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Chapter: 32  COMPANIES ORDINANCE

Section Num: 333  Version Date 08/09/2004

Documents, etc. to be delivered to Registrar by companies which establish a place of business in Hong Kong

(1) Any oversea company which, on or after the commencement* of the Companies (Amendment) Ordinance 1984 (6 of 1984), establishes a place of business in Hong Kong shall, within 1 month of the establishment of the place of business, deliver to the Registrar for registration-

(a) a certified copy of the charter, statutes or memorandum and articles of the company or other instrument constituting or defining the constitution of the company, or, if the instrument is not written in the English or Chinese language, a certified translation thereof in English or Chinese;  (Amended 83 of 1995 s. 17; 46 of 2000 s. 34)

(b) a list in English or Chinese in the specified form of the directors and secretary of the company containing the particulars mentioned in subsection (2);  (Amended 83 of 1995 s. 17; 3 of 1997 s. 49)

(c) a list in English or Chinese in the specified form of the names and addresses of some one or more persons resident in Hong Kong authorized to accept on behalf of the company service of process and any notices required to be served on the company, and also-  (Amended 83 of 1995 s. 17; 3 of 1997 s. 49)

(i) the address of the principal place of business of the company in Hong Kong; and

(ii) the respective addresses of the principal place of business,

if any, and the registered office (or its equivalent) of the company in the place of its incorporation;

(d) (Repealed 46 of 2000 s. 34)

(e) subject to subsection (1A), a certified copy of the company's certificate of incorporation, together with a certified translation thereof in English or Chinese if the certificate is in a language other than English or Chinese; and  (Amended 79 of 1988 s. 11; 83 of 1995 s. 17)

(f) except in the case of a company referred to in section 336(6), a certified copy of the latest accounts of the company in the form required by the law of the place of its incorporation, or, if no such requirement is in force under the law of that place, in the form in which the accounts of the company are submitted to the members of the company,

or a certified translation thereof in English or Chinese if the accounts are in a language other than English or Chinese:  (Amended 83 of 1995 s. 17; 46 of 2000 s. 34)

Provided that-

(i) a body corporate or a firm other than a solicitor corporation,

a corporate practice within the meaning of section 2 of the Professional Accountants Ordinance (Cap 50) or a firm of solicitors or certified public accountants (practising) shall not be authorized to accept on behalf of any oversea company service of process or any notices required to be served on the company;  (Amended 46 of 2000 s. 34; 23 of 2004 s. 56)

(ii) in the case of a solicitor corporation, such a corporate practice or a firm of solicitors or certified public accountants (practising) so authorized, it shall be sufficient for the purpose of paragraph (c) to deliver the name of the solicitor corporation, corporate practice or firm and its business address in Hong Kong.  (Amended 46 of 2000 s. 34; 23 of 2004 s. 56)

(1A) Where it is shown to the satisfaction of the Registrar that it is not the practice under the law of the place where an oversea company purports to be incorporated to issue a certificate of incorporation, the company may, instead of delivering a copy of its certificate of incorporation as required by subsection (1)(e), within 1 month of the establishment of its place of business in Hong Kong, deliver to the Registrar for registration such other evidence of incorporation as the Registrar deems sufficient.  (Added 79 of 1988 s. 11)

(2) The list referred to in subsection (1)(b) shall contain the following particulars-

(a) with respect to each director of an oversea company not having any of its shares listed on a recognized stock market-  (Amended 5 of 2002 s. 407)

(i) in the case of an individual, his present forename and surname and any former forename or surname, any alias, his usual residential address and the number of his identity card (if any) or, in the absence of such number, the number and issuing country of any passport held by him;

(Amended 83 of 1995 s. 17)

(ii) in the case of a body corporate, its corporate name and registered or principal office;  (Replaced 75 of 1993 s. 18)

(aa) with respect to each director of an oversea company having any of its shares listed on a recognized stock market-  (Amended 5 of 2002 s. 407)

(i) his present forename and surname and any former forename or surname;  (Amended 83 of 1995 s. 17)

(ii) any alias;

(iii) his usual residential address; and

(iv) (Repealed 30 of 1999 s. 28)

(v) the number of his identity card (if any) or, in the absence of such number, the number and issuing country of any passport held by him;

(vi) (Repealed 30 of 1999 s. 28)

(b) with respect to the secretary or, where there are joint secretaries, with respect to each of them-

(i) in the case of an individual, his present forename and surname and any former forename or surname, any alias, his usual residential address and the number of his identity card (if any) or, in the absence of such number, the number and issuing country of any passport held by him;

and  (Replaced 75 of 1993 s. 18. Amended 83 of 1995 s. 17)

(ii) in the case of a body corporate, its corporate name and registered or principal office:

Provided that where all the partners in a firm are joint secretaries of the company, the name and principal office of the firm may be stated instead of the particulars mentioned in paragraph (b).  (Amended 30 of 1999 s. 28)

(2A) (Repealed 30 of 1999 s. 28)

(3) The Registrar shall keep a register of oversea companies complying with this section and shall, upon registration of the documents required by subsection (1) to be delivered by an oversea company for registration, enter the name of the oversea company in the register and issue a certificate, with his signature or printed signature, certifying that such company is a company registered under this Part; and where any change is made in the corporate name of an oversea company, the Registrar shall, upon registration of a return delivered by the company under section 335(2), issue a fresh certificate containing the name of the company as so changed.  (Amended 28 of 2003 s. 104)

(4) In this section-

(a) references to solicitors are references to persons who are solicitors qualified to act as such under the Legal Practitioners Ordinance (Cap 159);

(b) the expression "certified public accountants (practising)" has the meaning assigned to it by the Professional Accountants Ordinance (Cap 50);  (Replaced 23 of 2004 s. 56)

(c) the expressions "forename", "residential address" and "surname" have the meanings respectively assigned thereto by section 158(10);

(ca) the expression "identity card" has the meaning assigned to it by section 158(10)(c);  (Added 75 of 1993 s. 18)

(d) references to a former forename or surname shall be construed in accordance with section 158(10)(f).

(5) Any oversea company which had, before the commencement* of the Companies (Amendment) Ordinance 1984 (6 of 1984), complied with the provisions of this section in force immediately before such commencement shall be deemed to be an oversea company complying with this section, and the Registrar shall enter the name of every such company in the register of oversea companies and certify under his hand that the company is a company registered under this Part; and for the purposes of this subsection and subsection (6), any oversea company which, before the commencement of that Ordinance, delivered to the Registrar for registration the documents and other information required to be so delivered under the provisions of this section in force immediately before such commencement shall be deemed to have complied with those provisions.

(6) Subject to subsection (5), this section shall apply to an oversea company which-

(a) at the commencement* of the Companies (Amendment) Ordinance 1984 (6 of 1984), has a place of business in Hong Kong established before such commencement; and

(b) had not complied with the provisions of this section in force immediately before such commencement,

as it applies to an oversea company referred to in subsection (1) with the substitution for "1 month of the establishment of the place of business" in that subsection of "3 months after the commencement of that Ordinance".

(Replaced 6 of 1984 s. 228)

[cf. 1948 c. 38 s. 407 U.K.]

Note:

* Commencement date: 31 August 1984.

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