If a company incorporated outside Hong Kong establishes a place of business in Hong Kong, it must register with the Companies Registry as a ‘Registered Non-Hong Kong Company’, otherwise known as a branch office, within one month of establishment.
Unlike a limited company, a branch office is not a separate legal entity from its headquarter. Thus, for the registration of a non-Hong Kong company, the corporate particulars in its home jurisdiction will be entered into the Companies Registry in Hong Kong as well.
A branch office can leverage the headquarters’ credit rating and reputation.
A Hong Kong branch office must appoint at least one person ordinarily residing in Hong Kong authorized to accept legal notices served on the company.