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The Companies Registry Volunteer Team supports the community in the fight against COVID-19
18 May 2020
In an effort to support the community in the fight against COVID-19, the Companies Registry Volunteer Team held a fundraising activity to procure personal protective equipment for distribution to people in need.

For more information, please refer to the “Events” section of this website.
The Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury visits the Companies Registry
11 May 2020
The Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury, Mr Christopher Hui, visited the Registry on 8 May to view its operation after full resumption of public services.  Please refer to the press release issued on the same date for details.
Holding of General Meetings by Companies during the period of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic – Update!
8 May 2020
In response to the Government’s lifting of certain social distancing measures under the Prevention and Control of Disease Ordinance, our answers to some frequently asked questions in relation to holding of annual general meetings during the COVID-19 Pandemic have been updated.  For details, please refer to the “FAQ > Holding of General Meetings by Companies during the period of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic” section of this website

For enquiries, please contact the Registry at email: crenq@cr.gov.hk.
Companies Registry has resumed normal services
4 May 2020
The Companies Registry has resumed normal services from 4 May.

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Companies Registry resumes normal services starting from 4 May
29 April 2020
Starting from 4 May, the Companies Registry will resume normal services while maintaining a high degree of vigilance and adopting all necessary precautionary measures.  Please refer to the press release issued on 29 April for details.
Holding of General Meetings by Companies during the period of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic
21 April 2020
Worried about the holding of annual general meetings during the COVID-19 Pandemic? Please refer to the “FAQ > Holding of General Meetings by Companies during the period of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic” section of this website for our answers to some frequently asked questions.

For enquiries, please contact the Registry at email: crenq@cr.gov.hk.
Time for processing documents during limited service period
9 April 2020
To align with the announcement by the Government to provide essential, emergency and limited public services only to reduce the risk of a large-scale outbreak of COVID-19 in the community, the Companies Registry provides limited counter services currently.

Under the special work arrangement, as the provision of services has been scaled down, the Registry requires longer time to process documents delivered in hard copy form.  As such, we apologise that the standard performance pledges are not applicable to our services during this period.

For enquiries, please call 2867 2600 or contact the Registry at email: crenq@cr.gov.hk.
Companies Registry to provide limited counter services from 23 March
22 March 2020

To reduce the risk of a large-scale outbreak of COVID-19 in the community, the Companies Registry will provide limited counter services every working day starting from 23 March for receiving documents delivered in hard copy and collection of certificates for company incorporation.  Please refer to the press release issued on 22 March for details.

NOTICE
22 March 2020
Companies Registry to provide limited counter services  from 23 March


To align with the announcement by the Government on 21 March to provide essential, emergency and limited public services only starting from 23 March in order to reduce the risk of a large-scale outbreak of COVID-19 in the community, the Companies Registry will provide limited counter services every working day starting from 23 March for receiving documents delivered in hard copy and collection of certificates for company incorporation.  Details of the limited counter services are set out in Annex.

To achieve social distancing with a view to reducing the risk of the spread of the COVID-19 virus in the community, the Registry urges all its customers to continue to deliver documents electronically or by post. Customers should avoid visiting the Registry’s office premises unless they require urgent service.  The Registry’s services on registration of documents and public search services will continue to be provided electronically through the “e-Registry” (www.eregistry.gov.hk), the “Cyber Search Centre” (www.icris.cr.gov.hk) and the website of the Registry for Trust and Company Service Providers (www.tcsp.cr.gov.hk). Details of the Registry’s electronic services are also set out in Annex.

As the services of the Registry will be scaled down from 23 March, the Registry requires longer processing time for documents submitted in hard copy form.

For enquiries, please call 2867 2600 or contact us at email: crenq@cr.gov.hk.

Companies Registry resumes normal services starting from 2 March
28 February 2020
Starting from 2 March, all of the Companies Registry’s services will resume normal, whilst implementing targeted measures to reduce social contact.  Please refer to the press release issued on 28 February for details.
NOTICE
28 February 2020
Companies Registry resumes normal services  starting from 2 March


To align with the announcement by the Government on 27 February to resume services in a safe and orderly manner, starting from 2 March, all of the Companies Registry’s services will resume as normal, while implementing targeted measures to reduce social contact.  Details of the service hours of the Registry are set out in Annex.

To achieve social distancing with a view to reducing the risk of the spread of the COVID-19 virus in the community, the Registry advises customers to continue to deliver documents electronically or by post.  Customers should avoid visiting the Registry's office premises unless they require urgent service.  As the services of the Registry have been scaled down since 3 February, the Registry also requires longer processing time for documents submitted in hard copy form. 

The Registry’s services on registration of documents and public search services will continue to be provided electronically through the “e-Registry” (www.eregistry.gov.hk), Cyber Search Centre (www.icris.cr.gov.hk) and the website of the Registry for Trust and Company Service Providers (www.tcsp.cr.gov.hk).

For enquiries, please call 2867 2600 or contact us at email: crenq@cr.gov.hk.

 
Companies Registry expands limited counter services starting from 24 February
21 February 2020
Having reviewed the special work arrangement in operation since 3 February, starting from 24 February, the Companies Registry will provide limited counter services on every weekday for receiving documents delivered in hard copy and collection of certificates for company incorporation.  Please refer to the press release issued on 21 February for details.
NOTICE
21 February 2020
Companies Registry expands limited counter services starting from 24 February

Having reviewed the special work arrangement in operation since 3 February, starting from 24 February, the Companies Registry will provide limited counter services on every weekday for receiving documents delivered in hard copy and collection of certificates for company incorporation.  Details of the limited counter services are set out in Annex.

To reduce the risk of the spread of the novel coronavirus in the community, the Registry again appeals to all its customers to avoid visiting its office premises unless they require urgent service.  Customers can continue to deliver documents electronically or by post.  The Registry’s services on registration of documents and public search services will continue to be provided electronically through the “e-Registry” (www.eregistry.gov.hk), Cyber Search Centre (www.icris.cr.gov.hk) and the website of the Registry for Trust and Company Service Providers (www.tcsp.cr.gov.hk). Details of the Registry’s electronic services are also set out in Annex.

For enquiries, please call 2867 2600 or contact us at email: crenq@cr.gov.hk.

 
Companies Registry provides limited counter services on alternate weekdays starting from 10 February
7 February 2020
To further reduce the risk of the spread of the novel coronavirus in the community, starting from 10 February, the Companies Registry will provide limited counter services every Monday, Wednesday and Friday of the week.  Please refer to the press release issued on 7 February 2020 for details.
NOTICE
7 February 2020
Companies Registry provides limited counter services on alternate weekdays starting from 10 February

To align with the special work arrangement announced by the Government on 7 February and to further reduce the risk of the spread of the novel coronavirus in the community, starting from 10 February, the Companies Registry will provide limited counter services every Monday, Wednesday and Friday of the week.  Details of the limited counter services are set out in Annex.   

To reduce the risk of the spread of the novel coronavirus in the community, the Registry appeals to all customers to avoid visiting its office premises unless they require urgent service.  Customers can continue to deliver documents electronically or by post.  The Registry's services for registration of documents and public search services will continue to be provided electronically through the "e-Registry" (www.eregistry.gov.hk), Cyber Search Centre (www.icris.cr.gov.hk) and the website of the Registry for Trust and Company Service Providers (www.tcsp.cr.gov.hk).  Details of the Registry’s electronic services are also set out in Annex.  

The waiting time of the counter services provided at the Registry’s offices may be longer as the provision of services will be scaled down.  The Registry will also take longer time to process the documents submitted in hard copy form.

For enquiries, please call 2867 2600.

Visit to the Registry’s premises at Queensway Government Offices and One Kowloon
6 February 2020

In the light of the special work arrangement announced by the Government on 31 January to reduce the risk of the spread of the novel coronavirus in the community, starting from 3 February, only a limited number of shroff counters on the 14th Floor of the Queensway Government Offices and 12th Floor of One Kowloon are open to provide limited services. The Registry appeals to all its customers to avoid visiting its office premises unless they require urgent service. Meanwhile, customers can continue to deliver documents electronically via the e-Registry (www.eregistry.gov.hk) or the website of the Registry for Trust and Company Service Providers (www.tcsp.cr.gov.hk). Documents in hard copy form can be delivered for registration by post.

Companies Registry provides limited counter services starting from 3 February 2020
1 February 2020

To align with the special work arrangement announced by the Government on 31 January 2020 to reduce the risk of the spread of the novel coronavirus in the community, the Companies Registry will provide limited counter services to members of the public starting from 3 February 2020. Please refer to the press release issued on 1 February 2020 for details.

NOTICE
1 February 2020
Limited Counter Services of the Companies Registry

To align with the special work arrangement announced by the Government on 31 January to reduce the risk of the spread of the novel coronavirus in the community, the Companies Registry will provide the following limited counter services to members of the public starting from 3 February:

Limited public services at Queensway Government Offices

A limited number of shroff counters on the 14th Floor (14/F) of the Queensway Government Offices will be open to receive applications for incorporation of local companies delivered in hard copy form.  Information counters on the 14/F will also be open for answering general enquiries. 

All other documents in hard copy form can continue to be delivered for registration:

  1. by post to the Companies Registry on the 14/F, Queensway Government Offices, 66 Queensway, Hong Kong; or 
  2. by depositing in the Drop-in box located on the 14/F of the Queensway Government Offices or the Drop-in box near the Information Counter on the Deck Floor, High Block of the Queensway Government Offices.

Limited public services at One Kowloon, Kowloon Bay

The Registry for Trust and Company Service Providers at One Kowloon, Kowloon Bay, will be open for counter enquiry service and receiving applications for licences in hard copy form.

The waiting time of the counter services provided at the two offices may be longer as the provision of services will be scaled down.  The Registry will also take longer time to process the documents submitted in hard copy form.

The opening hours of the Registry will be adjusted as follows:

Queensway Government Offices - 14/F Public Service Hall and One Kowloon, Kowloon Bay

Monday – Friday 
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.


To reduce the risk of the spread of the novel coronavirus in the community, the Registry appeals to all customers to use its electronic services as far as possible:

Delivery of documents for registration under the Companies Ordinance
  • Deliver incorporation applications electronically by using our electronic incorporation service at "e-Registry" (www.eregistry.gov.hk) or "CR eFiling" mobile application. 
  • Deliver specified forms and related documents required for registration electronically at "e-Registry".
  • Deliver the commonly used specified forms (e.g. annual returns) electronically at "CR eFiling" mobile application.

Search on company information
  • Conduct online company searches at the Companies Registry's Cyber Search Centre (www.icris.cr.gov.hk) or via the Company Search Mobile Service (www.mobile-cr.gov.hk) using your smartphones or mobile devices.

Electronic Services of the Registry for Trust and Company Service Providers (TCSPs)
  • Use the online services provided at the website of the Registry for TCSPs (www.tcsp.cr.gov.hk) to submit applications and conduct searches on the Register of TCSP Licensees.


For enquiries, please call 2867 2600. 

NOTICE
28 January 2020
Closure of Office Premises and Suspension of Services at Queensway Government Offices and One Kowloon, Kowloon Bay

To reduce the risk of the spread of the novel coronavirus in the community, the office premises of the Companies Registry in the Queensway Government Offices and One Kowloon, Kowloon Bay will be closed with effect from 29 January 2020. The provision of public services at the two office premises will be suspended.


Notwithstanding the closure of office, the Registry will continue to provide its major services electronically. You can continue to access our major services by the following means:-

   Delivery of documents for registration under the Companies Ordinance
  • Deliver incorporation applications electronically by using our electronic incorporation service at "e-Registry" (www.eregistry.gov.hk) or "CR eFiling" mobile application. 
  • Deliver specified forms and related documents required for registration electronically at "e-Registry".
  • Deliver the commonly used specified forms (e.g. annual returns) electronically at "CR eFiling" mobile application.

    Delivery of other documents
  • Deliver documents by post to the Companies Registry at 14th Floor, Queensway Government Offices, 66 Queensway, Hong Kong, with the correct fees, where applicable, with cheques made payable to "Companies Registry".

    Search on company information
  • Conduct online company searches at the Companies Registry's Cyber Search Centre (www.icris.cr.gov.hk) or via the Company Search Mobile Service (www.mobile-cr.gov.hk) using your smartphones or mobile devices.

    Services of the Registry for Trust and Company Service Providers (TCSPs)
  • Use the online services provided at the website of the Registry for TCSPs (www.tcsp.cr.gov.hk) to submit applications and conduct searches on the Register of TCSP Licensees.
For enquiries, please call 1823.

Companies Registry releases annual statistics for 2019
13 January 2020

The Companies Registry released its statistics for the year 2019 on 12 January 2020. Please refer to the press release issued on the same date for details.

Best Service Award 2019-20
6 January 2020

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 New Companies Section in recognition of its efforts in providing service on “Change of Name of local companies (delivery in electronic form)”, which obtained the highest satisfaction score in our Customer Service Survey conducted this year.

Best Counter Staff Award 2019-20
6 January 2020

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 2019. We are pleased to announce the results of the award as follows:

Document Management Section

Ms LAU Chung-kuen

Public Search Section

Ms CHAN Yuet-yee

New Companies Section

Mr HO Kwok-ho

Charges & Liquidation Section

Miss CHAN Ka-man

Registry for Trust and Company Service Providers

Mr LAM Mau-yip

For more information, please refer to the "Events" section of this website.

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Companies Registry Trading Fund Publishes 2018-19 Annual Report
23 October 2019

The Companies Registry Trading Fund Annual Report 2018-19 (the Annual Report) has been tabled at the Legislative Council meeting today. The Annual Report is available for download at the “Publications” section of this website.

Standing Committee on Company Law Reform Annual Report 2018-19
11 October 2019

The Standing Committee on Company Law Reform published its 2018-19 Annual Report (35th Report) today.

For details, please refer to the press release issued on 11 October 2019.

FATF Published Mutual Evaluation Report of Hong Kong
9 September 2019
The Financial Action Task Force (“FATF”) has published the Mutual Evaluation Report of Hong Kong, commending Hong Kong’s efforts in combating money laundering and terrorist financing.  Hong Kong's AML/CTF regime is assessed to be compliant and effective overall, making it the first jurisdiction in the Asia-Pacific region to have achieved an overall compliant result in the current round of FATF evaluation.
Customer Service Survey 2019
26 August 2019

The Companies Registry is conducting a Customer Service Survey to collect opinions from customers and help us understand your needs and enhance our services.

We would like to invite you to complete the survey form online at the link below:

Customer Service Survey 2019

All information collected will be kept strictly confidential.

Thank you for your support and participation.

Hong Kong Rated Compliant in FATF mutual evaluation
23 July 2019
Hong Kong has become the first member jurisdiction in the Asia-Pacific region to have achieved an overall compliant result as regards its anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing (“AML/CTF”) regime in the mutual evaluation undertaken by member jurisdictions of the Financial Action Task Force.  The Government has issued a press release on the matter.
Companies Registry releases statistics for the first half of 2019
8 July 2019

The Companies Registry released statistics for the first half of 2019 on 7 July 2019. Please refer to the press release issued on the same date for details.

2019 Best SME’s Partner Award
3 July 2019
The Companies Registry was awarded the Gold Award of the "2019 Best SME's Partner Award". For more information, please refer to the "Events" section of this website.
Commencement of Operation of the Non-Hong Kong Companies (Disclosure of Company Name, Place of Incorporation and Members’ Limited Liability) Regulation (Cap. 622M) on 1 August 2019
17 June 2019
The Non-Hong Kong Companies (Disclosure of Company Name, Place of Incorporation and Members’ Limited Liability) Regulation (Cap. 622M) (“the Regulation”) will come into operation on 1 August 2019.

The Regulation re-enacts the existing provision of section 792 of the Companies Ordinance (Cap. 622) and aligns the disclosure obligations of non-Hong Kong companies with those of Hong Kong companies. Detailed requirements for a non-Hong Kong company on the display of its company name and place of incorporation, the disclosure of members’ limited liability and related matters are provided in the Regulation. For details, please refer to Companies Registry External Circular No. 2/2019.
Waiver of Business Registration Fees for companies 2019-2020
29 March 2019

The prescribed business registration fee payable in respect of an application for company incorporation and business registration made in the period from 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020 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 2019 and 31 March 2020 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 relevant legislative amendment is subject to the scrutiny by the Legislative Council. In the event that the relevant legislative amendment is not passed or is amended by the Legislative Council, the Business Registration Office would notify the companies concerned of the proper amount payable.

Standing Committee on Company Law Reform Annual Report 2017-18
12 February 2019

The Standing Committee on Company Law Reform published its 2017-18 Annual Report (34th Report) today.

For details, please refer to the press release issued on 12 February 2019.

Commencement of Operation of the Companies (Amendment) (No. 2) Ordinance 2018
1 February 2019

The Companies (Amendment) (No. 2) Ordinance 2018 (“the Amendment Ordinance”) has amended some provisions of the new Companies Ordinance (Cap. 622) (“new CO”) to incorporate new developments after the commencement of the new CO and further facilitate business in Hong Kong. The Amendment Ordinance commences operation today.

For details, please visit the dedicated thematic section on “Companies (Amendment) (No. 2) Ordinance 2018” at this website.

Commencement of the Companies (Amendment) (No. 2) Ordinance 2018
11 January 2019

The Companies (Amendment) (No. 2) Ordinance 2018 (“the Amendment Ordinance”) will come into operation on 1 February 2019. Based on the operational experience since the commencement of the new Companies Ordinance (Cap. 622) (“new CO”) and feedback from stakeholders, the Amendment Ordinance seeks to amend some provisions of the new CO to incorporate new developments, improve the clarity and operation of the new CO and further facilitate business in Hong Kong.

For details, please refer to Companies Registry External Circular No. 1/2019 and visit the thematic section “Companies (Amendment) (No. 2) Ordinance 2018” at this website.

Companies Registry releases annual statistics for 2018
7 January 2019

The Companies Registry released its statistics for the year 2018 on 6 January 2019. Please refer to the press release issued on the same date for details.

Companies convicted of failing to keep significant controllers register at their registered offices
7 January 2019

Twelve Hong Kong companies were prosecuted by the Companies Registry under section 653M(1) of the Companies Ordinance for failing to keep the significant controllers register at their registered offices and other breaches of the Companies Ordinance. Each of the companies was fined $8,000 to $20,000.

For details, please refer to the Highlights of Prosecution Cases.

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Best Counter Staff Contest 2018-19
5 November 2018

The Companies Registry is organising the Best Counter Staff Contest 2018-19 to encourage courtesy and efficiency in the delivery of service and compliment counter staff for their excellent performance. During the voting days from 19 to 21 November 2018, 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 2018.

Company convicted of carrying on company service business without a licence
30 October 2018

A Hong Kong company was prosecuted by the Companies Registry under sections 53F(1) and (2) of the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing Ordinance for carrying on company service business without a licence. The Company pleaded guilty and was fined a total of $50,000 for the charges. The Company was also disqualified from holding a licence for 6 months. Please refer to the press release issued on October 30 for details.

e-Registry now supports Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome
29 October 2018

From now on, you can use Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome, in addition to the existing supported browsers, to access the online services of the e-Registry. Please refer to the updated information sheet on "Equipment Specifications for Using Services of the e-Registry" for details.

Company director convicted for giving false or misleading information to Companies Registry
24 October 2018

A director of a Hong Kong company was prosecuted by the Companies Registry under section 750(6) of the Companies Ordinance for knowingly or recklessly giving false or misleading information to the Registrar of Companies in connection with an application for deregistration of the Company. The director pleaded guilty and was fined $15,000 for the charge. Please refer to the press release issued on October 24 for details.

Companies Registry Trading Fund Publishes 2017-18 Annual Report
24 October 2018

The Companies Registry Trading Fund Annual Report 2017-18 (the Annual Report) has been tabled at the Legislative Council meeting today. The Annual Report is available for download at the “Publications” section of this website.

Translation and Certification of Documents under the Companies Ordinance (Cap. 622)
12 October 2018

Sections 4 and 775 of the Companies Ordinance (Cap. 622) (“CO”) set out respectively the requirements for translating documents for the purposes of the CO and for certifying documents for the purposes of Part 16 of the CO.

The Companies Registry has issued an External Circular to clarify the definition of “professional accountants” and “professional company secretaries” referred to in the above two provisions. For details, please refer to Companies Registry External Circular No. 5/2018.

Removal of Page Limit for Downloading Image Records of Documents
24 September 2018

With immediate effect, the page limit for downloading image records of documents is removed. Customers can now download image records of documents of any page numbers via our Cyber Search Centre and Company Search Mobile Service anytime, anywhere.

Guideline on Compliance of Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing Requirements for Licensed Money Lenders
21 September 2018

As part of the Government’s efforts to enhance the regulatory regime for combating money laundering and terrorist financing, the Companies Registry has today issued a "Guideline on Compliance of Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing Requirements for Licensed Money Lenders". The new Guideline seeks to provide guidance to licensed money lenders on the implementation of effective measures to mitigate the risks of money laundering and terrorist financing.

Upsurge of Specified Forms Reporting Changes of Company Secretaries and Registered Offices
19 September 2018

Since early September 2018, a large number of specified forms reporting the changes of company secretaries and registered office addresses were delivered to this Registry for registration. We envisage that the upsurge of these specified forms will continue in the coming months. We have already deployed additional resources to maintain a quality service as far as practicable. However, it is possible that we are not able to meet the performance pledges for our services at times of huge influx of documents. Please refer to the suggested measures for delivery of specified forms to the Registry.

A New Regime for Open-ended Fund Companies commences operation
30 July 2018

A new regime for open-ended fund companies ("OFC") commences operation today.

The OFC regime allows investment funds to be set up in the form of a company, but with the flexibility for investors to trade the funds through the creation and cancellation of shares.

For more information, please visit the dedicated thematic section on “Open-ended Fund Companies” at this website.

Commencement of the Securities and Futures (Amendment) Ordinance 2016 Introduction of Open-ended Fund Company Structure
13 July 2018

Under the Securities and Futures (Amendment) Ordinance 2016, a new form of company called “Open-ended Fund Company” will be introduced in Hong Kong with effect from 30 July 2018. For details, please refer to Companies Registry External Circular No. 4/2018.

Companies Registry releases statistics for the first half of 2018
9 July 2018

The Companies Registry released statistics for the first half of 2018 on 8 July 2018. Please refer to the press release issued on the same date for details.

The 200,000th Registered User of e-Registry
25 May 2018

The Companies Registry welcomes the 200,000th registered user of its e-Registry portal. As a registered user, one can use our electronic services for company incorporation and submission of specified forms round the clock. Registered users can also submit commonly filed forms, including annual returns, via the “CR eFiling” free mobile application.

Publication of Hong Kong’s Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Risk Assessment Report
7 May 2018

The Government has published Hong Kong’s Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Risk Assessment Report. For details, please refer to Companies Registry External Circular No. 3/2018.

Gazettal of Companies (Amendment) Bill 2018
6 April 2018

The "Companies (Amendment) Bill 2018" was gazetted today.

Please refer to the Press Release issued on 6 April 2018 for details.

New Requirements for Companies to Keep Significant Controllers Registers commence operation
1 March 2018

To enhance the transparency of corporate beneficial ownership, the new requirements on the keeping of significant controllers registers by companies incorporated in Hong Kong commence operation today.

For details, please visit the dedicated thematic section on “Significant Controllers Register” at this website.

A New Licensing Regime for Trust or Company Service Providers commences operation
1 March 2018

A new licensing regime for trust or company service providers ("TCSPs") commences operation today.

Under the new licensing regime, TCSPs are required to apply for a licence from the Registrar of Companies and satisfy a “fit-and-proper” test before they can provide trust or company services as a business in Hong Kong. Any person who carries on a trust or company service business in Hong Kong without a licence commits an offence. TCSP licensees are also required to comply with the statutory customer due diligence and record-keeping requirements as set out in Schedule 2 to the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing Ordinance, Cap. 615.

Applications for TCSP licences can be sent by mail or delivered to a new Registry, the Registry for Trust and Company Service Providers, at Kowloon Bay or made online at www.tcsp.cr.gov.hk.

For details, please visit website www.tcsp.cr.gov.hk.

Standing Committee on Company Law Reform Annual Report 2016-17
15 February 2018

The Standing Committee on Company Law Reform published its 2016 – 17 Annual Report (33rd Report) today.

For details, please refer to the press release issued on 15 February 2018.

Commencement of Operation of the Companies (Amendment) Ordinance 2018 Keeping of Significant Controllers Registers by Companies
25 January 2018

The Companies (Amendment) Ordinance 2018 ("the Amendment Ordinance") will come into operation on 1 March 2018.

The Amendment Ordinance introduces new requirements on the keeping of significant controllers registers by companies incorporated in Hong Kong to enhance the transparency of corporate beneficial ownership.

For details, please refer to Companies Registry External Circular No. 2/2018 and visit a dedicated thematic section on “Significant Controllers Register” at this website.

A dedicated hotline 3142 2822 has also been set up for handling enquiries relating to the new requirements. The hotline operates from Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (excluding public holidays). Email enquiries can be sent to cr.scr@cr.gov.hk.

A New Licensing Regime for Trust or Company Service Providers
25 January 2018

A new licensing regime for trust or company service providers ("TCSPs") will commence with effect from 1 March 2018.

Under the new licensing regime, TCSPs are required to apply for a licence from the Registrar of Companies and satisfy a “fit-and-proper” test before they can provide trust or company services as a business in Hong Kong. TCSP licensees are also required to comply with the statutory customer due diligence and record-keeping requirements as set out in Schedule 2 to the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing Ordinance, Cap. 615.

A new office, the Registry for Trust and Company Service Providers, starts operation with immediate effect to handle public enquiries on the new licensing regime.

For details, please refer to Companies Registry External Circular No. 1/2018 and visit website www.tcsp.cr.gov.hk.

A dedicated hotline 3142 2822 has also been set up for handling enquiries relating to the new requirements. The hotline operates from Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (excluding public holidays). Email enquiries can be sent to enq@tcsp.cr.gov.hk.

Companies Registry releases annual statistics for 2017
8 January 2018

The Companies Registry released its statistics for the year 2017 on 7 January 2018. Please refer to the press release issued on the same date for details.

Best Service Award 2017-18
2 January 2018

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 New Companies Section in recognition of its efforts in providing service on “Registration of new local company (delivery in electronic form)”, which obtained the highest satisfaction score in our Customer Service Survey conducted this year.

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