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China Company Registration Conditions (FIEs)

Updated:2018-7-3 15:47:50    Source:www.tannet-group.comViews:410

China company registration is a good choice for foreign investors. It is an ideal investment destination considering the government support, preferential policy, abundant resources and various talents. Tannet can assist you in the process of setting up your in China and accessing this exciting market. Before proceeding, it is recommended to learn about the relevant conditions on China company registration.

1. Shareholders
The shareholders of a wholly foreign-owned company can be a foreign enterprise or a foreign resident. Shareholders of sino-foreign joint ventures have different requirements for Chinese shareholders that shareholders cannot be a Chinese resident and must be Chinese companies.

When a foreign company is registered, it should submit and verify the identity certificate of the shareholder. Foreign enterprises should submit notarized valid business licenses, and foreign individuals should submit notarized passports.

2. Directors
When a foreign company is established, a board of directors may be established or not. If the board of directors is not established, an executive director shall be established. A foreign company’s director or executive director may employ mainland residents or appoint foreign individuals. When a foreign company is registered, the director shall submit identity document, and no notarized file is required.

3. Legal representative
A foreign capital enterprise shall have a legal representative who may or may not be a shareholder. The legal representative of a foreign-capital enterprise or a sino-foreign joint venture may be a Chinese or a foreigner. When a foreign company is registered, the identity certificate of the company’s legal representative should be submitted.

4. Supervisors
If there is a board of supervisors, there should be at least three supervisors. If there is no board of supervisors, a supervisor can be set up, which can be a foreign individual or a mainland Chinese resident. When registering a foreign company, the identification of the supervisor shall be submitted, and no notarization certification is required.

5. Registered capital
Since 2014, the ministry of commerce canceled the initial contribution rate, capital contribution ratio and capital injection time limit for foreign investment (including Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao investment). The amount of capital contribution, means of contribution and term of investment should be agreed upon by the company's investors (shareholders and sponsors) and should be clearly stated in the contract of joint venture and the articles of association of the company. The competent commercial departments at all levels shall make clear the above-mentioned contents in the approval.

6. Business scope
When a foreign-funded company is registered, the scope of business must be clearly defined and the scope of its business shall not exceed the scope of its business. The scope of business operation is within 100 words, including the punctuation.

The registration of Chinese foreign-funded companies need to be approved by related authorities concerned. For instance, the approval of the ministry of commerce will be required for some industries, such as mining, retail and other industries that have some restrictions to foreign investment.

7. Register address
The registered address of the company must be the office address of the business. It shall provide the lease agreement, the copy of the property certificate and the lease invoice.

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