Hong Kong
Location Hong Kong.
Time Zone Greenwich Mean Time +8.
Population 7.15 million
Capital Hong Kong.
Airport Chek Lap Kok.
Language Cantonese/English.
Currency HK$.
Dialing Code +852.
Centre's Expertise All areas.
Political System Elected legislature.
Legal System Common law.
Personal Income Tax 15% (max).
Corporate Income Tax 16.5%.
Exchange Restrictions None.
Tax Treaties For full details, please go to www.ifcreview.com/TIEA
Permitted Currencies All.
Minimum Authorised Capital No restriction.
Minimum Share Issues No restriction.
Shelf Companies Yes.
Incorporation Time Scale Approximately four working days (for paper submission) or one hour (for e-submission).
Incorporation Fees US$220.
Annual Fees Please refer to: www.ird.gov.hk/eng/pdf/br_fee_n_levy_table.pdf. There are also nominal fees for filing returns.
Minimum Number One.
Residency Requirements None.
Corporate Directors Yes, for private companies which are not members of a group of companies of which a Hong Kong listed company is a members.
Meetings/Frequency None.
Disclosure Yes
Bearer Shares No.
Minimum Number One.
Public Share Registry Yes for listed companies.
Meetings Frequency Annual general meeting required.
Annual Return Yes.
Audit Requirements Yes.
Registered Office In Hong Kong.
Domicile Issues None.
Company Naming Restrictions Please refer to http://www.cr.gov.hk/en/publications/docs/name-e.pdf.
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