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Setting Up Regional Headquarters in Hong Kong

Setting Up Regional Headquarters in Hong Kong

Establishing a regional headquarters (RH) in Hong Kong can offer your company strategic advantages in the Asian market. Here's an overview of the process:


  • Strategic location: Hong Kong boasts excellent connectivity and proximity to mainland China, making it ideal for regional operations.

  • Favorable business environment: The city offers a pro-business environment with a simple tax system, low tax rates, and a strong legal framework.

  • Talent pool: Hong Kong has a highly skilled and multilingual workforce, facilitating regional management.

Steps involved:

  1. Determine eligibility: Ensure your company meets the criteria for an RH as defined by the Hong Kong Census and Statistics Department.

  2. Choose the business structure: Decide on the most suitable legal structure for your RH, such as a limited liability company (LLC) or a branch office.

  3. Register your business: Register your RH with the Companies Registry of Hong Kong. Required documents typically include:

  • Company registration form

  • Certified copies of parent company documents (e.g., Certificate of Incorporation, Memorandum and Articles of Association)

  • Details of local representatives and registered address

  1. Obtain necessary licenses and permits: Depending on your industry, you might need additional licenses or permits to operate.

  2. Comply with tax regulations: Register for relevant taxes and comply with ongoing tax filing requirements.

Criteria for an RH

To qualify as a Regional Headquarters (RH) in Hong Kong, your company must meet specific criteria established by the Hong Kong Census and Statistics Department (C&SD). Here's a summary of the key requirements:

Core activities:

  • Your RH must engage in strategic decision-making for the Asia-Pacific region or a sub-region within it. This could involve:

  • Formulating regional business strategies.

  • Overseeing and coordinating regional operations.

  • Managing and controlling regional resources.

  • The RH should not be solely engaged in operational activities like sales, marketing, or customer service for the Hong Kong market.

Substance requirements:

  • Physical presence: You must establish a physical office in Hong Kong with adequate space and resources to support the RH's activities.

  • Personnel: You must employ a minimum of two professional and experienced staff in the RH who are primarily engaged in its strategic functions.

  • Expenditure: You must incur substantial operating expenditure in Hong Kong to support the RH's operations. This includes expenses like rent, salaries, and professional fees.

Additional considerations:

  • Nature of business: The C&SD may have specific requirements for certain industries. It's advisable to consult with them directly if your business falls into a specific category.

  • Documentation: You will need to provide supporting documentation to the C&SD to demonstrate how your RH meets the criteria. This may include business plans, organizational charts, and financial statements.

For more detailed information and the latest official guidance, it's recommended to refer directly to the C&SD website.

Remember, meeting the eligibility criteria is crucial for obtaining RH status and enjoying the associated benefits in Hong Kong. If you have any further questions or require assistance navigating the process, consulting with legal and professional experts specializing in Hong Kong business setup is highly recommended.

Additional considerations:

  • Seek professional guidance: Consulting with lawyers, accountants, and other professionals specializing in Hong Kong business setup can streamline the process and ensure compliance.

  • InvestHK: Leverage the support offered by InvestHK, a government agency facilitating foreign companies' establishment in Hong Kong

The specific requirements and procedures may vary depending on your company's unique circumstances. It's advisable to conduct thorough research and seek professional advice to ensure a smooth and successful RH establishment in Hong Kong.

How Bestar can Help

How Bestar can assist with setting up a regional headquarters in Hong Kong:

General assistance:

  • Company registration: Assisting with the registration process with the Companies Registry of Hong Kong, including preparing and submitting necessary documentation.

  • Liaison with authorities: Acting as a liaison between your company and relevant government departments or agencies.

  • Business structure advice: Advising on the most suitable legal structure for your RH, such as a limited liability company (LLC) or a branch office.

Taxation aspects:

  • Tax registration: Assisting with registering for relevant taxes in Hong Kong and ensuring compliance with ongoing tax filing requirements.

  • Tax planning: Providing advice on tax strategies to minimize your company's tax burden.

  • Tax compliance: Preparing and filing tax returns on your company's behalf.

Additional services:

  • Accounting and bookkeeping: Providing ongoing accounting and bookkeeping services to ensure your financial records are accurate and up-to-date.

  • Auditing: Assisting with audits if required.

  • Payroll services: Managing payroll for your Hong Kong employees.

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