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OPEN AN ACCOUNT – HONG KONG

OPEN AN ACCOUNT – HONG KONG

SOME POINTS TO CONSIDER

The following points should be considered when opening a company bank account in Hong Kong

  • you will need to comply with the banks account opening requirements which require you to provide the bank with details of the intended business activity of your new company and details of your business experience.
  • it is usually easier to open an account in Hong Kong if your new company will be selling to or buying from companies in Asia (and preferably China) or holding investments in Asia. If your company will have no business activity in Asia we suggest to open a bank account with an offshore bank.
  • any shareholder owning 10% or more of the shares of the new company and a majority of the board of directors must attend a pre-arranged account opening meeting with the bank in Hong Kong.
  • it is not possible to open accounts on a “walk-in” basis as all banks operate a pre-approval process requiring new clients to complete an online account opening application for the banks review in advance of the bank confirming the account opening meeting. The pre-approval process usually requires up to 3 working days. The scheduling of the meeting is subject to the banks availability but it is usually possible to attend the meeting with the bank within 1 to 2 weeks of completing your online application.
  • after your meeting with the bank it usually takes around 2 to 4 weeks for the bank to open the account.

It should be noted it is not possible to authorise ourselves or any other 3rd party to open an account for your company as the banks will only liaise with the company’s owner and director. We can however provide complimentary guidance on the choice of bank for your new company, advice on the account opening requirements and contact details for you to submit your account opening application.

The following is a step by step guide to the process to open a company bank account in Hong Kong:

STEP ONE

We will seek details from you of the intended business activity of your new Hong Kong company and details of your business background in order we can propose a bank best suited to your business requirements.

STEP TWO

We will provide you with contact details for the bank and a link to the banks website for you to submit your account opening application. Please note you cannot liaise with the bank until your new company has been incorporated as the banks require your new company registration documents before they will consider your account opening application.

STEP THREE

You will need to complete the banks online account opening application which requires you to provide your personal details, upload your company registration documents, provide details of the intended business activity of your new company, provide details of your business background and provide details of your preferred appointment date and time for the account opening meeting.

STEP FOUR

The bank staff will review your online account opening application and will usually contact you within 3 working days to discuss your application and arrange a time for the account opening meeting. The scheduling of the meeting is subject to the banks availability but it is usually possible to attend the meeting with the bank within 1 to 2 weeks of completing your online application.

STEP FIVE

You will need to meet with ourselves to collect the original CPA certified true copies of the company incorporation documents you will take to your account opening meeting at the bank. We suggest you visit our office at least 1 hour before your meeting at the bank.

STEP SIX

You will attend your pre-arranged account opening meeting at the bank to discuss the planned business activities for your new company and provide the bank with relevant documents to support your planned business activities and business background. The account opening meeting usually requires around 1 hour.

STEP SEVEN

The bank will usually require around 2 to 4 weeks to process the bank account opening application after the completion of the account opening meeting. It is not necessary for you to stay in Hong Kong after the account opening meeting has been held as any follow up questions can be dealt with by email.

STEP EIGHT

The bank will provide the new bank account details to you by email and will request you to arrange a transfer of funds to activate the account. The bank will send the internet banking device to you by courier once your funds to activate the account have been received by the bank.

It is important to take the time to ensure you are properly prepared before submitting your account opening application to the banks as failure to provide the required information and documents can lead to delays and possible rejection of the account opening application. We take the opportunity to refer you to our general guide to the account opening requirements for details of the information and documents required.

Please note the banks can change their account opening requirements and account opening process without notice.