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Establishing a Branch (Foreign Company) in Hong Kong

Updated: Dec 29, 2022

A foreign company can conduct business in Hong Kong through setting up a branch in Hong Kong.






Non-Hong Kong company required to be registered in Hong Kong


A non-Hong Kong company is required to register as a registered non-Hong Kong company within one month after the establishment of the place of business in Hong Kong.


Documents required to be delivered for registration


The following documents have to be delivered to the Registrar of Companies for registration:


a Form NN1 reporting the company's name, the address of the principal place of business, particulars of directors, company secretary and authorized representative in Hong Kong, etc.;


a certified copy of the instrument defining the company's constitution e.g. charter, statutes or memorandum and articles of association;


a certified copy of the company's certificate of incorporation (or its equivalent);


a certified copy of the company's latest published accounts; and


a Notice to Business Registration Office (IRBR2).

Copies of documents to be certified

Copies of documents should be certified pursuant to section 775 of the Companies Ordinance. You can read the text of the provision at www.elegislation.gov.hk.

Authorized representative


The following can act as an authorized representative of a registered non-Hong Kong company to accept on the company's behalf service of any process or notice required to be served on the company:

  1. a natural person resident in Hong Kong;

  2. a solicitor corporation;

  3. a corporate practice;

  4. a firm of solicitors; or

  5. a CPA firm


Application fees


Applicable for application delivered in electronic form

The application fee is HK$1,545 (which includes the non-refundable lodgment fee of HK$265). If the non-Hong Kong company has not yet registered its business under the Business Registration Ordinance, the prescribed business registration fee and levy must also be paid upon delivery of the IRBR2. Please refer to the Business Registration Fee and Levy Table for the relevant fee.


Applicable for application delivered in hard copy form

The application fee is HK$1,720 (which includes the non-refundable lodgment fee of HK$295). If the non-Hong Kong company has not yet registered its business under the Business Registration Ordinance, the prescribed business registration fee and levy must also be paid upon delivery of the IRBR2. Please refer to the Business Registration Fee and Levy Table for the relevant fee.


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