Hong Kong Branch Office

Register a Branch Office in Hong Kong. We manage the incorporation online and guide you through the process.

Registering a Branch Office in Hong Kong

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Singapore Company Registration

Branch Office

A branch office in Hong Kong is an extension of an overseas parent company, which is accountable for its liabilities and debts. The branch office is not considered a separate legal entity, but it must be registered with the Hong Kong Companies Registry as a non-Hong Kong company.

Key characteristics of a Branch Office in Hong Kong:

  • The Branch Office is subject to the same tax obligations as a company based in Hong Kong.
  • The Branch Office does not benefit from the Hong Kong Double Tax Treaty network.
  • Cannot sue or be sued or own property in branch’s name.

Incorporation Requirements

To register a Branch Office in Hong Kong, you must meet the following criteria:


A minimum of 1 and a maximum of 50 shareholders. Corporations can also be shareholders.

Company Secretary:

At least 1 secretary must be a Hong Kong resident (a Hong Kong citizen or Permanent Resident, or holding an Employment Pass, or Dependent Pass).

Registered Address:

The company must have a local registered address in Hong Kong.

Minimum Share Capital:

The minimum paid-up capital required is HKD 1.

Registration Process of a Branch Office

We guide you through our comprehensive step-by-step registration procedure: 

Submit your desired company name for approval.

Fill out our company registration application form and submit the required documents:

  • Passport and/or local ID number of all shareholders and directors. If you do not have a local resident director, TopFDI can provide one for you.
  • If a shareholder is a company: Name, registration number, passport scan copies of directors, date and country of  incorporation.
  • (Provided by TopFDI) Passport and/or local identification ID number of company secretary.
  • (Provided by TopFDI) Registered Address in Hong Kong.

Once approved, receive the Certificate of Incorporation, officially registering your company.

Post-Incorporation Services

To ensure your company remains compliant and operational, TopFDI offers post-incorporation services:

Corporate Bank Account Opening

Guidance on opening a bank account with leading local, international or digital banks.

Company Secretary Services

Professional company secretarial services to ensure compliance with statutory obligations.

Tax & Accounting

Assistance with the annual filing of returns and other compliance requirements.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. Non-Hong Kong residents may incorporate a local limited company in Hong Kong.

A private company must have a company secretary and at least one director who is a natural person (i.e. an individual). The sole director of a private company must not also be the company secretary. A private company having only one director must not have a body corporate as its company secretary if the sole director of that body corporate is also the sole director of the private company.
A public company or a company limited by guarantee must have a company secretary and at least two directors, one of whom may be the company secretary. It must not have a body corporate as its director.
If the company secretary is a natural person, he or she must ordinarily reside in Hong Kong. If the company secretary is a body corporate, the address of its registered or principal office should be in Hong Kong. There is no requirement under the Companies Ordinance that a director must be a Hong Kong resident.

The Companies Ordinance has not prescribed any requirement for the number of shares proposed to be issued. The articles of a company with a share capital may state the maximum number of shares that the company may issue (section 85(2)). A local company limited by shares shall be formed by at least one founder member.

There is no requirement on the minimum amount of a company’s paid-up capital under the Companies Ordinance.

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