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Hong Kong's Naming Regulations

Updated: Apr 16

Hong Kong's Naming Regulations

There are specific regulations regarding naming a business in Hong Kong. The Companies Registry of Hong Kong is responsible for overseeing these regulations to ensure a business name is unique, adheres to specific language requirements, and doesn't mislead the public.

Here's a summary of the key regulations for naming a company in Hong Kong:

  • Language: A company name can be in English, Chinese, or both. However, combining English words/letters and Chinese characters in one name is not allowed. Opens in a new Hong Kong Businessman

  • Uniqueness: The name must be unique and not identical or confusingly similar to an existing registered company.

  • Clarity and Conveinence: The name should be clear and understandable and not misleading about the nature of the business.

  • Ending Words: An English company name must end with the word "Limited" while a Chinese company name must end with the characters "有限公司" (有限公司 means "limited company" in Chinese).

  • Character Restrictions:

  • Chinese characters must be found in either the Kang Xi Dictionary (康熙字典) or Ci Hai Dictionary (辭海).

  • They must also adhere to ISO 10646 international coding standards.

  • Restricted Words: Certain words or phrases may be restricted due to legal reasons. It's always best to consult with the Companies Registry if you're unsure about a particular word or phrase.

For more details, you can refer to the official guidelines provided by the Companies Registry.

How Bestar HK can Help

Bestar offers company registration services, which usually involves checking for name availability. You can visit Bestar to learn more about our services.

Bestar helps with name availability checks for Hong Kong company registration in the following way:

  • We will ask you for your desired company name.

  • We will then check with the Companies Registry of Hong Kong to see if the name is available.

  • If the name is not available, we will help you come up with a new name that is available.

If you are interested in learning more about how Bestar can help you with your company registration in Hong Kong, you can visit our website or contact us.

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