Legal Information)
Why is registering a company in Hong Kong so exceptionally lucrative? Hong Kong is one of the most important financial centers in the world. Hundreds of thousands of companies owned by business people from many countries operate there. Its convenient tax policy and the many business opportunities that Hong Kong offers arouse great interest among entrepreneurs not just from Israel but also all over the world. In this guide you will find information that will help you understand in depth the benefits inherent in starting a business in Hong Kong, as well as the legal procedure for doing so.
Our law firm in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv has over 30 years of experience in immigration law and establishment of businesses in a variety of destinations around the world. The firm assists Israeli and international clients with all the legal procedures required for registering a company in Hong Kong, and works in full coordination with the authorities for this purpose. Our law office also offers advice on international taxation matters and assists with all the procedures required in this regard.
Hong Kong – An International Economic Power
Hong Kong is considered by many to be an economic marvel. In less than 100 years, it has turned from a small poor port city into one of the most developed economies in the world. It promotes a free economy, which consists mainly of international trade in a variety of fields, primarily trade and logistics, financial services, and tourism. It is a high-tech center where huge companies such as Facebook, Google, Apple, and more operate. Many other international companies have established their headquarters in Asia.
The question arises as to what makes Hong Kong such an attractive target for business activity. The answer lies in the policies of the Hong Kong authorities, who advocate business activity and free trade. Taxation in Hong Kong is quite low. In addition, the local currency in Hong Kong (the Hong Kong Dollar) is very stable and, in 2019, was among the ten most traded currencies in the world. Due to all this, Hong Kong is among the countries at the top of the international Ease of Doing Business ranking.
Starting a Company in Hong Kong
Anyone interested in starting a business in Hong Kong is required to register an incorporation there. In Hong Kong, there is a distinction between a limited liability company and a company limited by guarantee. The second type is more common to non-profit companies. It is also possible to register a branch of a foreign company in Hong Kong instead of a local company. It is important to decide in advance what type of corporation is the most appropriate for the specific business that you wish to start.
After incorporating your company in Hong Kong, you must apply for an occupation license. The type of license is determined according to the type of business that you wish to operate. There are various types of license, such as a catering license, a tourism license, a trade license, an import-export license, and so on.
Requirements for Registering a Company in Hong Kong
There are various requirements regarding the choice of a company name, which are listed in a governmental guide that has been published on the subject. For example, a company name must end in the word “limited” if the company name is in English, or an equivalent suffix if the company name is in Chinese. The name of the company cannot be the same as the name of a corporation that already exists, or infringe upon the intellectual property rights of another company.
In addition, an application form for forming an incorporation must be submitted, as well as the company articles of association, and a notice must be sent to the Hong Kong Business Registration Office (BRO) regarding the establishment of the company. After the application is approved, certificates of incorporation will be issued, allowing the company to start operating. Fees for registering a company in Hong Kong are not particularly high. Among the services offered by our firm, we assist entrepreneurs and business people who are interested in starting a company in Hong Kong. We assist, among other things, with applications for company registration, applications for business licenses, and applications for business visas.
Registering a Company in Hong Kong – Contact a Corporate Lawyer
If you have legal questions regarding the establishment of a company in Hong Kong, or need any assistance in the matter, you can contact a lawyer specializing in corporate law and immigration law from our law firm. Our firm regularly assists in the establishment of businesses and companies overseas in a variety of destinations, and in ongoing consulting for corporations and officers regarding corporate governance, international taxation, etc.