Business Set-Up in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is a special administrative region of China located at the head of the Pearl River Delta. Entrepreneurs willing to establish their presence in Asia Pacific Market prefer doing business in Hong Kong. If you're one such entrepreneur, then connect with us to set up your business in Hong Kong. We provide hassle-free and end-to-end support services.

Benefits of doing Business in Hong Kong

The major benefits of doing business in Hong Kong are as follows:

Easy Incorporation

Free economy and trade

Attractive tax system

Direct access to Mainland China

Developed Infrastructure

Highly Qualified Workforce

Good Quality of Life

Stable Government

Freedom in capital movement

Member of Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)

No currency restriction

Banking and Payment Hub of the world

Eligible Business Structure under Company Registration in Hong Kong

Foreign businesses willing to expand their presence in the Hong Kong market can select from a wide variety of business structures. The companies in Hong Kong can be either private companies or public companies. The major types of companies which can be set up in Hong Kong as per the amendment of the Companies Ordinance (Cap. 622) are as follows:

Private Company Limited by shares or a Private Limited Company

Private Limited Companies are the most preferred business structure and account for 99% of all the companies registered in Hong Kong. Such a type of business structure is generally adopted by small to medium companies. The share capital of a private limited company is divided into several shares of a certain value. These shares are issued to the shareholders of the company and the liability of the shareholders extends to the unpaid subscription price of the shares.

Public Limited Company

A Public limited company is a company whose shares and debentures are offered to the public. A company that has limited liability and does not fall under the ambit of a private limited company or company limited by guarantee is considered a public limited company. Registration of a public limited company is comparatively stricter as compared to a private limited company. This type of business structure is usually adopted by big businesses that want to raise capital from the public.

Private and Public Unlimited companies with share capital

A private and public unlimited company is different from a private and public limited company because a private and public unlimited company has unlimited liability against the debts and obligations of the company. Each shareholder is jointly and severally liable.

Companies limited by guarantee without share capital

A company that is limited by guarantee does not have a share capital. In this type of business structure, the liability of the members extends to the amount of assets contributed by the company. Such legal structures are mostly preferred by non-profit making organizations especially those engaged in education, research, etc as they are not ideal for companies having a profit motive.

Branch Office

Apart from incorporating a company in Hong Kong, foreign businesses also have the option to open a branch office in Hong Kong. A branch office is an extension of an overseas company in Hong Kong. All the debts and liabilities of a branch office are borne by the foreign business. For opening a branch office in Hong Kong, a foreign business must register with the Company's Registry as a non-Hong Kong company to obtain a Business Registration Certificate (BRC).

Representative Office

A representative office is similar to a branch office and does not have a separate legal entity. The foreign representative office bears all the debts and liabilities of the representative office. However, a representative office does not require to be registered with the Companies Registry. It has to obtain a Business Registration Certificate from the Inland Revenue Department. A representative office is a preferred route to enter the Hong Kong market for market research purposes. It is also exempt from filing taxes as they do not engage in profit-generating commercial activities.

Different Types of Taxes in Hong Kong


Corporate Income Tax

Excise Tax

Property Tax

Stamp Duty

Special Stamp Duty

Buyer’s Stamp Duty

Government Rates and Rent

Payroll Taxes

Environmental Taxes

Withholding Taxes

About our Services

Enterslice is a market-leading management consultancy firm that offers end-to-end business setup, taxation, financial planning, regulatory, legal, and advisory services to entrepreneurs, young start-ups, and large corporate houses across the globe.

Our Hong Kong Entry Strategy service involves the following services:

About Hong Kong Entry Strategy

Our Hong Kong Entry Strategy can be further classified into the following:

Business Setup Services

Our business set-up services include Advisory relating to the selection of the best suitable business structure in Hong Kong. The various business structures in Hong Kong are private companies limited by shares, public limited companies, private and public unlimited companies with share capital, and companies limited by guarantee without share capital, branch office, and representative office. Our team assists in company registration, opening a bank account for the business, and post-registration compliance.

Consultancy on Managing the Business

Our team of consultants formulate strategic plans for the operation of your business depending on your business needs. We assist in formulating a budget and developing cash flow for your business. We also provide consultancy for issues related to the management of the business.

Legal Advisory Services

Our legal experts provide legal advice on day-to-day business operations, finances, IP protection, etc. We also draft and review legal Documents on behalf of your business and compile all the required Paper works. Finally, we also ensure that all the legal and regulatory compliance are duly complied with.

Accounting and Audit Advisory Services

Our team of accountants offers comprehensive services inclusive of practical advice and solutions to support clients in setting up their legal entities. After the setting up of the legal entity, we manage the essential administrative and back-office tasks such as accounting and a range of other related activities such as bookkeeping, audit reports, etc.

Tax Advisory Services

Our tax experts have the technical knowledge and a deep understanding of industry standards. This enables them to manage the tax obligations of our clients. We identify various ways to reduce your tax liability and deploy the latest tools and technology for the management of tax risks and obligations seamlessly and efficiently. We work closely with businesses in understanding their issues and developing strategies that align with the tax objectives and vision of businesses.

Intellectual Property Advisory Services

Our IP Experts assist in IP Compliance. We assist in getting IP registration by filling out applications for registration and compiling relevant Documents. Our team of IP experts advice on IP compliance and IP Protection. We also assist in enforcing IP rights against any infringement.

FAQ Section

There are several reasons which make Hong Kong one of the most preferred jurisdictions to open a foreign company. The reasons for Hong Kong being a preferred location from a business perspective are low tax rate, DTA with several countries, APEC membership, minimal currency restrictions, major payment and banking hubs, etc.

The following steps should be followed for company registration in Hong Kong:

Step 1: Choose a name for the company

Step 2: Select a suitable business structure for the company

Step 3: Submit the Application for registration purposes

Step 4: Collect the certificate of registration of the company

Step 5: Open a Bank Account

Step 6: Obtain the required business permits and licenses for the company

To learn about the detailed procedure for company registration Click Here.

The new legislation on incorporation and operation of companies in Hong Kong is the new Companies Ordinance ('the new CO') which consists of 921 sections and 11 schedules. It provides a modernized legal framework concerning the incorporation and operation of Hong Kong companies. The main objective of this legislation is to enhance corporate governance, facilitate better regulation of business, and modernization of law.

The currency of Hong Kong is the Hong Kong Dollar (HKD).

Yes, you can open a company in Hong Kong even if you're not physically present in Hong Kong.

No, there is no VAT or customs duty prevalent in Hong Kong.

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