Hong Kong is a popular jurisdiction for basing offshore companies. Its low taxation regime, political stability and the easy company formation in Hong Kong are some of the main reasons why foreign investors choose the city as an offshore jurisdiction.
Companies in Hong Kong can be 100% foreign owned and there are many options available when it comes to the size of the company and its flexibility. There is no minimum share capital in Hong Kong and the process of opening a company is straightforward, with bureaucracy reduced to a minimum.
Our company formation experts detail the usage of offshore companies in Hong Kong in the following video:
Using an offshore company in Hong Kong
The offshore company is commonly used as an investment vehicle. Hong Kong is a jurisdiction that has several characteristics which, combined, provide for a very convenient offshore company location.
Hong Kong offshore companies can be used for several purposes, including:
– offshore banking;
– asset protection;
Investors who open a Hong Kong company need to follow a few basic steps for company incorporation and compliance.
Setting up an offshore company in Hong Kong
When opening an offshore company, investors may register a new company in Hong Kong or buy a shelf company. Both incorporation options are valid for forming an offshore company. Shelf companies may offer a more convenient option as they can be used right away. In order to form a new company, the owner will need to draw up the company documents, open a bank account, register the company with the Company Register and have a physical address in Hong Kong. These steps are mandatory for Hong Kong company formation and other may be needed, depending on the type of company and its activities. Similar steps are to be followed in case you are interested in BVI offshore company formation or in forming an offshore company in the Isle of Man.
Taxation in Hong Kong is advantageous for offshore companies. The double tax treaties signed by Hong Kong with various other jurisdictions help reduce the tax burden.
Those investors who want to use an offshore company for investment purpose but want to remain anonymous can do so by using a nominee director in Hong Kong.
An easy solution for those who want to invest in Hong Kong through an offshore company is to request the services offered by our Hong Kong company formation agents.
You can contact us for more information about offshore companies in Hong Kong and other details about investing here.