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Clarification on disclosure of company names

In our April newsletter we discussed the – subsidiary legislation under the new Hong Kong Companies Ordinance which came into effect on 3 March 2014. Section 3(1) of the Regulation provides that a company must display its registered name at its registered office and every business venue. Section 4 provides that a company must state its registered name in the company's communication documents and transaction instruments and on any website of the company. On 24 July 2014, the Companies Registry issued a circular to clarify requirements relating to the disclosure of company names. Under the Companies Ordinance, a company may be registered by an English name only, a Chinese name only or both an English name and a Chinese name (bilingual names). In respect of companies registered by bilingual names, the Companies Registry considers that it is sufficient for the company to display or state either the English name or the Chinese name or both. The circular confirms that the Companies Registry will enforce the provisions accordingly.

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