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Company Formation in Hong Kong for £660, off-shore Hong Kong Company Registration is Simple and Easy!

Online company formation in Hong Kong: why is it a good idea to incorporate a limited company in Hong Kong? Many businesses are keen to register a private company in Hong Kong because not only is there no capital gains tax in the region, but companies incorporated in Hong Kong can also benefit from one of the lowest tax regimes in the world - with a tax rate that is set as low as 16.5%. On top of this, the system for reporting tax liabilities is not only simple and straightforward, but also offers numerous allowances that reduce the tax burden even more. There's no VAT and no withholding tax on dividends and interest, and no collection of social security benefit.
By employing the expertise of Coddan CPM, as your business start-up agent experienced in company formation in Hong Kong, the incorporation process becomes straightforward, and remains cost-effective. If you need a company registration in Hong Kong, Coddan CPM offers a number of different companies start-up packages for every level of business.

HK Company Formation Advantages


  • Free company formation email support
  • Free professional advice via the phone
  • Free face-to face consultation at our office
HK Company Formation Convenience


  • Starting a new business in 5 days
  • Pre-incorporation support
  • Post-formation support & advice



This company formation in Hong Kong package is for customers, who want to form a company in with a registered office address & nominee secretary. The company registration in Hong Kong takes 8 days.

The following documents (in English & Chinese) will be sending by post:

    • A certificate of incorporation, six copies of the memorandum and articles of association; minutes of the first meeting;
    • Share certificates, & company registers; rubber stamp & a pliers seal are included into the price of this offer.



This company formation in Hong Kong package is especially for clients, who are requiring registering a company in Hong Kong with a business address, nominee secretary & a nominee director.

This company formation offer includes everything in the first option, together with the advantages of:

  • The provision of a nominee director; the signed power of attorney;
  • The signed, undated resignation letter from a nominee director of your Hong Kong company.



This is one of the most popular company formation in Hong Kong packages with nominee shareholder, as an additional option to the nominee director, nominee secretary & registered office address.

This fast HK company formation offer includes everything in the second option, plus the following:

  • The provision of a nominee shareholder service for one year;
  • The declaration of trust signed by a nominee shareholder;
  • The certificate of the confirmation of a beneficial owner. Bank account is available on request.



This is our most comprehensive Hong Kong company formation package with all documents verified by solicitor or notary public & certified by the apostilled stamp or apostille seal affixed.

This Hong Kong company formation offer includes everything in the third option, plus:

  • The certification of all corporate documents, including a power of attorney, by solicitor or notary public & the final verification of all company' documents by an apostille seal.
  • Coddan will supply corporate and attorney-in-law rubber stamps.

We Are HK Companies Registrar Authorised Agent - Choose Our Hong Kong Companies Formation & Post-Registration Services

Indeed, if a company is registered in the former British protectorate but carries out a large part of its activities outside Hong Kong, that company may escape paying tax altogether. If this looks attractive to you, there are lots of reasons for asking Coddan CPM to look after the entire process of setting your company up in Hong Kong for you. Not least of these is that Coddan's experienced Hong Kong company formation team can help to prepare and submit all the necessary paperwork. Our business incorporation team is also able to set up an official business bank account in Hong Kong for your limited company.

Registering a company in Hong Kong has a number of powerful attractions. Not only are the taxes there among the lowest in the world, but the place is a gateway to trading with both the Chinese mainland and the rest of Asia. In addition, for companies registered in Hong Kong but operating outside Hong Kong, with management located elsewhere, there is no income tax to pay - and there is no capital gains tax or VAT either. However, forming a company in Hong Kong requires a lot of paperwork and bureaucracy, with the potential for problems in these drawn-out processes increased when carrying this process out in a foreign country.

Coddan specialises in the intricate field of forming limited companies in Hong Kong, employing consultants who are competent to advise on selecting the best type of business for incorporation, and registering property management, intellectual property management, general trading, shipping or holding companies registration. With local lawyers and accountants regarded as the best in their field, there is no need for you to spend time mastering the main regulating law, the bulk of paperwork, or trying to recruit people you can trust - Coddan has already done that for you!

Do You Want to Register a Company in Hong Kong?
From a Simple Company Formation in Hong Kong to the Provision of a Nominee Director & Nominee Shareholder

Company Formation in Hong Kong

Company formation in Hong Kong with nominee services and bank account in EU: Hong Kong is seen by many as the most effective gateway to doing business with mainland China. Indeed, so successful is it that even the Chinese themselves are incorporating companies there to trade with the rest of the world. Perhaps you are not sure what to do to set up a limited company in Hong Kong. You might be putting off the big decision because you don't know what's best for the business you want to launch there.

At Coddan CPM we are not only specialists in company formation in UK, but have professionals who are experts in companies registration in Hong Kong, sharing many of the necessary disciplines between them. The team includes commercial lawyers, local accountants, business bankers and investment and international trade specialists as well as experienced corporate administrators. As a result Coddan can help you with all matters related to setting up a company in Hong Kong, including providing nominee director, nominee secretary and nominee shareholder services and helping you open a business bank account in Hong Kong to handle international transactions.

Coddan's HK companies incorporation team can not only help you open a bank account in Hong Kong, but also our advisors can help you to open a bank account in places like Malta, Switzerland, Andorra or in any of the EU countries. Each new client of Coddan is offered an initial, no-cost-or-commitment consultation to help him or her scope their specific company registration needs. If needed Coddan can help with the appointment of a nominee director, nominee secretary or a nominee shareholder.

There are many advantages to forming a company in Hong Kong. As well as being in prime position to trade with the rest of China there are also many merits within Hong Kong itself. Any business with a Hong Kong address carries a level of prestige within the region - which is a banking and financial powerhouse in its own right - as well as the rest of the global marketplace.

Register Your Business in Hong Kong: Limited Company Formation in Hong Kong

Register Your Business in Hong Kong

Are you looking for the quality Hong Kong company formation agent & Hong Kong companies registry; practical guidance regarding how to register a company in Hong Kong, how to incorporatea new business in Hong Kong, & may be need a start-up advice?

Our Hong Kong company's registration team, which comprises of more than twenty multi-discipline professionals, including the association with commercial lawyers, Hong Kong accountants, nominee company secretary, business bankers, international trade & investment specialists and experienced corporate administrators providing the professional corporate services in Hong Kong.

Our aim is to establish a close working relationship with our clients and, because of this, all new clients are provided with an initial consultation with no cost or commitment, which will enable them to evaluate the nature and scope of their specific requirements to register a limited company in Hong Kong.

We provide everything you need to incorporate your company in Hong Kong, Coddan provides complete and confidential Hong Kong corporate management services. Included are wide ranges of financial and administrative services to individuals and corporate entities, as a base for their international and local business activities in Hong Kong.

Here are some of the main benefits of opening a Hong Kong company:

Setting up a Hong Kong limited company is reasonable; you do not need to fly to Hong Kong to register a company there. Foreigners and international clients can own the company; there are no restrictions on nationality.

One private individual can be a company director and shareholder; at the same time you do need to have a Hong Kong company or a private individual to be appointed as your company secretary. Coddan provides you a nominee secretary service in Hong Kong with all range of Hong Kong company formation packages.

A Hong Kong company offers global recognition and banks do not have restrictions to open a business bank account for behalf of the company registered in Hong Kong. We can help you to open a bank account in Hong Kong, but your personal visit is required. We can also help you to open a bank account for the name of your company in Malta, Andorra, and Switzerland or in EU countries.

Hong Kong ruled under British Law, for most countries, Hong Kong is often viewed as the best gateway to do business in China, even Chinese business people are registering companies in Hong Kong for the further tax planning and reducing their liabilities.

You do not need to rent the office in in Hong Kong; you need to have the registered office address in Hong Kong, which we provide you upon a new company formation. Directors or shareholders do not need to be residents or citizens of Hong Kong, and you, being as the director of a company incorporated in Hong Kong, can manage your company affairs from any country in the world.

Hong Kong adopts a territorial principle of taxation, means that if the profit of your company generated outside of Hong Kong, and your business managed outside of Hong Kong, the income of your company is tax-free.

If you want to discuss your current situation, and find out benefits to register a new company in Hong Kong, or relocate your existent business activities to the name of a Hong Kong company, give us a call to get all information about the company formation, post-incorporation matters, etc.

Choose Us As Your Company Formation Provider in Hong Kong

HK Company Formation

We can help with your Hong Kong company maintenance on the yearly basic, as we described above, we can provide you a registered office address in Hong Kong. We can offer you different registered office locations, if it will be necessary, for example, you need to have two companies registered in Hong Kong for your business needs, and do not want to have them at the same address in Hong Kong. We can provide you a legal secretary, resident of Hong Kong, a nominee director and nominee shareholder.

We can help with filing of annual accounts and annual returns for behalf of your company with the Inland Revenue; we can also help with filing of trading accounts, audit services, etc. Just make a simple call to discuss what exactly you can have from us with a new company registration in Hong Kong.

Our mission is to provide high quality services to our clients over the long-term at competitive fees. You will find that we are able to render certain additional services exceedingly valuable when the time factor is of special importance. Coddan offers the following services:

  • Incorporation of Hong Kong and other onshore/offshore companies and structures
  • Full corporate management services
  • Registered office, business office address, mail redirection
  • Accounting services
  • Re-invoicing services
  • Asset protection and preservation advisory services
  • Business establishment services
  • Nominee shareholders, directors and secretaries
  • Preparation and submission of statutory returns
  • Preparation of resolutions
  • De-registration
  • Liquidation and dissolution of companies registered in Hong Kong

Why to Register a Company in Hong Kong & Reasons to Choose Coddan as Your Corporate Service Provider

Register a Company in Hong Kong

Officially forming a company in Hong Kong can lead to a lot of paperwork and bureaucracy, and the potential for headaches in drawn-out processes is increased when you need to carry all of this out in a foreign country.

However, by employing the services and expertise of an experienced business in this field, the entire process can be swift and straightforward, while remaining competitive and cost-effective. If you need to establish a business presence in Hong Kong, Coddan CPM is one of the most experienced companies in this field, and they provide a number of different packages - this ensures that they have something to offer every level of business.

Company formation in Hong Kong has many advantages, and from a development point of view it is ideally situated for the ever-expanding economy of China. This global superpower may have a growing reputation for increasing trade and commercial opportunities, but there are also plenty of merits to be found within Hong Kong itself.

Any business that can show a Hong Kong address instantly carries a level of prestige within the global marketplace, and this entire region is also a banking and financial powerhouse of activity. It is the ultimate compliment to Hong Kong that a number of Chinese businesses are now taking advantage of taxation benefits by registering businesses in this former British protectorate.

Looking at the taxation issue further, this is one of the key reasons that businesses are so keen to incorporate in Hong Kong. A company registration in this region is desirable, and businesses typically benefit from a tax rate that can be as low as 16.5%.

In addition to this, the actual system of reporting tax liabilities is relatively simple and straightforward, and there are also a number of allowances that can actually reduce this amount further. If a certain amount of business activities takes place outside of this country, a company that is registered there may not even have any tax to pay.

If getting your company registered in Hong Kong is looking like an attractive proposition to you, there are a number of reasons for getting Coddan CPM to take care of the entire process. At the outset, our website offers a wealth of useful advice that will assist you in making this very important decision.

Once you have decided that a company formation in Hong Kong is right for your business, their team of experienced representatives will be able to get all of the necessary paperwork completed and submitted. Getting an official business bank account is also something that will be taken care of, and it is a refreshingly efficient process when compared to the situation in other nations.

Once you have the added advantages that come with a registered office in Hong Kong, it may surprise you to know that you will be ready to commence trading in a matter of days - this factor is vital in the modern marketplace for any company that is operating in a time-critical situation. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with a Coddan CPM representative for more information about any of our packages.

Main Reasons To Register a Company in Hong Kong

1. Hong Kong taxes are among the lowest in the world, and the tax regime is simple and predictable.

2. Profits tax payable by local and foreign companies is equally low 16.5%.

3. If a company registered in Hong Kong, operates outside of Hong Kong, and the place of a company management is not locating there, then, the company does not pay income tax in Hong Kong.

4. The actual tax bill is even less after various deductions and depreciation allowances.

5. There is no capital gains tax in Hong Kong.

6. Furthermore, there is no withholding tax on dividends and interest and no collection of social security benefit.

7. Salaries tax is also very low using a progressive tax rate imposed on all salary income of individuals derived in or from Hong Kong.

8. There is no sales tax or VAT in Hong Kong.

9. Hong Kong's legal system is separate from Mainland China.

10. The Court of Final Appeal operates in Hong Kong is staffed by senior judges from Hong Kong and distinguished overseas judges on rotation.

11. Hong Kong has developed into one of the world's major arbitration jurisdictions since establishing its International Arbitration Centre in 1985.

Incorporate in Hong Kong: What We Can Do For You

Incorporate in Hong Kong

Coddan is the firm with many years experience in assisting clients with business formations in Hong Kong, offering in most circumstances the online Hong Kong company incorporation. Our expert knowledge and extensive experience of setting-up of companies in Hong Kong and offshore companies' structures has made us possible to provide the professional, prompt, and efficient service.

Our team of consultants will be pleased to assist with your enquiries related to establishing and maintaining international business companies, tax-free limited liability companies and partnerships or creating complex offshore corporate legal structures.

On our web-site, you will find a number of useful tips and information, downloadable documents, which may help you to learn what to take into consideration when deciding among public companies, private limited liability companies, limited partnerships, and other structures.

Our fully trained, experienced and efficient staff can help you start your own business in Hong Kong without the hassling, time-consuming and demanding aspects of paper work and red tape tangles. If you are seeking quality information and practical guidance to setting up and running your limited company in Hong Kong, we can assist you and provide a higher standard of support and advice than any other offshore company formation agency. Our expert team of professionals and consultants can get your tax-free company registered online directly from the ground up.

We understand that every individual organization has its own unique set of resources and circumstances, which the company structure needs to channel. The right company structure can make the difference between achieving good and great results. If you are caught up in the maze of deciding the right type of business, allow us to help you out.

We can provide you with the necessary assistant to help you set up your dream project of Hong Kong private company limited by shares, a company limited by guarantee and having a share capital, a company limited by guarantee and not having a share capital, Hong Kong trusts, and Hong Kong ship management and maritime company in just couple of days.

We provide different incorporation packages with the different options depending on your business needs; each package offers the complete formation of a non-resident company, which is usually ready to commence trading within couple of days.

Online Limited Company Formation in Hong Kong

Company Formation Online

Our Hong Kong incorporation packages offer the perfect results for those people who are taking the first step into the business or smaller companies whose budget won't stretch to bespoke business solutions, there are no dumbfounds and no hidden charges, - what you see is what you pay! We can also assist clients with the special needs or requirements, we could make a tailor made package that would suit your personal needs and wants.

If you choose us as your offshore corporate service provider, you will almost immediately realise that our team of proficient advisors, is your own dedicated support team. We are a business formation and business administration firm offers a comprehensive range of starting business solutions, corporate, legal, and tax advice. Since 1993, we have developed an excellent international reputation for providing the highest quality solutions and advice for our clients.

In addition, although most of offshore professionals have conventionally worked on an hourly basis, our main target is selling the amount of high-grade products and first-rate services than high-cost time. Where the scope of the work can be adequately specified, we keenly encourage alternative fixed-fee arrangements, or an applicable percentage (as the simplest example: from the legally tax-reductions).

If you would like a personal face-to-face consultation and dedicated help with your Hong Kong business start-up, call us on +44 (0) 207.935.5171 to discuss your requirements and make an appointment with one of our consultants. A consultant will contact you at a pre-arranged appointment time to discuss your individual circumstances, as well as your suggestions in relation to your Hong Kong incorporation needs.

Our project begins with a short meeting, where our advisors gather the information required to register a company in Hong Kong for each client. The result includes personal assistance with the order form submission.

If you have questions about legal aspects of your company incorporation application, you should speak to one of our consultants. We are very happy to provide a practical support, we have a team of professional business advisers and consultants who can support you to strengthen and grow your business. We can help if you need a qualified advice and guidance in any of the following areas:

  • How to select the best Hong Kong business form
  • How to start and register your own business in Hong Kong jurisdiction
  • How to get your company up and running
  • Reasons to register a Hong Kong private non-resident company, a non-profit company, a limited partnership or a trust
  • How to establish a subsidiary company or a branch in Hong Kong
  • How to manage your already established company

You will not be left on your own once you have started up a Hong Kong company, we still are here to help you with any problems that you may face as you establish and grow your business. Our advisers will answer any questions you may have and explain what you, or we, might do in your current circumstances. If necessary, you may return to us for further help as matters progress.

Our team of full-time professional business advisers can guide you through the essential steps to launching your own business. Please, take a note that we can have meetings with current of positional customers by appointment only.

If you do not need to get an advice or guidance how to register a company, you may simply place an order online with automatic e-mail confirmation, status updates, and e-mail notifications of filing status changes. Areas of our practice:

  • Determination of the best offshore business structure for tax purposes
  • Formation of companies in Hong Kong (we can advise upon and assist with establishing of an international trading companies, shipping and property management companies, royalty, patent, Hong Kong holding companies, etc.)
  • Assistance with the opening Hong Kong banking accounts, we are working closely with many offshore banks, such as Standard Bank Asia, Standard Chartered Bank, Barclays Bank, Commerzbank, HSBC Bank International, and Credit Suisse
  • We can also help with opening UK business bank accounts for your Hong Kong corporation or any other offshore business entity
  • Provision of the registered office addresses and registered agent services
  • Provision of the Hong Kong nominee officers (nominee secretary, nominee director and nominee shareholder/member)
  • Registering and licensing copyrights, Hong Kong trademarks, design rights and patents
  • Hong Kong companies corporate management
  • Bookkeeping and preparation of management accounts
  • Preparation and filling of statutory accounts
  • Acquisition and transfer of ownership for new companies
  • Amendment of company structure, shareholders and directors
  • Transfer, disposal and acquisition of shares and assets
  • Commercial contracts and agreements
  • Intellectual property rights and IT related matters
  • Restructuring finances, financial arrangements and documentation and funding agreements
  • Voluntary striking-off, dissolution and restoration of companies to the register

Our Experience in Hong Kong Business Incorporation

Establish Company in Hong Kong

We can guarantee accurate, confidential, personalised, and reliable services at highly competitive prices; we are a customer-oriented company, we value our consumers and offer comprehensive services to every one of them. We are fully aware of our client's needs and desires and try to make the process of our teamwork as comfortable as possible.

We can incorporate Hong Kong company within few days may help you with the opening of the corporate bank account operated by a Hong Kong or UK banks. This is exactly what you will get if you choose to incorporate with Coddan. We are the real company, not a dot.co.uk or a bargain-basement internet company, our offshore knowledge-base and practical with thousands of registered companies, offshore trusts, and partnerships has shown us that many new business owners want the fastest and easiest route to get their new business started.

As you endeavour to manage the growth and overall success of your offshore business, you will want to have a team of adviser with the focus on providing advice from start-ups to mature business issues to clients throughout the region. Coddan provides clients with continuing business advisory services and has specialists who understand the pressures facing small businesses. Experienced business consultants ensure clients get practical and adventitious advice.

Coddan' team supplies a wide variety of hands on business help that is personalised to your requirements and extremely useful. Our services are earmarked to meet the needs of business entrepreneurs, with a solid reputation in delivering bespoke solutions to small and medium-size businesses there is no better team of advisers to have on your side.

Benefits of Registering a Limited Company in Hong Kong With Business Formation Agent

Company Establishment in Hong Kong

Our organisation specialises in the intricate field of a Hong Kong limited company's formation, incorporation of Hong Kong business structures and their management in eighteen low-tax or zero-tax countries. Furthermore, our consultants are competent to advice how to select the best type of business for incorporation, and register your general trading, shipping or holding company. We may assist to register a Hong Kong property management, or intellectual property management companies.

Our local lawyers and accountants are the best in their field, carefully selected for their professional ability, reliability, and integrity. Therefore, there is no need for you to spend hour after hour mastering the main regulating law, scaling bulk of paperwork or trying to recruit people that you can trust - we have already done that for you!

Coddan is a professional company which has been servicing the UK and international community with a diverse range of top quality of Hong Kong corporate structures incorporation and management services for many years.

We incorporate Hong Kong companies, partnerships, joint-venture entities, and trusts. We provide the first-rate business support services (Hong Kong corporate and private bank accounts, business and tax planning, reviewing and updating company' constitutional documents, preparation minutes of meetings and directors or/and shareholders resolutions, etc.).

We do not hide any fees from our consumers, because price transparency is essential to us. Our service' fees and offshore business filings fees are provided to our customers upfront. Our online filing makes the ordering and incorporating processes easy and convenient, Coddan is an industry leader in online Hong Kong business incorporation and documents processing.

With our passion for service and client success, we strive to make Coddan the preferred choice of the small business start-up and new business registration facilities market. We are able to offer a full range of business registration services to business starters or existent business owners; we can undertake most types of corporate management related work.

Call us and speak with one of our knowledgeable advisor. There is no cost or obligation, let us help you to start a new business in Hong Kong. We will be pleased to discuss your plans, requirements and suggestions, and to help you understand how the incorporation process works.

Professionals answer our phone lines during business hours, not by an answering machine. We appreciate the value of your time and understand that the real person cannot be replaced by a contemporary technology. This is especially true when it comes to make an important business decision and where interaction and multiple views are essential.

When you call to request an appointment with our advisors, the receptionist will ask you series of questions to qualify the appointment. We are continually enhancing our services to better assist our clients and meet their needs.

Private Company Registration in Hong Kong and Post-Formation Services

Companies require on-going maintenance and must meet certain local reporting and statutory requirements, although these are generally less rigorous for offshore companies, they still exist. There are additional difficulties for those who do not have a relationship in Hong Kong and are uninitiated to the law and practicalities of an offshore location.

In addition to providing Hong Kong company formations online, Coddan offers a host of services designed to support your business. This comprehensive list of services includes:

  • Nominee director service
  • Nominee secretary service
  • Nominee shareholder service
  • Hong Kong and private investment banking introductions
  • Registered office service
  • Registered agent service
  • Management services
  • Registration of offshore shipping vessels in Hong Kong
  • Administrative services
  • Accounting and bookkeeping services
  • Notary and apostille legalisation services
  • Formation of real estate holdings & real estate corporations in Hong Kong
  • Formation of hotel & tourism companies
  • Formation of branches, subsidiaries, representative offices, partnerships & trusts

Coddan helps you set up all major Hong Kong structures such as companies, trusts, partnerships and bank accounts in Hong Kong, giving you full freedom, security confidentiality within the legal framework. We cater to the needs of both individual & professional clients all across the globe.

The Advantages of Hong Kong - Reasons for Setting up a Business in Hong Kong

Forming HK Company

An excellent hub for the establishment of international business in areas as diverse as financial services, trading and e-commerce, light manufacturing, shipping, property development and tourism. Distribute competitively priced VAT-free products and services to the markets of the EU, USA, China, Australia, New Zealand and Africa.

Hong Kong is a former British colony which is located to the east of the Pearl River Delta on the south eastern cost of China. An agreement between Britain and China engendered the transference of the sovereignty of Hong Kong to the People's Republic of China in 1997. The region is governed as a special administrative region of China, and enjoys a relatively high level of autonomy. Hong Kong is China's richest city, has one of the world's most liberal economies, and is a major international centre of finance and trade.

Chinese and English are both official languages in Hong Kong, and although not an offshore centre in the traditional sense, and thus without the same anonymity or low reporting standards offered by traditional offshore jurisdictions, companies in Hong Kong are subject to low taxes which are only levied on the portion of their income which is generated within the jurisdiction. As a former British colony, the company law of Hong Kong is based largely on English common law.

Hong Kong has one of the world's most liberal economies which is based solidly on international trade and finance. Needless to say that Hong Kong boasts a wide array of excellent professional services and business infrastructure.

Trade Mark Registration in Hong Kong

HK Trademark Registration

The trademark law of Hong Kong is based on the Trade Marks Ordinance Cap. 559, which came into force on 4 April 2003 and repealed the Trade Mark Ordinance Cap. 43. The system established by this legislation is entirely separate to the system used in the People's Republic of China, pursuant to the one country-two systems policy. The superseded law and the current law share many similarities with the relevant legislation in the United Kingdom.

The new law introduced various substantive and procedural changes, such as expanding the legal definition of a trademark; including or broadening protection for certification marks, collective marks, and well-known trademarks; reducing the period of non-use for revocation purpose from five to three years; and simplifying and streamlining procedures for the registration of assignments, and transactions such as licenses.

Registration of a trademark in Hong Kong commences with the filing of an application at the Trade Mark Registry of the Hong Kong Intellectual Property Department. An application may cover one or more classes of products and/or services.

Firstly, the application is assessed by an examiner for deficiencies, which go to formalities. The next stage is substantive examination, where the main grounds of objection could be raised: absolute grounds for refusal (e.g. where the mark is inherently not registerable), and relative grounds for refusal (e.g. where the mark is identical or similar to mark covered by an application or registration filed earlier in time).

If any objections are overcome, the application will be accepted by the registry and published for opposition purposes for an extendible period of three months to allow third parties to object to registration of the mark on certain grounds.

Once any opposition are resolved, a certificate of registration will be issued. The standard time frame to registration for an application which encounters few if any problems or difficulties is 12 months.

Difference Between Trademark Registration and Company Registration in Hong Kong

Separate laws and systems regulate the registration of company names, business names and trademarks in Hong Kong. A company name registration at the Companies Registry or a business name registration at the Business Registration Office (Inland Revenue Department) is not the same as a trademark registration at the Trade Marks Registry. A business or company name registration is not an indication of trademark rights.

There have been recent reports of registered trademarks or well-known trademarks being registered without authorization as company names with the Companies Registry (often with a minor variation of the name). We understand that such company name registrations are then used outside Hong Kong (principally in the Mainland) as a cover for promoting or dealing in infringing trademark goods.

A Hong Kong business registration certificate or a company registration certificate does not by itself indicate that the business or company has rights to use its name or a trademark in promoting or dealing in goods and services.

Furthermore, to address possible misunderstanding of the Hong Kong system in the Mainland, we have arranged a number of events to promote a better knowledge of our system among businesspersons and at the local government level. We shall particularly stress that a company registration is not an indication of intellectual property rights.

If you like to register a trademark in Hong Kong, please submit your inquiry by e-mail to consultations@ukincorp.co.uk, with the subject: "Hong Kong Trade Mark Registration" or by post: Attn: Coddan CPM LTD, Corporate Division, 120 Baker Street, London, W1U 6TU, or by fax: + 44 (0) 207.681.3318. Upon receiving the information, you will be contacted by one of the business consultant to discuss your needs.

Common Uses of Hong Kong Companies in Business

Setting up a limited company in Hong Kong offers a world of opportunity for overseas entrepreneurs. Not only do offshore companies based in Hong Kong enjoy a greatly reduced rate of tax, but a business address in the territory lends an air of business prestige to their proceedings. The respected status of a Hong Kong-formed company is recognised globally.

Company formation in Hong Kong is also known to be an ideal door-opener for initiating business relations with China, currently one of the world's most exciting economies. This is one of the main reasons why the cream of the world's business crop are congregating in the territory and enjoying huge success. What we do at Coddan CPM is enable companies to register in Hong Kong, in the easiest manner possible. Our experienced team can cut through all the red tape on your behalf and incorporate your firm immediately. We have worked with companies in Hong Kong for a long time and know the most efficient methods to form your limited company there.

There are many different companies who find it advantageous to register in Hong Kong. Among the most common are international trading companies, financial services companies, property holding businesses, e-commerce and professional consultancies. Currently there are more than 2000 multinational businesses registered in Hong Kong. It is a leading global powerhouse, with China, America and Japan all having heavy representation there.

As Hong Kong is an important centre for international shipping and exportation, not only is easy to capitalise on impressive shipping services, which are already in place, but also trade support services are common. The industries who support trade, such as financing and banking exist to cater to the demand and these sectors are expanding fast.

Another function for many companies registered in Hong Kong is to sublicense intellectual property rights. They collect royalties earned from international copyrights and patents without having to pay a huge tax bill. Real estate property companies also form in significant numbers in the territory, due to the possibilities the country offers for avoiding capital gains and other hefty, property-related taxes.

There are, indeed, a number of lucrative funds and investments that benefit heavily from Hong Kong's low tax jurisdiction, but perhaps the most financially savvy of all are the holding companies which are set up, simply to own other companies or shares in them. They don't perform an actual function other than that of reducing risk for their owners.

With such commercial opportunity available in Hong Kong, an infrastructure has sprung up to supply those who will actually visit the territory at some point with modern, luxury business accommodation and workspaces. These include cutting edge communication services and everything else a Hong Kong business owner might need.

If you would like to be at the forefront of world business relations, why not give our highly respected team at Coddan CPM a call and find out how easy we can make the incorporation process for you. With one simple phone call we will be able to take the information required to begin the registration procedure and move your business into an internationally enviable position.