Registration of Hong Kong limited company
Updated: Mar 19
To form a local limited company, you have to propose a company name. You may find out whether the proposed name has already been used by an existing company by conducting a company name search free of charge through the Company Registry’s Cyber Search Centre (www.icris.cr.gov.hk) or the Company Search Mobile Service (www.mobile-cr.gov.hk). You can also conduct the company name search at the Public Search Centre at the Companies Registry.
Please note that:-
A company name which is not the same as a name appearing in the index of company names kept by the Registrar of Companies is not necessarily registrable as it must also comply with other requirements set out in the Companies Ordinance.
In examining a proposed name, the question of whether the name is “too like” that of a registered name will generally not form part of the consideration of the Registrar of Companies. 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 of Companies after incorporation. For details of the criteria which the Registrar of Companies will apply in forming an opinion as to whether a name is "too like", please refer to the "Guideline on Registration of Company Names for Hong Kong Companies".
(www.cr.gov.hk/en/companies_ordinance/docs/Guide_RegCompName-e.pdf) which can be viewed or downloaded from the Companies Registry's website.
The application for incorporation must meet all the requirements of the Companies Ordinance.
Under the one stop company and business registration service, any person who applies for incorporation of a local limited company under the Companies Ordinance will be deemed to have made a simultaneous application for business registration. Upon approval of an application for company incorporation, the Companies Registry will issue the Certificate of Incorporation and the Business Registration Certificate in one go. For electronic application delivered at the Companies Registry’s electronic service portal “e-Registry” (www.eregistry.gov.hk) or via the “CR eFiling” mobile application which can be downloaded free of charge from App Store or Google Play, the electronic Certificate of Incorporation and Business Registration Certificate will normally be issued in electronic form within 1 hour. If the application is delivered in hard copy form, the certificates will normally be issued in hard copy form within 4 working days (excluding the day of delivery).
A company incorporated outside Hong Kong, which has established a place of business in Hong Kong, should deliver documents to the Registrar of Companies for registration within one month after the establishment of the place of business in Hong Kong under section 776 of the Companies Ordinance. Under the one-stop company and business registration service, any person who applies for registration of a non-Hong Kong company under the Companies Ordinance, if the company has not yet registered under the Business Registration Ordinance, will be deemed to have made a simultaneous application for business registration. Certificate of Registration of Non-Hong Kong Company and the Business Registration Certificate, if applicable, will be issued in electronic form for electronic application delivered at the Companies Registry’s electronic service portal “e-Registry” (www.eregistry.gov.hk); and in hard copy form for applications delivered in hard copy form. The certificate(s) will normally be issued within 13 working days (excluding the day of delivery).Certificates in electronic form or hard copy form have the same legal effect.
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