There are no substantive changes to the registration regime for non-Hong Kong companies. However, for the purposes of enhancing regulation and modernising the law, the following clarifications and modifications have been made in the new CO -
Clarifying provisions on changes of corporate names of non-Hong Kong companies (See answer to Q2 below);
Clarifying provisions for striking off and restoring non-Hong Kong companies from or to the Companies Register (See answer to Q3 below);
Moving certain procedural details to subsidiary legislation (See answer to Q4 below);
Changing the reporting requirement for the addresses of individuals who act as company secretaries (See answer to Q5 below); and
Modifying the penalty provisions to align with those of Hong Kong incorporated companies (See answer to Q9 below).
In addition, changes made in the registration of charges regime in Part 8 ("Registration of Charges") of the new CO will also apply to registered non-Hong Kong companies. Please refer to the Highlights on "Registration of Charges and their Discharge".
There is also a change introduced in the appeal process against a notice issued by the Registrar of Companies ("the Registrar") concerning the company’s name. Under the new CO, the appeal is to the Administrative Appeals Board and not the Court.