Doing business in: Hong Kong
Produced in partnership with Felix K.H.Ng, Timothy L.T. Wan and Christina H.K. Ma of Haldanes Solicitors & Notaries
Doing business in: Hong Kong

The following Commercial guidance note Produced in partnership with Felix K.H.Ng, Timothy L.T. Wan and Christina H.K. Ma of Haldanes Solicitors & Notaries provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Doing business in: Hong Kong
  • Introduction
  • The business environment
  • Forming a company
  • Financing a company
  • Opening a bank account
  • Utilising office space
  • Immigration Controls
  • Key employment laws
  • Contracting with third parities
  • more

March 2019

Introduction

The business environment

Forming a company

Financing a company

Opening a bank account

Utilising office space

Immigration controls

Key employment laws

Contracting with third parties

Taxation overview

Regulatory compliance

Protecting key assets and employees

Useful links

Introduction

Hong Kong has been ranked the 'World’s Freest Economy' for over two decades according to the Heritage Foundation and is a regional business hub in Asia. According to the ''Doing Business Survey 2019' of the World Bank, Hong Kong is ranked the fourth among 190 economies in terms of ease of doing business in the world. Given its simple tax structure, well-established legal system, sound financial market, free flow of information, sophisticated workforce and the government’s long-standing capitalist 'laissez-faire' policy, thousands of multinational corporations have chosen to establish their foothold in Hong Kong.

Today, the People’s Republic of China (China) is the second largest economy in the world after the United States and is one of the fastest-growing major economies. China has been gradually transforming itself from being 'the world’s factory' into a significant consumer and financial market itself given its increasingly affluent population. Hong Kong’s geographical and cultural proximity to China, together with its international business environment and world-class infrastructure, have made it the ideal gateway for foreign investors to enter this enormous market. China's accession to the World Trade Organisation in 2001 and the subsequent Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (CEPA)