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Introduction of Re-domiciliation Mechanisms under the Open-ended Fund Company and Limited Partnership Fund Regimes
15 October 2021

New fund re-domiciliation mechanisms under the open-ended fund company (“OFC”) regime and the limited partnership fund (“LPF”) regime will be introduced with effect from 1 November 2021.

Under the new mechanisms, a fund set up in the form of a company or a limited partnership under the law of a jurisdiction outside Hong Kong may apply for registration as an OFC or an LPF in Hong Kong respectively, if it meets the same set of eligibility requirements for a new fund to be registered as an OFC or an LPF.  Upon re-domiciliation, the fund will have the same rights and obligations as any other newly established OFCs or LPFs in Hong Kong.

For details, please refer to Companies Registry External Circular No.  2 / 2021.

Customer Service Survey 2021
23 August 2021
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 2021

All information collected will be kept strictly confidential.

Thank you for your support and participation.
Commencement of New Inspection Regime – Phase 1
16 August 2021

Phase 1 of a new inspection regime of the Companies Register under the Companies Ordinance (Cap. 622) will commence on 23 August 2021.

From 23 August 2021, companies may withhold from public inspection the usual residential addresses of directors and full identification numbers (“IDNs”) of directors and company secretaries as contained in the registers of directors and registers of company secretaries kept by the companies.  In such cases, companies are to make available for public inspection on their own registers correspondence addresses of directors and partial IDNs of directors and company secretaries.

For details, please refer to Companies Registry External Circular No. 1 / 2021.

Companies Registry releases statistics for the first half of 2021
13 July 2021
The Companies Registry released statistics for the first half of 2021 on 13 July 2021. Please refer to the press release issued on the same date for details.
Launch of Chatbot Service of the Companies Registry
30 June 2021
The Companies Registry has launched a new chatbot "Clare" on this website to answer customers' enquiries anytime and anywhere by using artificial intelligence technology.

Clare has been trained to help customers find information in relation to incorporation and annual returns of local limited companies.  You can start a conversation with Clare simply by clicking Clare’s icon at the bottom right corner of the homepage of this website.

Clare will continue to learn information on other aspects of the Registry’s services.  More information will be added in future.
Companies Registry to resume normal public services starting from 18 February 2021
16 February 2021
Starting from 18 February 2021, the Companies Registry will resume normal public services while continuing to implement targeted social distancing and infection control measures. Please refer to the press release issued on 11 February 2021 for details.
NOTICE
16 February 2021
Companies Registry to resume normal public services starting from 18 February 2021

The Companies Registry will resume normal public services from 18 February 2021 while continuing to implement targeted social distancing and infection control measures. Details of the normal 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. 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 by email at crenq@cr.gov.hk.

Latest arrangements for Companies Registry’s public services starting from 28 January 2021
27 January 2021
Starting from 28 January 2021, the Companies Registry will reopen the Public Search Centre while maintaining the counter services provided currently.  Please refer to the press release issued on 27 January 2021 for details.
NOTICE
27 January 2021
Latest arrangements for Companies Registry’s public services starting from 28 January 2021

To align with the announcement by the Government to resume the provision of some basic public services in a safe and orderly manner to meet the needs of the public and enterprises, starting from 28 January 2021, the Companies Registry will reopen the Public Search Centre while maintaining the counter services for receiving documents delivered in hard copy and collection of certificates for company incorporations currently provided.  Details of the Registry’s public 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 appeals to 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), "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 for public services provided at the Registry’s offices may be longer as the provision of services has not completely returned to full scale.  The Registry may also take a longer time to process the documents submitted in hard copy form.  We apologise that the standard performance pledges are not applicable to our services during this period.

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

Companies Registry releases statistics for 2020
11 January 2021
The Companies Registry released its statistics for the year 2020 on 10 January 2021. Please refer to the press release issued on the same date for details.
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Best Service Award 2020-21
31 December 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 names of companies - local companies - delivery in electronic form”, which obtained the highest satisfaction score in our Customer Service Survey conducted this year.

Best Counter Staff Award 2020-21
31 December 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 2020.  We are pleased to announce the champions of the award as follows:

Document Management Section

Ms LAU Chung-kuen 

Public Search Section

Mr LI Wan-cheung 

New Companies Section

Ms CHAN Mei-wah 

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" section of this website.
Latest arrangements for Companies Registry’s public services
9 December 2020

In view of the latest epidemic situation and the special work arrangements for government employees, starting from 10 December 2020, while maintaining the limited counter services provided currently, the Companies Registry will temporarily close the Public Search Centre on 13/F at Queensway Government Offices until further notice

The Registry will continue to provide limited counter services for receiving documents delivered in hard copy and collection of certificates for company incorporations.

Please refer to the press release issued on 9 December for details.

NOTICE
9 December 2020
Latest arrangements for Companies Registry’s public services


In view of the latest epidemic situation and the special work arrangements for government employees, starting from 10 December 2020, while maintaining the limited counter services provided currently, the Companies Registry will temporarily close the Public Search Centre on 13/F at Queensway Government Offices until further notice.

The Registry will continue to provide limited counter services for receiving documents delivered in hard copy and collection of certificates for company incorporations.  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 appeals to 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), "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 for public services provided at the Registry’s offices will be longer as the provision of services has been scaled down.  The Registry will also take a longer time to process the documents submitted in hard copy form.  We apologise that the standard performance pledges are not applicable to our services during the limited service period.

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

Companies Registry provides limited public services starting from 2 December
1 December 2020
In view of the latest epidemic situation and the special work arrangement for government employees, the Companies Registry will provide limited public services with effect from 2 December until further notice.

The Registry will provide limited counter services every working day for receiving documents delivered in hard copy and collection of certificates for company incorporations.  The Public Search Centre will be opened on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Please refer to the press release issued on 1 December for details.
NOTICE
1 December 2020
Companies Registry provides limited public services starting from 2 December  


In view of the latest epidemic situation and the special work arrangements for government employees, the Companies Registry will provide limited public services with effect from 2 December until further notice.  The Registry will provide limited counter services every working day for receiving documents delivered in hard copy and collection of certificates for company incorporations.  The Public Search Centre will be opened on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  Details of the limited public 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 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), "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 for public services provided at the Registry’s offices will be longer as the provision of services will be scaled down.  The Registry will also take a longer time to process the documents submitted in hard copy form.  We apologise that the standard performance pledges are not applicable to our services during the limited service period.

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

NOTICE
27 November 2020
Companies Registry to enhance social distancing measures


In view of the latest development of COVID-19, the Companies Registry will implement special work arrangements of staff and further social distancing measures with effect from 30 November 2020 until further notice to reduce the risk of spreading of COVID-19 in the community. 

While the service hours of all our offices remain unchanged, the number of counters providing the public services will be adjusted. The waiting time for counter services may be longer.  The Registry will also take longer time to process the documents submitted in hard copy form.  We apologise that the standard performance pledges are not applicable to our services during the adjusted service period.

To achieve social distancing with a view to reducing the risk of the spread of the virus, the Registry appeals to all its customers to continue to deliver documents electronically or by post.  Customers should avoid visiting the Registry’s office premises as far as practicable.

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 set out in Annex.

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

Best Counter Staff Contest 2020-21
9 November 2020

The Companies Registry is organising the Best Counter Staff Contest 2020-21 to encourage courtesy and efficiency in the delivery of service and compliment counter staff for their excellent performance.  During the voting days from 23 to 25 November 2020, 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 2020.

Companies Registry Trading Fund Publishes 2019-20 Annual Report
21 October 2020
The Companies Registry Trading Fund Annual Report 2019-20 (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.
Customer Service Survey 2020
28 September 2020
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 2020

All information collected will be kept strictly confidential.

Thank you for your support and participation.
Companies Registry to resume normal public services starting from 15 September
11 September 2020
Starting from 15 September, the Companies Registry will resume normal services while continuing to implement targeted measures to reduce social contact and to apply infection control measures.  Please refer to the press release issued on 11 September for details.
NOTICE
11 September 2020
Companies Registry to resume normal public services starting from 15 September


To align with the announcement by the Government on 10 September to resume normal public services from 15 September, the Companies Registry will resume normal services from 15 September while continuing to implement targeted measures to reduce social contact and to apply infection control measures. Details of the normal 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. 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.

Commencement of Operation of the Companies (Fees) (Amendment) Regulation 2020
10 September 2020

The Companies (Fees) (Amendment) Regulation 2020 (“the Amendment Regulation”) will come into operation on 1 October 2020.

The Amendment Regulation amends the Companies (Fees) Regulation (Cap. 622K) to effect the waiver of registration fees for annual returns (except for late delivery) for two years and reduction of the fees payable in relation to incorporation of companies and registration of non-Hong Kong companies through electronic means by 10%.

For details on the waiver and reduction of fees, please refer to Companies Registry External Circular No. 4/2020.

A New Regime for Limited Partnership Funds Commences Operation
31 August 2020
Good News! A new regime for limited partnership funds (“LPF”) commences operation today!

The new LPF regime enables private funds to be registered in the form of limited partnerships in Hong Kong.

For more information, please visit the dedicated thematic section on “Limited Partnership Funds” at this website.
Translation and Certification of Documents under the Companies Ordinance (Cap. 622)
28 August 2020
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 once issued an External Circular No. 5/2018 (“the Circular”) on 12 October 2018 to clarify the definition of “professional accountants” and “professional company secretary” referred to in the above two provisions.

In view of the change of name of “The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators”, which is mentioned in paragraph 5 of the Circular, to “The Chartered Governance Institute”, the Companies Registry has issued an External Circular No. 3/2020 to supersede the Circular so as to update the definition of “professional company secretary” referred to in the above two provisions.  For details, please refer to Companies Registry External Circular No. 3/2020.
Latest arrangements for Companies Registry’s public services starting from 24 August
21 August 2020
Starting from 24 August, the Companies Registry will reopen the Public Search Centre on Monday, Wednesday and Friday while maintaining the limited counter services which it provides currently from Monday to Friday.  Please refer to the press release issued on 21 August for details.
NOTICE
21 August 2020
Latest arrangements for Companies Registry’s public services starting from 24 August

To align with the announcement by the Government on 20 August to gradually resume the provision of basic public services in a safe and orderly manner to meet the needs of the public and enterprises, the Companies Registry will reopen the Public Search Centre on Monday, Wednesday and Friday starting from 24 August, while maintaining the limited counter services which it provides currently from Monday to Friday.   Details of the limited public 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 appeals to 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 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 for public services provided at the Registry’s offices will be longer as the provision of services has been scaled down.  The Registry will also take longer time to process the documents submitted in hard copy form.

We apologise that the standard performance pledges are not applicable to our services during this limited service period.

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

Fees Reduction on Annual Return and e-Incorporation of Companies (with effect from 1 October 2020)
17 August 2020
Good News! The Companies (Fees) (Amendment) Regulation 2020 will come into operation soon.  With effect from on 1 October 2020, the registration fees for annual returns (except for late delivery) charged by the Companies Registry will be waived for two years, and the fees payable for electronic incorporation of companies (including registration of non-Hong Kong companies) will also be reduced by 10%. 

For more information, please refer to the “Highlight” section on the homepage of this website.
Introduction of a Limited Partnership Fund Regime
24 July 2020

The Limited Partnership Fund Ordinance (Cap. 637), which establishes a new limited partnership fund regime to enable private funds to be registered in the form of limited partnerships in Hong Kong, will come into operation on 31 August 2020.  For details, please refer to Companies Registry External Circular No. 2/2020.

Companies Registry to provide limited counter services starting from 20 July
19 July 2020
In order to significantly reduce the flow of people and social contacts to stop COVID-19 from further spreading in the community, the Companies Registry will provide limited counter services on every working day of the week starting from 20 July for receiving documents delivered in hard copy and collection of certificates for company incorporations until further notice.  Please refer to the press release issued on 19 July for details.
NOTICE
19 July 2020
Companies Registry to provide limited counter services starting from 20 July


To align with the special work arrangement announced by the Government on 19 July to provide emergency services and essential public services starting from 20 July in order to significantly reduce the flow of people and social contacts to stop COVID-19 from further spreading in the community,  the Companies Registry will provide limited counter services on every working day of the week starting from 20 July for receiving documents delivered in hard copy and collection of certificates for company incorporations until further notice.  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 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), "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 will 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. We apologise that the standard performance pledges are not applicable to our services during this limited service period.

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

NOTICE
13 July 2020
Delivery of Documents Electronically or by Post and Use of Electronic Services


To achieve social distancing with a view to reducing the risk of the spread of the COVID-19 in the community, the Companies Registry appeals to all customers to continue to deliver documents electronically or by post. Customers should avoid visiting the Registry’s office premises as far as practicable unless they require urgent service.

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 set out in Annex.

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

Companies Registry releases statistics for the first half of 2020
13 July 2020
The Companies Registry released statistics for the first half of 2020 on 12 July 2020. Please refer to the press release issued on the same date for details.
Government welcomes passage of Limited Partnership Fund Bill
10 July 2020
The Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury, Mr Christopher Hui, welcomed the passage of the Limited Partnership Fund Bill by the Legislative Council yesterday (9 July).  The new Ordinance will come into operation on 31 August 2020.  For details, please refer to the press release issued by the Government on 9 July.
Reduction of Annual Subscription Fee for the e-Monitor (Other Companies) Service
2 July 2020
Good News!  With immediate effect, the subscription fee of the e-Monitor (Other Companies) service of the e-Registry is reduced from HK$35 to HK$17 per company per year.

Please refer to the Companies Registry External Circular No. 1 / 2020 for details.
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.

Companies Registry
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.
NOTICE
29 April 2020
Companies Registry resumes normal services starting from 4 May


To align with the announcement by the Government on 28 April to resume public services under a phased approach starting from 4 May, the Companies Registry will resume normal services from 4 May while maintaining a high degree of vigilance and adopting all necessary precautionary measures.  Details of the normal 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.  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.

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.

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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.

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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