Setting up in Hong Kong 

Frequently Asked Questions:

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Do I form a company, branch, or representative office?
How do I form the entity that I need?     
What are the employer and employee issues?     
Who can help me with payroll and accounting functions?
Who can look after my audit / reporting requirements? 


Do I form a company, branch, or representative office?

We will examine your business activities and advise you on where your company might have a taxable presence.  We can provide you with a comparison of the tax implications of your operations using different forms of entity (subsidiary, branch or representative office) and advise you on the most tax-efficient way to structure your operations.  We will consider the appropriateness of using offshore structures in the context of your business. 

Key Contact
Nick Dignan, +[852] 2289 3702, email me


How do I form the entity that I need?

We can assist you with the establishment of the Hong Kong company, branch or representative office and any offshore company or the acquisition of a shelf company in Hong Kong or offshore.  We can help you register with the Hong Kong Companies Registrar, Inland Revenue Department and other regulatory authorities.  We can also co-ordinate with registered agents in respect of overseas companies.  
   
We can help you apply for a Hong Kong business licence if required for your industry (eg financial services and telecommunications industries) and also register domain names in the region.  You may also need a business address but have not found suitable premises, we can provide you with a business address.  
   
Key Contact
Reynold Hung, +[852] 2289 3604, email me


What are the employer and employee issues?

The employer needs to obtain visas for all expatriate employees unless they have right of abode in Hong Kong.  This must be obtained before the employee comes to Hong Kong.  The employer sponsor can apply for the employee's visa at the Chinese Visa Office in the place of residence of the employee or from the Hong Kong Immigration Department.  We can help employers apply for visas. 
  
We can also advise on other employment issues such as tax-efficient structuring of remuneration packages, stock options and pension schemes, preparation of the employees' Hong Kong and overseas tax returns, preparation of the employer's tax return, drafting of employment contracts and other employment issues.    

Key Contact
Mandy Kwok, +[852] 2289 3900, email me


Who can help me with payroll and accounting functions?

When you are just getting started, you will probably not have the time or resources to focus on the accounting and payroll issues.  We are able to provide payroll services until you have the resources to do this in house.  In addition, we can look after the accounting and other financial functions (e.g., accounting package, bookkeeping, bank accounts).

Key Contact
Peggy Cheng, +[852] 2289 1406, email me

Who can look after my audit / reporting requirements?

We can perform the statutory audit and provide you with assurance on your financial performance.  We can also advise you on accounting policies and provide accounting and regulatory services.

Key Contact
Raymond Ng, +[852] 2289 3411, email me