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Previous Announcements (since December 2007)
The Revenue (Reduction of Business Registration Fees) Order 2016, which reduces the prescribed business registration fee by a sum of HK$2,000 at present, will expire on 1 April 2017. Please refer to the website of the Inland Revenue Department and the business registration fee & levy table for details.
With effect from 1 April 2017, all applications for incorporation of local companies and applications for registration of non-Hong Kong companies delivered to the Companies Registry using the One-stop Company and Business Registration Service must be accompanied by the correct business registration fee and levy.
The Registry anticipates that there will be an upsurge of incorporation applications in the last two weeks of March 2017. We will redeploy resources to maintain a quality service as far as practicable. However, it is possible that we may not be able to meet the performance pledges for our services at times of huge influx of incorporation applications. Please refer to the suggested measures for delivery of applications and documents to the Registry.
The Corporate Governance Roundtable (Roundtable), a major conference organised by the Companies Registry, was held today (March 13).
There were around 350 attendees, and 17 prominent speakers sharing their insights and strategies on enhancing corporate governance from international and local perspectives. The Roundtable is one of the events celebrating the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
The Corporate Registers Forum 2017 (CRF) opened in Hong Kong today (March 7).
This year, the conference is organised by the Companies Registry with the theme of "Corporate Registries – Challenges and Opportunities, Today and Tomorrow". The CRF Hong Kong 2017 is one of the events celebrating the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
The Companies Registry has launched the “CR eFiling” mobile application (the App) to facilitate registered users of the e-Registry to submit commonly filed specified forms using smartphones and mobile devices. With the e-form editing feature of the App, registered users can easily retrieve, edit and submit a saved e-form on their mobile devices. For details, please refer to the Companies Registry External Circular No. 2/2017.
Four specified Forms NW2, NW3, NW4 and NW5 are revised for use under the Companies (Winding Up and Miscellaneous Provisions) Ordinance (Chapter 32) with effect from the commencement of Part 2 of the Companies (Winding Up and Miscellaneous Provisions) (Amendment) Ordinance 2016 on 13 February 2017. The revised forms are published in the gazette (G.N. 180 in Gazette No. 2 Vol. 21) on 13 January 2017. For details, please refer to Companies Registry External Circular No. 1/2017 under the ‘Publications and Press Releases’ section of this website.
The Companies Registry has issued an External Circular on “Commencement of the Companies (Winding Up and Miscellaneous Provisions) (Amendment) Ordinance 2016” today.
Four specified forms which are used in relation to the winding up of a company have been revised and published in the Gazette on 13 January 2017 to facilitate the commencement of the operation of the Amendment Ordinance on 13 February 2017. The revised forms are now available for downloading. Hard copies of individual forms are also available for purchase at the Registry’s office on the 14th floor of the Queensway Government Offices, 66 Queensway, Hong Kong.
The Companies Registry will hold a conference entitled “Corporate Governance Roundtable” on 13 March 2017 as part of the celebration programme to mark the 20th Anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administration Region. Regulators from other jurisdictions, practitioners and academics will speak on issues relating to corporate governance from international and local perspectives.
For details of registration and programme, please visit www.cr.gov.hk/cgr.
The Companies Registry released its statistics for the year 2016 on 8 January 2017. Please refer to the press release issued on the same date for details.
The Best Service Award is organised to assess the level of customer satisfaction with our services. The Award for this year was presented to the Public Search Section in recognition of its efforts in providing service on “Online search on the internet - Supply of image records of documents for download”, which obtained the highest satisfaction score in our Customer Service Survey conducted this year.
The Best Counter Staff Award aims to encourage courtesy and efficiency in the delivery of service and compliment our counter staff for their excellent performance. Onsite customers were invited to vote during the award contest held in November 2016. We are pleased to announce the results of the award as follows:
Public Search Section
Ms YU Ming-suet
Document Management Section
Ms SIU Yuk-mui
New Companies Section
Ms WONG Heung-lan
Charges & Liquidation Section
Miss LEUNG Wing-yan
For more information, please refer to the "Events and Activities" section of this website.
More stringent additional licensing conditions on money lender licences come into operation today (December 1) to better protect the public from being misled by money lending-related malpractices.
The additional licensing conditions stipulate, among other things, that money lenders must not accept a loan application referred by an intermediary if the intermediary is not its appointee registered on the Register of Money Lenders. Members of the public are reminded to verify the identity and appointment status of the intermediary at www.cr.gov.hk/mlr.
Please refer to the press release issued on November 30 for details.
The Standing Committee on Company Law Reform published its 2015 – 16 Annual Report (32nd Report) today.
For details, please refer to the press release issued on 25 November 2016.
The Companies Registry is organising the Best Counter Staff Contest 2016-17 to encourage courtesy and efficiency in the delivery of service and compliment counter staff for their excellent performance. During the voting days from 14 to 16 November 2016, customers visiting the Companies Registry’s offices are welcome to vote for the best counter staff on the basis of individual staff’s performance.
Results of the contest will be announced in mid - December 2016.
The Companies Registry Trading Fund Annual Report 2015-16 (the Annual Report) has been tabled at the Legislative Council meeting today. The Annual Report is available for download at the “Publications and Press Releases” section of this website.
The Companies Registry has issued a set of new guidelines today. The "Guidelines on Additional Licensing Conditions of Money Lenders Licence" aim to provide guidance for money lender licensees on the requirements of the additional licensing conditions which will be applicable with effect from 1 December 2016.
With effect from 3 October 2016, all applications for money lenders licences or the renewal of licences submitted to the Companies Registry must be accompanied with the relevant supplementary information sheets in addition to the application documents. For more information, please refer to "Our Services > Licensing of Money Lenders" section of this website.
The Companies Registry was awarded the "2016 SME Best Partner Award". For more information, please refer to the "Events and Activities" section of this website.
The Companies Registry released statistics for the first half of 2016 on 10 July 2016. Please refer to the press release issued on the same date for details.
The Companies Registry has launched a full scale Company Search Mobile Service (www.mobile-cr.gov.hk) to cover all search services and functions. For details, please refer to the Companies Registry External Circular No. 1/2016.
The prescribed business registration fee payable in respect of an application for company incorporation and business registration made in the period from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017 will be reduced by a sum of HK$2,000.
The prescribed business registration fee payable in respect of a non-Hong Kong company that commences business between 1 April 2016 and 31 March 2017 will be reduced by a sum of HK$2,000.
Applicants are still required to pay the levies for the Protection of Wages on Insolvency Fund. Please refer to the website of the Inland Revenue Department and the business registration fee & levy table for details.
The Companies Registry released its statistics for the year 2015 on 10 January 2016. Please refer to the press release issued on the same date for details.