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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 Service Award 2018-19
20 December 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.

Best Counter Staff Award 2018-19
20 December 2018

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 2018. We are pleased to announce the results of the award as follows:

Document Management Section

Ms LAU Chung-kuen

Public Search Section

Ms YU Ming-suet

New Companies Section

Mr HO Kwok-ho

Charges & Liquidation Section

Miss LEUNG Wing-yan

Registry for Trust and Company Service Providers

Miss CHAN Yik-hang

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

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 and Press Releases” 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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“CR eFiling” Mobile Application – Facilitates the filing of Annual Return and More e-Forms
27 November 2017

The Companies Registry has launched five new e-forms at “CR eFiling” mobile app today. Registered users of the e-Registry can now submit Annual Returns (Form NAR1) and four other e-forms relating to changes of company particulars (Forms ND5, ND7, ND8 and NSC1) via “CR eFiling” using smartphones and mobile devices. For details, please refer to the Companies Registry External Circular No. 6/2017.

Companies Registry Trading Fund Publishes 2016-17 Annual Report
18 October 2017

The Companies Registry Trading Fund Annual Report 2016-17 (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.

Companies Registry releases statistics for the first half of 2017
10 July 2017

The Companies Registry released statistics for the first half of 2017 on 9 July 2017. Please refer to the press release issued on the same date for details.

Combating Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing – Gazettal of Bills
23 June 2017

The "Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing (Financial Institutions) (Amendment) Bill 2017" and the "Companies (Amendment) Bill 2017" were gazetted today.

Please refer to the Press Release issued on 23 June 2017 for details.

“CR eFiling” Mobile Application – Launch of New Services
12 June 2017

With immediate effect, registered users of e-Registry (www.eregistry.gov.hk) may also submit e-forms (Forms NNC1, NNC1G, NNC3, ND2A and ND4) using CR eFiling to incorporate a company or report changes of directors/company secretaries using smartphones and mobile devices. For details, please refer to the Companies Registry External Circular No. 5/2017.

Launch of Free e-Monitor (Self-Monitor) Service
2 June 2017

With immediate effect, Company Users of the e-Registry will be provided with e-Monitor (Self-Monitor) Service free of charge. A local company or a registered non-Hong Kong company which has registered a Company User account with the e-Registry will automatically receive instant electronic notification when a document is registered in the public records of the company. For details, please refer to the Companies Registry External Circular No. 4/2017.

Registration of Prospectus
24 April 2017

The Companies Registry has issued an External Circular No. 3/2017 to remind companies to avoid some common errors found in prospectuses and related documents delivered for registration pursuant to sections 38D and 342C of the Companies (Winding Up and Miscellaneous Provisions) Ordinance (Chapter 32 of the Laws of Hong Kong), with a view to facilitating timely registration of prospectuses.

Expiry of the Revenue (Reduction of Business Registration Fees) Order 2016
20 March 2017

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.

Corporate Governance Roundtable to promote good corporate governance
13 March 2017

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.

Please visit the official website (www.cr.gov.hk/cgr) and refer to the press release today for details.

Corporate Registers Forum 2017 opens in Hong Kong
7 March 2017

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.

Please visit the official website (www.crf2017.hk) and refer to the press release issued today for details.

Companies Registry launched “CR eFiling” Mobile Application
6 February 2017

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.

Revision of Specified Forms NW2, NW3, NW4 and NW5
20 January 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.

Commencement of the Companies (Winding Up and Miscellaneous Provisions) (Amendment) Ordinance 2016 on 13 February 2017
20 January 2017

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.

Corporate Governance Roundtable – Registration will open on 19 January
16 January 2017

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.

Companies Registry releases annual statistics for 2016
9 January 2017

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.

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