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Branch Registration



Branch Registration


Registering a branch office in Hong Kong involves two main steps:


  1. Approval of Company Name and Application for Branch Office Registration with the Companies Registry

  2. Business Registration with the Inland Revenue Department (IRD)


Here's a more detailed guide to help you through the process:


Company Name Approval and Branch Registration


  • Engage a professional services firm to assist you with the registration process.

  • Apply for company name approval with the Companies Registry.

  • Once the name is approved, submit the application for branch office registration with the Companies Registry. Required documents include:

  • Copies of the parent company's Memorandum and Articles of Association

  • Copy of the original incorporation certificate

  • A business registration certificate

  • Details of the company directors

  • Latest account statements


Business Registration with the IRD


  • You must register your branch office with the IRD's Business Registration Office and obtain a Business Registration Certificate within one month of establishing a place of business in Hong Kong.

  • The online application for branch registration can be done through the eTAX platform on the GovHK website.

  • You can also submit the application in person or by mail.


Additional Information


  • A branch office is considered a legal extension of the parent company and has the same compliance obligations as local companies in Hong Kong.

  • This includes obtaining a business registration certificate, opening a corporate bank account, and filing taxes.

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How Bestar can Help


Bestar specializes in company setup in Hong Kong, particularly for those unfamiliar with the process https://www.bestar-hk.com/services.


Here's how Bestar can help with your branch registration in Hong Kong:


  • Streamlined Process: We can handle the application paperwork and ensure it meets the Companies Registry's requirements, saving you time and potential errors.

  • Company Name Approval: Bestar can help you check for name availability and submit the application for approval.

  • Document Preparation: We can assist in gathering and preparing all the necessary documents from your parent company, including the Memorandum and Articles of Association, incorporation certificate, and financial statements.

  • Liaison:  We can act as a liaison between your company and the government departments involved, such as the Companies Registry and the IRD.

  • Compliance Guidance: Bestar can provide guidance on the ongoing compliance obligations for your branch office, such as business registration renewal and tax filing.


Overall, using Bestar can simplify the branch registration process in Hong Kong and ensure it's completed accurately and efficiently. This can be especially helpful if you're unfamiliar with Hong Kong's business regulations.




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