Hong Kong Representative Office (RO)

Register a Representative Office (RO) in Hong Kong. We manage the incorporation online and guide you through the process.

Registering a Representative Office in Hong Kong

We help you to choose a right business structure according to your needs & requirements.

Singapore Company Registration

Representative Office

A representative office in Hong Kong is prohibited from engaging in any profit-generating business activities. The representative office cannot sign or enter into contracts, make deals, or engage in trading activities. Its functions are limited to promoting the parent company’s activities, liaising with clients, and conducting market research.

Key characteristics of a Representative office in Hong Kong:

  • The company name must be the same as the parent company.
  • The parent company is responsible for any debts and liabilities incurred by the Rep. Office.

Incorporation Requirements

To register a Representative 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 Representative 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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