Incorporation of Company

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Hong Kong

Hong Kong is an attractive location for foreign company formation as it requires no taxation on earnings from outside of the country. It also acts as a gateway to mainland China which is also very enticing for company incorporation in Hong Kong. There is much to consider before a company decides to be incorporated in Hong Kong. One of these considerations is that the names of the shareholders and directors of the company are required to be open to the public thus there is no anonymity. As part of our Hong Kong company formation service, we do offer the option of company formation using nominee shareholders and/or nominee directors thereforethe name of the beneficial owner remains confidential.

Hong Kong is considered to be one of the leading jurisdictions for incorporation of a company. It is also one of the most popular with more than 320,000 companies having been registered there in the past few years.


Principal Corporate Legislation: Companies Ordinance (Cap 32)
Type of Law: Common
Language of Legislation and Corporate Documents: Chinese and English
Type of Company for International Trade, Investment & Tax Planning: Private Limited Company


Hong Kong Private Limited Company

Share Capital
Standard authorised share capital is HKD1,000. Minimum paid up share capital is HKD1.
Classes of Share
Available Ordinary shares, preference shares, redeemable shares and shares with or without voting rights.
Bearer Shares
Not permitted.
Restrictions on Trading
Banking, insurance, assurance, reinsurance, fund management, collective investment schemes, trust management, trusteeship business provision are not permitted.
Registered Office Required
Yes, must be maintained in Hong Kong.
The minimum number of directors is one. Director can be of any nationality and need not be resident in Hong Kong. Corporate directors are permitted.
The minimum number of shareholders is one.
Publicly Accessible Records
Nominee Shareholders and Nominee Directors
Location of Meetings of Directors and Shareholders
Disclosure of Beneficial Ownership to Authorities
Personal Presence Required
HK profits tax is ONLY charged on profits earned from a trade, profession or business carried on in Hong Kong. Thus this means that a company which carries on business in HK, but earns profits from another place, is not required to pay tax in HK on those profits. Profit earned inside HK is currently subject to a rate of taxation of 16.5%. There is no tax in HK on capital gains, dividends and interest earned.
Double Taxation Treaty Access
Requirements to File Accounts
Requirement to File Annual Return
Audit Requirements
Hong Kong dollar (HKD).
Exchange Control
Language of Name
English or Chinese.
Restricted Words
Words such as "Assurance", "Bank", "Building Society", "Royal", "Trust Company", "Trustee Company" etc. will require justification.
Name of a Company
The word "Limited" must be part of the name of every company.
Time to Incorporate
Two days.
Shelf Companies
HKShelf companies are available.


Cost of Formation: Request a quotation



Card PMT provides the following services in HK:

  • HK Company Formation
  • Registered Office Services
  • Secretarial Services
  • Nominee Shareholder/Nominee Director
  • Opening of Bank Accounts in HK and in other jurisdictions
  • Full Administration Services
  • Mailing Address
  • Virtual Office
  • Book Keeping & Audit
  • Trademark Registration


Please contact us for your free initial consultation.


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