Hong Kong

Hong Kong: Commencement of New Inspection Regime – Phase 1

On 16 August 2021, Hong Kong’s Companies Registry published external circular no.1/2021 regarding the commencement of a new inspection regime of the Companies Register (“New Inspection Regime”) commencing on 23 August 2021.

From 23 August 2021, companies may withhold from public inspection the usual residential addresses of directors and full identification numbers (“IDNs”) of directors and company secretaries as contained in the registers of directors and registers of company secretaries kept by the companies.  In such cases, companies are to make available for public inspection on their own registers correspondence addresses of directors and partial IDNs of directors and company secretaries.

According to Phase 1 of the New Inspection Regime, a Hong Kong company, in addition to providing the usual residential addresses of directors, must also provide the particulars of the correspondence address of the directors into the registers of directors, and the addresses must not be a post office box number.

Details relating to the transitional arrangements can be found at https://www.cr.gov.hk/en/publications/docs/ec1-2021-e.pdf

Source: Companies Registry, Hong Kong SAR

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