Dissolution of a Hong Kong Company – Requirements and Procedures

A Hong Kong limited company can be dissolved in the following two ways:

  1. Deregistration/Strike Off of a Hong Kong Company

A Limited company, which is defunct and solvent, wants to cease its business must officially apply to the Companies Registry to deregister it or strike it off from the Register of Companies. A company is still required to file Annual Returns to the Companies Registry before it is officially deregistered. A penalty will be imposed on the Company and/or the management for failure of submission of Annual Return.

In applying for deregistration, certain declarations should be made by the applicant. Any person who knowingly and recklessly gives information to the Companies Registrar that is false or misleading in a material particular is liable to a fine and to imprisonment. As the deregistration process is more technical and affecting company’s property. A company should seek professional advices before making an application.

  • Requirements for Deregistration

Limited companies incorporated in Hong Kong can apply for de-registration, provided that the company to be de-registered meets the following requirements:

  • all members of the company agree to the deregistration of the company;
  • the company has never commenced operation, or has already ceased business for more than 3 months;
  • the company will not start/resume business in the future;
  • the company has disposed of all trading stock, landed property and securities, if any;
  • the company has no outstanding liabilities which include Profits Tax, Property Tax, Stamp Duty, Business Registration fee, fines and penalties in connection thereof and court fees;
  • the company has no outstanding obligations under the Inland Revenue Ordinance. These include submission of return(s) which has (have) been issued by the Inland Revenue Department, liability to notify the Commissioner of Inland Revenue in writing that the company is chargeable to tax for any year of assessment in which a return has not been received;
  • there are no unanswered enquiries from the Inland Revenue Department;
  • there are no unsettled objections or appeals in respect of assessments already raised;
  • all the annual returns have been filed.


  • Persons capable of filing an Application
  • The Company
  • A director or shareholder of the Company


  • Deregistration Application Procedures
Step Description
(1) Hold a board meeting to pass a resolution to strike off the company;
(2) Apply in writing to IRD for a Notice of No Objection for Deregistration of a Defunct Company. It may take up to four weeks to receive the said Notice; Please be reminded that the said Notice will only be issued in the case that the company to be de-registered owes NO money to the Hong Kong Government and NO outstanding tax returns;
(3) Apply in writing to the Companies Registry for de-registration of the company. It may take well up to six months after the filing of application for the Companies Registry to de-register your company.

Read more about our Hong Kong company deregistration costs and procedures.

  1. Liquidation/Winding Up

Winging-up by the court

  • According to Section 177 of “Company Ordinance”, Limited Company can be ordered winding-up by the Court. The common reason for this type of winding-up is its inability to pay its debts.
  • If a company with a debt exceeding HK$5000 fails to pay it or make arrangement with creditor(s) which is accepted by them within three weeks of receiving their written demand, then it is deemed unable to pay its debts.

Voluntary winding-up

Members voluntary winding-up: The company is winding-up by the members. The company should able to pay-off its creditors when wound-up.

Creditors voluntary winding-up: When directors of the company do not believe that it will be able to pay-off the deb