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At Stephen M.S Lai & Co CPA Ltd, we practice auditing, accounting, tax law issues, company law issues, company formation in Hong Kong, China and overseas. We also assist in the area of bank opening services arrangements, Hong Kong visa, Hong Kong and China Intelligent Property issues, as well as the application for special business licenses. Our priority is to completely satisfy your business needs. Your success is our Satisfaction.

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Hong Kong Company Setup Time

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Initial Application Stage

Client fills up the company application form online.

Jan 01, 2017

Company Registration Stage

After the application form is received. We will issue an invoice and engagement letter to the client. Client pays the invoice which can pay by either cash if clients visit our office or wire transfer or western union or moneygram or paypal if clients proceed remotely. Client sends the proof of paid record, and signed engagement letter to us. Application process will be proceeded according to the Law. Our systems have direct links to Companies Registry of Hong Kong. It takes one day. Clients will receive full set of formation documents via emails including certificate of incorporation and M & A.

Jan 02, 2017

HSBC or other Banks in Hong Kong Accounts Appointment Stage

Once client has made an order and paid on either 1st or 2nd of January of 2017, client can book a flight and come to Hong Kong immediately. If client comes to Hong Kong on 3rd January 2017, we will make a bank appointment arrangement on 3rd January 2017, most likely in the afternoon. We will prepare all documents for client, as according to the checklist of HSBC or other banks in Hong Kong. At this stage. The client only needs to bring passport and address proof. The appointment takes around 30 minutes. After the meeting, client can leave Hong Kong immediately.

Jan 03, 2017

HSBC or Other Banks in Hong Kong Bank Account Processing Stage

After all the documents are received by the bank managers of HSBC or of other Hong Kong Banks, client bank accounts will be processed very swiftly. It takes around one to two weeks. If successful, client will receive a token, a pin and a bank account number. In some cases clients get accounts number within hours within the same day (The exact time do depends upon the nationality of the client, adequacy of requested documents and the type of business being performed)

Jan 04, 2017

Advantages Of Company Setup in Hong Kong

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Advantages Of Company Setup in Hong Kong
1. Hong Kong economy system is open and market oriented with a little government intervention. Investors can choose what businesses they do. In fact, from global statistics records, Hong Kong is number one in economy freedom.
2. The capital flows of money between Hong Kong and other countries are freedom,  and without controls or restrictions. All currencies such as US$, GBP, Japanese yen, etc are remitted freely between Hong Kong and other countries.
3. Offshore business activities are 100% tax free. The Hong Kong tax law has confirmed that only local businesses are subject to profits tax, overseas businesses registered in Hong Kong are offshore businesses and so are not subject to Hong Kong profits tax. For example, if the international businessman engages in international trading in such a way that he buys goods from China and sells to UK or USA. If both buying and selling activities are not happening in Hong Kong, then the profits from that trading business are regarded as offshore profits, and are not subject to Hong Kong profits tax.
4. Low tax rate. Even if the business is done in Hong Kong, the tax rate is only 16.5% of net profits. The tax rate is very low, with no other tax systems such as VAT, business tax, capital gains tax, etc.
5. Formation requirement is very simple. An overseas person can be appointed as the shareholder and director of a Hong Kong company, they only need to find local professional firms to provide appointment of secretary and provide registered office address.
6. No capital investment is required. The shareholder is only required to sign up the M & A to declare that he will contribute capital to the company, and will not be required to pay money to the company.
7. Free use of company name. In other countries, some names are not freely used such as Holding, Group, International ...., etc. However, in Hong Kong, the name is freely used, provided that they are not registered in Hong Kong.
8. It is easy to open an offshore bank account with using a Hong Kong company, the investor is required to provide his proof of address, copy of passport, Hong Kong company formation documents and a general description of his business. An international banker will accept the above documents and open an offshore bank account with multi-currencies and internet banking facilities included within a couple of days, or even in some cases the same day.
9. Legal system is using common law and equity that applied in UK and other Commonwealth countries.
10. The common form of Hong Kong company is private limited company. It is private in nature and limited in liability for shareholders.
11. Corporate structuring is allowable. An overseas company can be appointed as corporate shareholder and director of Hong Kong company. For example, a BVI company can be appointed as a director and shareholder of Hong Kong company.
12. Trust law is applicable in Hong Kong. If the investor, for his personal reasons, wants his status to be hidden, he can do so with a trust arrangement that the trustee holds the shares for him (as a trustee) and the beneficiary who holds the trust deed which proves him as the real owner of the shares. The trust law is applicable in Hong Kong. Remember trust documents or such laws are not enforceable, ineffective, invalid or void in other countries such as China.

Why Stephen M.S.Lai & Co CPA Limited

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We are an international based CPA firm in Hong Kong, and have experience in offshore field (including offshore incorporation, offshore bank account processes, as well as international tax issues) of over a decade. In 2012, the Hong Kong Government enacted an Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing (Financial Institutions) Ordinance which restricts the opening of a bank account in Hong Kong by distance and MOST IMPORTANTLY makes it difficult to open a bank account in Hong Kong. Many clients from other countries come to Hong Kong and go to the banks, and many of them GET REJECTED (9 out of 10 clients will get rejected). There are in fact a couple of reasons why. The main reason being, that they chose the professional firms with less experience, and with little help. Basically, when clients go to the bank, the bank manager will go through the database and check, then go through the Question and Answer process (called Q & A) with the clients (which takes approximately 30 minutes). This is the Q & A process which will determine the success or failure of opening a bank account for clients in Hong Kong. It is why many clients get rejected. They failed to follow the Q & A process. The Q & A's are the key questions which mainly come from Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing (Financial Institutions) Ordinance. It is why many professional firms cannot open a Bank account for clients. They have no legal training. They are unable to advise them on how to handle the Q & A process. It is why clients get rejected from the bank, and come to us.
With us, after the formation is done, we will arrange clients to our company FIRST to have Q & A training under a Guarantee Scheme, which are 99% similar to the banks Q & A process required by Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing (Financial Institutions) Ordinance. After OUR Q & A, clients will go to the bank and process BANK Q & A, then they can open bank accounts easily and quickly. Some clients even get the bank accounts within hours, some within days.

Mr. Stephen Lai
FCCA (A fellow member of the Association of Chartered Certificate Accountants)
HKICPA (A practising member of Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants)
MBA (Master of Business Administration from Heriot-Watt University, UK)
PDA (Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration from Heriot-Watt University,UK)
PCA (Postgraduate Certificate in Business Administration from Heriot-Watt University,UK)
LLB (Undergraduate of Law Degree from Nottingham Trent University, UK)

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Qualified Intermediary (QI) was a representative license issued by HSBC that the license holder could represent for HSBC behalf to deal with and make approval to bank account application direct."

QI was issued to Stephen Lai Office in 2009.HSBC

HSBC regarded Stephen M.S Lai as Valuable Business Partner in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 and metals were issued to Stephen M.S. Lai office."

Stephen M.S Lai was selected as Valuable Business Partner in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012HSBC

Heng Seng Bank regarded Stephen M.S Lai as Valuable Business Partner in 2010, 2011 and 2012 and metals were issued to Stephen M.S. Lai office."

Stephen M.S Lai was selected as Valuable Business Partner in 2010, 2011 and 2012Hang Seng Bank

Mr. Zaxxi say, “I had used online formation service previously and registered one BVI company, but I cannot open my bank account. The service provider is not helpful. Their after-sales service is bad. Stephen is a good guy. He can open a bank account for me at Standard Chartered.” "The latest comments from my client (XXX March 2010)"

Mr. Zaxxi2010

Dear Stephen, I want to thank you and your staff for establishing GeXXXki Limited, for answering all!! my questions in such a professional way, and for assisting with the HSBC account opening. Thank you Stephen for your great performance. My best to you, Ivonxx Estxxxda GeXXXXki Limited"

Ivonxx Estxxxda2011

Hello Vicky and all great people at your esteemed Company! All was well received, thank you for great top level service. Truly World-Class. We loved Hong Kong before and now we love it even much more. We look forward to working with your Company for many years to come. Alexx Udexx, VALUEXXXXXGHT COMPANY LIMITED"

Alexx Udexx2012

Date: 12/19/14 From: Mr. DXXiel ZbXXXen Dear Mr. Lai, SolutXXXXXcs, Ltd. Once again thank you for your valuable guidance in securing a bank account of our choice. We will send you a referral later when times permit. Yours sincerely, DaXXl ZXXXen"

DaXXl ZXXXen2014

16-1-2015 Dear Mr Lai FYI Comment from clients It was pleasure working with Mr.Lai and his associates . I am happy that I got my bank account done with in no time following Mr.lai’s expert advice with submission of supporting documents got debit and internet banking also at same time . I have no words to thank mr.lai and his associates …THANK YOU VERY MUCH Cheers, MXXXesh PaXXl EvXXXn ReXXXXXing and Trading LTD."

MXXXesh PaXXl2015

Sep 6 (1 day ago) 2017 From: BerXXXrd <berXXXard@fastmail.com> Hi Stephen, Jennifer, HSBC account successfully opened. Thanks for all your help, much appreciated, you guys are the best!"


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