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Online CBA: Can a Hong Kong Company Use the Same Name as in Hong Kong When Operating on the Mainland?

Q: Can a Hong Kong company use the same name as in Hong Kong when operating on the mainland?

A: According to the principle of enterprise name registration in China, this is possible under normal circumstances with the following exceptions:

1. The name of an enterprise may not contain any of the followings: 

    (1)  Contents or words that are detrimental to the state and public interest of society; 

    (2)  Contents or words that are likely to deceive or mislead the public;    

    (3)  Names of foreign countries (regions) or international organisations;

    (4)  Names of political parties, party, government or military organs, mass organisations, social organisations, or military designations of  armed force units; 

    (5)  Foreign languages, Chinese phonetic alphabets and Arabic numbers; and

    (6)  Other contents prohibited by law or administrative regulations.

2. The name of an enterprise should be written in standard Chinese;

3. The name of an enterprise may not contain the name of other legal persons unless otherwise provided for by the State Administration for Industry and Commerce;   

4. The name of an enterprise may not contain the name of another enterprise; and

5. Other contents in contravention of law and administrative regulations

(The HKTDC provides one-on-one China Business Advisory Service free of charge to assist companies in resolving problems encountered when doing business in China. For enquiries and appointments, please call (852) 1830 668 or register online.)

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