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Hong Kong rules for company names

Startupr
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?

Uniqueness
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!

Government Names
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:
Trust
Trustee
Kaifong
Chamber of Commerce
Levy
Tourism Board
Tourist Association
Savings
Exchange
University
School
受託
信託
旅遊協會
旅遊發展局
商會
街坊
徵費
儲蓄
大學
學校

Language
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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