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Do I need a licence or registration?

There are many factors which determine whether your business will need a licence or registration in Hong Kong. 

You will need a licence if you are not an authorised financial institution and registration if you are an authorised financial institution involved in the following.

 

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Do I need a licence or registration?

Licence

  • If you carry on a business in a regulated activity or hold out as carrying on a business in a regulated activity;
  • actively market, whether by yourself or another person on your behalf and whether in Hong Kong or from a place outside Hong Kong, to the public any services that you provide, which constitute a regulated activity if provided in Hong Kong; and
  • are an individual performing a regulated function for your principal which is a licensed corporation in relation to a regulated activity carried on as a business or you hold out as performing such function.

Your business will require a licence.

Registration

  • If you carry on a business of regulated activity or hold out as carrying on a business in a regulated activity; and
  • actively market, whether by yourself or another person on your behalf and whether in Hong Kong or from a place outside Hong Kong, to the public any services that you provide, which would constitute a regulated activity if provided in Hong Kong.

Your business will require registration.