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Public Limited Company


Public Limited Company | Bestar
Public Limited Company | Bestar


Public Limited Company


A Public Limited Company (PLC) in Hong Kong is a company that is limited by shares and can offer its shares and debentures to the public. It can have more than 50 shareholders. Most Hong Kong PLCs are derived from medium to large private companies that want to expand their investor base and raise capital from the public.


The requirements for a public company in Hong Kong are:

  • It must have a company name that ends with "Limited" or "Ltd".

  • It must have a minimum authorized share capital of HKD 10,000.

  • It must have a company secretary who is a natural person ordinarily resident in Hong Kong.

  • It must have at least two directors, one of whom may be the company secretary.

  • It must file its annual return and financial statements with the Companies Registry.

The advantages of a public company in Hong Kong include:

  • The ability to raise capital from the public.

  • The ability to list its shares on a stock exchange.

  • The ability to attract a wider range of investors.

  • The ability to create a more professional image.

The disadvantages of a public company in Hong Kong include:

  • The need to comply with more stringent rules and regulations.

  • The need to disclose more information to the public.

  • The risk of takeovers and hostile bids.

If you are considering setting up a public company in Hong Kong, you should carefully consider the advantages and disadvantages before making a decision. You should also seek professional advice from Bestar who is familiar with the Hong Kong Companies Ordinance.


Here are some additional things to keep in mind when setting up a public company in Hong Kong:

  • You will need to appoint a registered agent in Hong Kong.

  • You will need to open a bank account in Hong Kong.

  • You will need to register your company with the Companies Registry.

  • You will need to file your annual return and financial statements with the Companies Registry.

Why Public Limited Company in Hong Kong


There are many reasons why a business owner might choose to set up a public limited company (PLC) in Hong Kong. Here are some of the most common reasons:

  • To raise capital from the public. A PLC can offer its shares to the public, which can be a great way to raise capital for expansion, research and development, or other business needs.

  • To list its shares on a stock exchange. A PLC can list its shares on a stock exchange, which can give it access to a wider pool of investors and increase its liquidity.

  • To attract a wider range of investors. A PLC is generally seen as a more professional and reputable business structure than a private limited company, which can make it more attractive to investors.

  • To create a more professional image. A PLC can help a business to create a more professional image and attract more customers and clients.

Of course, there are also some disadvantages to setting up a PLC in Hong Kong. These include:

  • More stringent regulations. PLCs are subject to more stringent regulations than private limited companies, which can increase the cost and complexity of running a business.

  • More disclosure requirements. PLCs are required to disclose more information to the public, which can make them more vulnerable to corporate espionage or other threats.

  • Risk of takeovers. PLCs are more vulnerable to takeovers than private limited companies, which can give shareholders less control over the company.

Ultimately, the decision of whether or not to set up a PLC in Hong Kong is a complex one that should be made on a case-by-case basis. If you are considering setting up a PLC, you should carefully weigh the advantages and disadvantages before making a decision.


Here are some additional things to consider when deciding whether to set up a PLC in Hong Kong:

  • The size and growth potential of your business.

  • The amount of capital you need to raise.

  • Your target investor base.

  • Your industry and the regulatory environment.

  • Your own personal preferences.

If you are not sure whether a PLC is the right business structure for you, you should consult with Bestar who can advise you on the best option for your specific situation.


How Bestar can Help


Bestar is a professional corporate services provider in Hong Kong. We can help you with all aspects of setting up and running a public limited company (PLC) in Hong Kong, including:

  • Company formation. Bestar can help you choose the right business structure for your needs and register your company with the Companies Registry.

  • Shareholder services. Bestar can help you manage your shareholders' register and facilitate share transfers.

  • Director services. Bestar can help you appoint directors to your board and provide secretarial services.

  • Compliance. Bestar can help you stay compliant with Hong Kong's corporate laws and regulations.

  • Accounting and taxation. Bestar can provide you with accounting and taxation services to help you manage your finances.

  • Professional services. Bestar can provide you with professional advice on a variety of matters, including corporate law, and employment law.

Bestar is a well-established and reputable corporate services provider with a team of experienced professionals. We can help you set up and run your PLC in Hong Kong with ease and efficiency.


Here are some specific services that Bestar can offer to public limited companies in Hong Kong:

  • Company secretarial services. Bestar can provide company secretarial services, which include:

    • Filing annual returns and financial statements with the Companies Registry.

    • Calling and managing shareholder meetings.

    • Preparing and circulating board meeting minutes.

    • Maintaining the company's registers of shareholders and directors.


  • Shareholder services. Bestar can provide shareholder services, which include:

    • Registering new shareholders.

    • Transferring shares between shareholders.

    • Cancelling shares.

    • Providing shareholder communications.


  • Director services. Bestar can provide director services, which include:

    • Appointing and removing directors.

    • Providing director training.

    • Administering director's duties and responsibilities.


  • Compliance services. Bestar can provide compliance services, which include:

    • Advising on Hong Kong corporate law and regulations.

    • Monitoring changes to corporate law and regulations.

    • Ensuring that the company complies with all applicable laws and regulations.


  • Accounting and taxation services. Bestar can provide accounting and taxation services, which include:

    • Preparing financial statements.

    • Filing tax returns.

    • Advising on tax planning.


If you are considering setting up a public limited company in Hong Kong, Bestar is a good option to consider. We have a team of experienced professionals who can help you with all aspects of setting up and running your company. Contact us today!

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