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New to Hong Kong
Starting a business

Hong Kong is acknowledged internationally as an easy place to do business.  A week and a few hundred dollars is all you need to set up a company and open a bank account, however of course we advise seeking advice from an accountant on the type of company that suits you best.

Sole proprietorship

You entirely own the company, and are personally responsible for all the liabilities of the business.


You and your partner(s) own the company, and have joint personal liability of the business.

Limited liability company

Owners / shareholders of a limited liability company are not required to take up personal liabilities except up to the nominal value of their shareholdings.

Branch office of an overseas company

Companies incorporated outside of Hong Kong can establish a branch office as an extension of the investing company. This allows them to leverage off the credit rating of the overseas owner.

Should you be investigating the potential of a base in Hong Kong then opening a Representative office may be the answer. However your office can only fulfil limited functions, for example promotion and liaison work, such as collecting information and contacts.  Should you wish to enter into any transaction that creates a legal obligation you will need to change the status of your business structure to one of those above.


For assistance with immigration issues we recommend speaking to:

7/F, 80 Gloucester Road, Wanchai
T: 2783 7183
F: 2359 7542
E: asia@emigra.com

Business Registration

Inland Revenue Department  

Level 4, Revenue Tower, 5 Gloucester Tower, Wanchai
T: 2594 3146
Check website for current costs.

Business Registration Office
T: 2234 9933

For setting up a company contact

Comsec Services Ltd  
S. Liu & Co. 1604, Kinwick Centre, 32 Hollywood Road
T: 2868 1287
F: 2868 1163
E: Suzanne@hongkongcpa.com

Temporary office accommodation

The Executive Centre  
Suite 1805, Wheelock House, 20 Pedder Street
T: 2293 2293
F: 2918 9862

Have several locations across Central.

Graphic design services


Networking opportunities

Australian Chamber of Commerce, 4/F, Lucky Building, 39 Wellington Street, Central
T: 2522 5054
F: 2877 0860

British Chamber of Commerce, Room 1201 Emperor Group Center, 288 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai
T: 2824 2211
F: 2824 1333

American Chamber of Commerce, 1904 Bank of America Tower, 12 Harcourt Road, Central
T: 2526 0165
F: 2810 1289

Women Business Owners Club  
1608 Eastern Harbour Centre, 28 Hoi Chak Street, Quarry Bay
T: 2541 0446

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