Location: Asia

Hong Kong office

Hong Kong overview

Equiom Hong Kong

Equiom established its presence in Hong Kong after the acquisition of AFP Group, a leading trust and corporate services provider in 2015. It continues to grow following several further acquisitions including Equation HK Limited, Heritage Trust Group and most recently Solid Hong Kong in 2017.

These acquisitions have enabled Equiom to increase the number of services offered and provide a gateway for clients into mainland China and South East Asia.

The Hong Kong team speaks a range of languages including English, Mandarin, Cantonese, French, German, Spanish, Turkish, Tagalog and Thai.

Why choose Hong Kong? 

  • Major trading and financial centre, strategically located
  • No foreign ownership restrictions
  • English common law is prevalent
  • Hong Kong Dollar is pegged to US Dollar
  • No tax on dividend income and capital gains
  • Profits tax rate at 8.25% on assessable profits up to $2M and 16.5% on anything greater than $2M
  • Robust infrastructures and business facilities
Equiom Corporate Services (Hong Kong) Limited is a Trust or Company Service Provider licencee regulated by the Companies Registry. Licence number: TC001100
Equiom Fiduciary Services (Hong Kong) Limited is a Trust or Company Service Provider licencee regulated by the Companies Registry. Licence number: TC002538

Awards

  • Citywealth - International Financial Centre Awards
    • Asia Trust Company of the Year - 2019
    • Hong Kong & Singapore Trust Company of the Year - 2017
    • Runner up: Hong Kong Trust Company of the Year - 2016
  • ACQ5 Awards
    • Full Service Company Formation Services Provider of the Year - 2018
    • Trust Company of the Year - 2018

Hong Kong Services

Whether you are looking to set up a business or expand your operations in Asia, our Hong Kong team can assist with the range of considerations, including set-up, licenses and tax planning, in addition to legal and regulatory requirements.

  • Wealth Structuring Solutions | Accounting Services

    The lifeblood of any well-run organisation

    Equiom Hong Kong's expert accounting team provide a range of management, statutory and tax accounting services, helping our clients to make informed decisions, maximise profit and ensure full tax compliance.

    Our Hong Kong accounting services include:

    • Management reporting services with 'snap' profitability reporting and credit control alerts
    • Maintenance and submission of statutory accounting records
    • Transaction processing services (including foreign currency)
    • Budget, forecasting, credit control and trend analysis including KPIs
    • Online bookkeeping and payroll services for smaller businesses and contractors
    • Internal audit compliance services and application of accounting standards
    • Accounting advice and query handling  
  • Corporate Services | Payroll & People Services

    Equiom Hong Kong’s payroll bureau relieves the pressure associated with the increasingly complex technical requirements of running a payroll and ensures your payroll and mandatory social/pension contribution requirements are compliant, accurate and paid on time.

    We also calculate net pay, tax, pensions (MPF) and other deductions, while taking into account changing legislation.

    A valid visa or work permit may be required for all non-residents to live in or carry out business in a jurisdiction. With various types and classes of visas and work permits, it is essential that you submit the correct application. Equiom Hong Kong’s team of multilingual experts can assist with applications for permanent residency or work permits for company staff or individuals. By understanding your personal goals and intentions, we can ensure that you are supported every step of the way during and beyond your application process.

    Our Hong Kong people and payroll services include:

    • Confidential payroll administration – monthly salary, bonus calculations and issue of payslips
    • Social insurance (health, pension – MPF, labour) enrolments and cancellations
    • Preparation and submission of employer’s return tax form
    • Annual withholding tax and social insurance reporting
    • Visa (work, dependent, investor, China) and immigration applications support
    • PR applications support
  • Corporate Services | Structure Set Up & Support Services

    Our corporate insight gives you valuable foresight

    For clients thinking of setting up a new business or restructuring an existing company, Equiom Hong Kong simplifies the process by providing an appropriate solution and structure for that company. 
    Equiom has been providing its market-leading company services for over 40 years, helping clients to meet their personal and business needs, while protecting their ownership and controlling interests every step of the way.

    We offer the following structure set up & support services in Hong Kong:

    • Company incorporation and registration in Hong Kong and multiple jurisdictions (e.g. BVI, Cayman Islands, PRC, Seychelles, Singapore, UAE and others)
    • Formation of limited partnerships in jurisdictions like BVI or Cayman Islands
    • Corporate administration of special purpose vehicles (e.g. SPVs for PE or RE funds)
    • Key personnel, including company directors, nominee shareholders and company secretarial services
    • Provision of registered office and correspondence address
    • Provision of dedicated phone lines and co-working space
    • Drafting of articles of incorporation in English, Traditional and Simplified Chinese
    • Notarisation of articles of incorporation
    • Registration of non-Hong Kong companies, branches and representative offices
    • De-registrations and liquidations
    • Corporate restructuring
    • Bank account opening
    • Escrow services (e.g. M&A, real estate transactions)
    • Know your customer (KYC) compliance services
    • Hold mail services
  • Tax

    There’s no problem too complex for our tax experts

    We guide, support and build effective structures that work in harmony with efficient tax strategies.  

    Working closely with our client relationship teams and clients’ professional advisors, we support our clients’ tax advisory requirements drawing on our substantial experience and knowledge in a variety of areas. 

    Our experienced team in Hong Kong have developed a range of tax services appropriate to our client's requirements.

    Our Hong Kong tax services include:

    Ensuring tax compliance as required by the Hong Kong government:

    • Profits tax return (PTR)
    • Employer's return (ER)
    • Salaries tax return

    Providing tax advice, obtaining advance tax rulings and / or representing taxpayers in tax investigations, with respect to amongst others:

    • Offshore tax claim
    • FATCA & CRS
  • Wealth Structuring | Trustee & Fiduciary Services

    Trust is something that is earned

    Over the years, we have earned an enviable reputation as leading professional trustees, dedicated to maintaining our clients’ prosperity. We aim to give you more control over your assets today, and more confidence about your holdings tomorrow – helping ensure that your family, employees, or favoured charities are well looked after for years to come.

    Our fiduciary specialists in Hong Kong identify the most appropriate structures to protect and enhance your private wealth or corporate assets.

    We guide you through the complexities of local laws and regulations to find the right solution for you, arranging the initial establishment of a trust or foundation and administering it carefully to maximise the benefits. We ensure its legal and tax status is maintained and provide regular accounting and financial reporting.

    Our Hong Kong fiduciary services include:

    • Establishment and administration of trusts and foundations, which can hold a variety of financial and non-financial assets
    • Arranging trustee appointments in Guernsey, Isle of Man, Jersey, Monaco, Singapore, South Dakota and UAE
    • Estate and succession planning
    • Estate administration
    • Independent trustee and advisory
    • Dedicated accounting and financial reporting
    • The establishment and maintenance of banking relationships
    • Establishment of family office structures and other jurisdictions such as Singapore and UAE

    We can also assist with:

    • Reserved powers trusts 
    • Discretionary trusts 
    • Fixed interest trusts 
    • Stand by trusts (e.g. US domestic “pour-over” trusts)
    • Private trust companies
    • Pre-IPO trusts
    • Employee benefits / shares trusts (e.g. ESOP)
    • Charitable trusts
    • Purpose trusts
    • Will trusts
    • Executor services
    • Estate administration services
    • Excluded property trusts (e.g. non-domiciles living in the UK)
    • Foreign grantor trusts or FGTs (e.g. non-US settlor benefiting US person)
    • Intentional defective grantor trusts (“IDGT”)
    • Granny trusts

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