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Legal Forms of Companies

Sole Proprietorship
Number of partners: 1 person
Capital (max/min): No minimum capital.
Shareholders and liability: Individual entrepreneur is liable for debts of the enterprise on personal goods.
Company Limited by Guarantee
Number of partners: Minimum 2 partners.
Capital (max/min): No minimum capital.
Shareholders and liability: Their liabilities are limited to the amount of contributions made to the shares of the company.
Unlimited Company
Number of partners: Minimum 2 partners.
Capital (max/min): No minimum capital.
Shareholders and liability: Their liabilities are unlimited and joint.
Private Limited Company
Number of partners: At least 1 partner or shareholder with a maximum of 50.
Capital (max/min): No minimum capital.
Shareholders and liability: Their liabilities are limited to the amount of contributions.
Public Limited Company
Number of partners: At least 1 partner without maximum.
Capital (max/min): No minimum capital.
Shareholders and liability: Their liabilities are limited to the amount of contributions.
General Partnership
Number of partners: Minimum 2 partners.
Maximum 20 partners.
Capital (max/min): No minimum capital.
Shareholders and liability: Their liabilities are unlimited for the debts and obligations of the association.
Limited Partnership
Number of partners: Minimum 2 partners.
Maximum 20 partners.
Capital (max/min): No minimum capital.
Shareholders and liability: General partners are liable for all debts and obligations (unlimited liability). Liability of other partners is limited to the amount of contributions.
The Competent Organisation
Company register
Company directories
Companies Registry
 
Setting Up a Company Hong Kong SAR, China East Asia & Pacific
Procedures (number) 2.0 7.3
Time (days) 1.5 29.7

Source: Doing Business, 2016

 
Business Setup Procedures
Consult Doing Business Website, to know about procedures to start a Business in Hong Kong.
Trade Register

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