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For many, registering a company in China seems like an impossibility. An impossible language barrier, confusing & ever-changing regulations, and uncertainty block even the slightest consideration for incorporating your company in China. 



However, after a clear look at the processes and requirements of company registration, it may not be as difficult (or expensive) as many of us may believe. 
Here is a quick guide on company registration in The People's Republic of China and all the documentation required. 




  1. Select Industry
Before registering a company, you will have to select the industry which matches best with your business operations. This will also influence the business scope of your company. The ones which are the most common nowadays to register are:
Technology Co. Ltd
Network Technology Co. Ltd
Culutral Innovation Co. Ltd
Trading
Etc.

At  Shanghai Jianmo we will work with you to clarify which industry best fits your project / business and will help you get the maximum benefits & support necessary to scale the company.
 

  1. Business Office Address
An address is mandatory to register your company. During the process of registration, you will need to provide a rent contract (minimum length of one year) where you will register your company. Most office buildings will provide a rent contract to register your company. Sometimes a deposit may be necessary to pay to get this contract or possibly the entire cost of the rental contract. 



Be careful, when choosing the address and before signing your rental contract, that you make sure that this office is eligible to register an address on it. Some addresses cannot provide this or may not be eligible for certain licenses. 



Shanghai Jianmo can provide  a virtual address for you to register your company in China.
 
 
 
For many, registering a company in China seems like an impossibility. An impossible language barrier, confusing & ever-changing regulations, and uncertainty block even the slightest consideration for incorporating your company in China. 



However, after a clear look at the processes and requirements of company registration, it may not be as difficult (or expensive) as many of us may believe. 



Here is a quick guide on company registration in The People's Republic of China and all the documentation required. 



1.) Select Industry



Before registering a company, you will have to select the industry which matches best with your business operations. This will also influence the business scope of your company. The ones which are the most common nowadays to register are:



Technology Co. Ltd
Network Technology Co. Ltd
Cultural Innovation Co. Ltd
Trading
Etc.



At Shanghai Jianmo we will work with you to clarify which industry be your project / business and will help you get the maximum benefits & support necessary to scale the company. 
 
2.) Business Office Address


An address is mandatory to register your company. During the process of registration, you will need to provide a rent contract (minimum length of one year) where you will register your company. Most office buildings will provide a rent contract to register your company. Sometimes a deposit may be necessary to pay to get this contract or possibly the entire cost of the rental contract. 


Be careful, when choosing the address and before signing your rental contract, that you make sure that this office is eligible to register an address on it. Some addresses cannot provide this or may not be eligible for certain licenses. 


Shanghai Jianmo can provide you a virtual address to register your company in China. It will not have to change from time to time and save a lot  of time and trouble. 
 
3.) Registered Name of Your Company


 
Your official company name must be structured according to your city, chosen name,  your industry, and then company classification. 



Name of city - Given Name - Industry -
Type of Company



For Example: 
Shanghai YourBusiness Information Technology Co. Ltd
Name of the company MUST be in Chinese. 



Finding a good name which hasn't been used before by any other company can be quite a daunting task, especially when trying to choose a name which matches your business and your branding. Therefore, when starting the process to register a company we strongly recommend to complete this step AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. 



Shanghai Jianmo will help you to confirm if the name that you choose is available or not to register. And we will not charge any cost to do the name checking.
 
4.) Articles of Association


Articles of Association is the “shareholder’s internal law” of your company. This document will include:

Company Name & Address
Registered Capital
Legal Representative
Supervisor
Business Scope
Shareholder's Name(s)
Budget, Accounting, Etc. 
Investment Type, Amount & Timing



Articles of Association should be in Chinese. Local government will provide some templates. 



5.) Business Scope
 
 
Depending on the industry that you have selected, you will have the possibility to choose the business scope of your company. Your business scope will include what your company is legally allowed to do.



If you operate a business which is not included within your business scope you'll more than likely face a variety of issues. Your business scope will also permit you to open “Fapiao”(invoice) regarding this business operation so your clients can claim their expenses properly. 


Shanghai Jianmo will first ask about the products and advise you how to write your Business Scope if necessary. 
 
6.) Shareholder Structure
 
 
This includes your Board Members Nomination, Supervisor Nomination, Legal Representative Nomination, etc. 



Your company will have to nominate a few key people. To start, you will have to create your shareholder’s structure. 
 
Who is the owner of the Company? 
It could be an individual or another company.
Can have as many shareholders as necessary.
% of the ownership for each needs to be decided. 



You will also have to decide on the board members of your company. You will need at least THREE people. There is no restriction to whom you can set as a board member, although many companies often choose their shareholders. Alternatively, you could decide to not have a board and nominate only a Board Executive Chairman, once again with no restriction as to who you appoint. 



Your company Supervisor also needs to be nominated. You need at least one supervisor or a supervisory board (at least 3).  Supervisors cannot be members of the board referenced above. 



Your legal representative will be the one who represents and signs contracts on behalf of the company. 



To open a company, you will need a minimum of TWO people. An individual can be the Legal Representative, Board Executive, and the only shareholder, however, it cannot be the supervisor of the company at the same time.
 
7.) Registered Capital
 
 
Companies are no longer required to engage an accounting firm to verify mandatory capital contribution and register the paid-in capital. Additionally, a minimum registered capital for establishing an enterprise in China is also no longer required. 



A registered capital, however, is still necessary to set and will be seen as a “liability” for the shareholders in case of bankruptcy. Shareholders themselves can decide when and how (cash or not) the capital will be paid-in. There is no time limitation on when you can decide to put the capital into the company. 



For strategic reasons, using a higher registered capital can attract more potential clients and partners. Therefore, an extremely low level of registered capital is not recommended. At Shanghai Jianmo, companies we have registered stick with an average of RMB 100,000 for their registered capital.



In the case of closing the company, with no outstanding debt on it, this capital would not be required to be paid into the company. 
 
8.) Passport/Business License
 
 
You will have to provide your passport, Chinese ID, and/or business license of companies which are either shareholders, board members, supervisor and/or legal representative of the company. 



If your shareholder is a foreign company, an authentication process is required. 



Some local governments may require a face to face authentication when applying for a new company. Therefore, shareholders may have to, at least once, go physically to the Industrial and Commercial Bureau, the bureau which manages company registration.
 
9.) Business License Application & Company Seal


 
Today, while Chinese businesses can apply almost entirely online, Wholly Foreign Owned Enterprises are still required to fill out a formal application. 



Your company seal can be obtained after receiving your business license.
 
10.) Business License Record (Online Registration)


 
After registering your company and getting your business license, you still need to register it. People often forget to do this step and may undergo problems when applying to open bank accounts or other licenses, such as an Import & Export license. 




However, the process could be difficult for some doing it for the first time or not speaking the language. Today, most business owners will work with third-parties company to deal with all company registration processes.


We strongly recommend everyone we work with to compare services and pricing before choosing a third-party to help you through the registration process.