Most Read Contributor in Hong Kong, September 2016
Keywords: Hong Kong, companies ordinance,
Since the commencement of the Companies (Disclosure of Company
Name and Liability Status) Regulation (Cap.622B)
("Regulation"), a subsidiary legislation of the Companies
Ordinance (Cap.622) in March this year, practitioners and
compliance professionals have been concerned about its impact on
company operation. In particular, they are concerned about early
indications from the authorities that full compliance means a
company registered by both an English name and a Chinese name
("bilingual names") must use both names in all
circumstances where its registered name is required to be displayed
or stated under the Regulation.
In response to these concerns, the Registrar of Companies has
considered the matter further and sought legal advice. On 24 July
2014, the Companies Registry (CR) published External Circular No.
13/2014, stating that for the purpose of compliance in ensuring
that a company is properly identified, CR considers that it is
sufficient for a company with bilingual names to display or state
either its English name or Chinese name. Of course, such a company
may still choose to display or state both its English name and
This is a welcome move for the market and is in line with the
general policy of bilingualism in law. The responsiveness of the
Registrar of Companies to the concerns of the market should be
Apart from the above clarification, the CR Circular has also
summarised the major changes introduced by the Regulation e.g., the
relaxation of the requirement for the display of the company's
registered name at the registered office and business venue, and
the need to display the registered name and liability status on the
For further details, please click here to view the CR Circular.
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