Hong Kong rules for company names
25 November, 2016
What are the rules for company names?
If you're considering opening a business in Asia, you'll have to register a company first. What are the rules for choosing the right company name?
You can't use a name that is in use or in the process of being registered. You can check the company name here. If you don't find the name in the Registry, it's free to use.
Limited vs. Ltd
The English company name must end with "Limited" (Limited in English or its equivalent in Chinese). Ltd is not allowed!
Any name which could give the impression that the company is connected to the Hong Kong government or any government department is strictly prohibited.
The following expressions would require a prior approval from the Companies Registry in Hong Kong:
Chamber of Commerce
You can choose the company name either in English or in Chinese or in both languages. Please bear in mind, that a combination of Chinese and English characters is prohibited.
The final approval is confirmed when the government makes an approval without objections.
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