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Doing business in Hong Kong SAR (China)

A selection of articles, books and online resources to help you explore the key issues for doing business in Hong Kong.

Key data

Ease of Doing Business in Hong Kong
Summary of comprehensive annual data collated by the World Bank giving key indicators for business and economic conditions. Includes information on typical business procedures, showing time to complete and associated costs for each step.

Guides

Hong Kong company registration
Comprehensive guide produced by Healy Consultants explaining company structures and business entity types, fees and timelines for incorporation, accounting and tax in this jurisdiction and comparisons with other countries in the region.

Overseas Business Risk - Hong Kong
Report from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office looking at potential risks for UK businesses operating in this territory. It includes economic risks, international relations, human rights issues, bribery and corruption, terrorism, intellectual property and organised crime.

International Business Guide: Hong Kong
Guide on doing business created by HSBC. Sections cover conducting business, tax system, labour, audit, trade, finance, infrastructure. Published in 2019.

Doing Business in Hong Kong
Guide prepared by a local firm within the UHY network which provides an overview of the relevant issues to consider when establishing a business in this country. This publication is current at January 2018.

Doing Business in Asia Pacific
Guide prepared by Moore Stephens member firms on doing business with or in this region, covering Hong Kong. It also provides useful information for those living and working in Hong Kong either temporarily or permanently. Published in May 2018.

Hong Kong: Guide to Doing Business
Guide published by legal firm Lex Mundi in 2017, providing an overview of the legal and business environment in Hong Kong.

Doing Business in Hong Kong
Official portal from the Government Information Service, which provides sections on business opportunities in Hong Kong, a resource library (reports, key business statistics and business forms), and a business directory.

Exporting

On our Exporting to Hong Kong page you can find export guides, trade forecasts and economic and political updates.

Corporate governance

Asian Corporate Governance Association (ACGA)
A non-profit organisation, whose aim is to improve corporate governance and regulation in Asian countries and regions. Information includes code and rules on company law, accounting standards, regulations and listing rules in Hong Kong.

European Corporate Governance Institute
The European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI) aims to provide 'a forum for debate and dialogue between academics, legislators and practitioners, focusing on major corporate governance issues and thereby promoting best practice'. The ECGI website also provides a directory of national Corporate Governance Codes, Principles & Recommendations.

Law and regulation

Hong Kong e-Legislation
Database of Hong Kong legislation from the Department of Justice. Users can browse and search in English and Chinese by subject, title, chapter number and date. The site also provides an English and Chinese gazette of Hong Kong legislation as made.

Doing Business law library
World Bank
Collection of business laws and regulations from economies around the world, linking to official government sources. Topics include company law, labour, tax and trade.

The float guide: How to float a company on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange
Overview prepared by the International Bar Association describing the process for initial public offering (IPO) by companies. The guide explains the steps involved and offers a typical timetable.

Doing business in… Country Q&A tool
Useful tool from Practical Law that allows users to compare summaries of key legal issues across several jurisdictions, including this region. Summaries cover:

  • the legal system
  • foreign investment
  • business vehicles
  • employment
  • tax
  • competition
  • intellectual property
  • marketing agreements
  • e-commerce
  • data protection
  • product liability.

International debt collection handbook
Detailed guide compiled by Atradius looking at debt collection procedures, legislation and culture across 35 countries and territories, including a profile of this jurisdiction. Profiles include information on:

  • the amicable phase
  • legal procedures
  • enforcement
  • insolvency proceedings
  • arbitration and mediation.

Forums and support networks

Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce
Independent body representing multinational, Mainland Chinese and Hong Kong companies doing business in the region.

British Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong
A support network for promoting business and trade between Britain and Hong Kong.

Embassies and consulates

Publications

Buy books from Amazon on doing business in Hong Kong

Articles and books in the Library collection

Selected books

The Business Operations in... series from Bloomberg BNA provides expert guidance on the tax aspects of expanding and operating businesses abroad.

Business Operations in Hong Kong
Analysis of the business environment in Hong Kong, focusing on: the economy and government, operating a business, forms of doing business, principal taxes and taxation of domestic corporations.

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