Hong Kong Company Registrations Hit New Record
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
The number of local companies newly registered with the Hong Kong Companies
Registry in 2011 hit a record high of 148,329, an increase of 6.31% from 2010,
according to figures released on January 8.
According to the new Companies Registry data, the total number of live local
companies registered stood at 956,392 at the end of 2011, up 92,630 from the
end of 2010.
The number of companies incorporated in July reached a record of 24,957. Registrar
of Companies Ada Chung said the figure doubled the average monthly incorporations
of around 11,000 for 2010 and may be attributable to the local economic environment
and expiration of the waiver of business registration fees for new companies
The registration fee for a one-year certificate is normally HKD2,450 (USD315),
made up of a HKD2,000 fee and a HKD450 levy, but a special concession was introduced
in 2008 waiving the fee for business registration certificates with a commencement
date in 2008-09. This waiver was reintroduced from August 1, 2009 for a further
There were 798 non-Hong Kong companies that established a place of business
in Hong Kong and were newly registered under Part XI of the Companies Ordinance,
up 8.28% from the corresponding period in 2010. The total number of non-Hong
Kong companies registered stood at 8,554 at the end of last year.
Chung said with the introduction of the one-stop electronic company incorporation
and business registration service at the new e-Registry platform in March, 15,248
companies had been incorporated online at the end of last year.
In 2011, the number of charges on assets of companies received for registration
was 37,673, down 8.86% from 2010. The number of memoranda of satisfaction and
releases received for registration fell 6.02% to 27,851.