Company formation, Administration & Transactional Services

Guiding clients in the formation and administration of companies, trusts, foundations and partnerships across major jurisdictions. We provide a wide range of administration, director and secretarial services for your operational and transactional needs.

Yet to decide on the best jurisdiction to form your company in?

Our Comparison between BVI, Cayman Islands, Hong Kong, Isle of Man, Jersey, Luxembourg & Singapore companies (PDF) can help you compare the key statutory and regulatory requirements.

Our solutions include:

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  • Company Secretarial

    Company Secretarial

    Hawksford is licensed to act as company secretary across our international offices.

    Our company secretariats and administrators can assist clients with the following:

    • Assisting clients with understanding and compliance with local regulations
    • Ensuring compliance with statutory deadlines and procedures
    • Maintaining the statutory registers
    • Ensuring that the company files statutory information accurately and on time, including the filing of special resolutions
    • Safekeeping, updating, and maintaining registers, minutes book, and other statutory records of the company
    • Providing shareholders and directors with notice of meetings
    • Ensuring that people entitled to do so can inspect company records
    • Custody and use of the company seal
    • Submission of the annual tax return
    • Maintenance of statutory records
    • Preparation and filing of annual returns
    • Advice and implementation of changes to company structure, as required
    • Company dissolution and windup
    • In Hong Kong specifically we can provide company secretarial services for listed companies

    Clients will normally ask us to provide the on-going administration and secretarial services where we have managed the company formation process.

    Service availability

    Hawksford currently offer this service in the following jurisdictions:

    • CHINA 
    • HONG KONG
    • JAPAN
    • JERSEY
    • SINGAPORE
    • UNITED KINGDOM

    *It maybe possible for Hawksford to provide this service in other jurisdictions. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

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  • Board Support & Administration

    Board Support & Administration

    We can provide the following onshore and offshore corporate administration solutions:

    • Incorporation of companies – across multiple jurisdictions, such as (but not limited to):
      • Asia: Hong Kong and Singapore
      • Caribbean: British Virgin Islands and Cayman Islands
      • Europe Union: Jersey, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Cyprus, Malta and United Kingdom
      • UAE: Jebel Ali and Ras Al Khaimah
    • Consultancy and advisory – on areas such as initial public offerings (IPOs) and corporate structuring*
    • Provision of experienced professional corporate directors/trustees
    • Company secretarial and registered agent
    • Bookkeeping and financial reporting
    • Corporate succession planning*
    • Fund administration services*
    • Provision of registered office address for the company
    • Provision of resident local director
    • Drafting of shareholder agreements

    Specialist areas*

    We have been providing corporate solutions to business clients for many years and as a result have gained insights and expertise in a wide range of specialist areas.

    Jurisdictions

    ­­­­­­Most of these services are available from the following jurisdictions, however, those marked with * above are exclusively available from Jersey:

    • CHINA 
    • HONG KONG
    • JAPAN
    • JERSEY
    • SINGAPORE
    • UNITED KINGDOM
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  • Company Administration

    Company Administration

    Hawksford offers dedicated company administration services, which includes:

    • Provision of registered office address for the company
    • Provision of resident local director
    • Drafting of shareholder agreements
    • Maintenance of statutory records
    • Preparation and filing of annual returns
    • Advice and implementation of changes to company structure, as required
    • Company dissolution and windup

    Jurisdictions

    ­­­­­­These services are available from the following jurisdictions:

    • CHINA 
    • HONG KONG
    • JAPAN
    • JERSEY
    • SINGAPORE
    • UNITED KINGDOM

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  • Company Formation

    Company Formation

    Hawksford is able to assist with the incorporation of companies in most jurisdictions.

    Services include:

    • Administration services
    • Director services
    • Company secretarial services
    • Registered office services (only available to clients using another Hawksford service)
    • Registered agent services
    • Registrar services

    Our clients range from multinational and institutionally-owned businesses to start-up and medium-sized enterprises. We work with businesses at every size and stage of development.

    Supporting new business growth in Singapore

    We are proud to be a leading provider of company formation and administration services for small to medium-sized private limited companies in Singapore.

    To support new businesses in Singapore, we offer ready-made company formation packages designed exclusively to meet the needs of Foreign Entrepreneurs, Foreign Companies and Singapore Residents.

    View Company Formation Packages

    We also created GuideMeSingapore.com to support offer businesses great advice. It has more than 1,000 online resources, including guides, articles, country comparisons and market and industry updates to help business navigate some of the complexities of getting started. 

    Jurisdictions

    These services are available from the following jurisdictions:

    • CHINA 
    • HONG KONG
    • JAPAN
    • JERSEY
    • SINGAPORE
    • UNITED KINGDOM
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  • Provision of Company Directors

    Provision of Company Directors

    Behind every successful company sits a strong board of directors and a team of administrators who are knowledgeable and experienced in the regulation of the region in which the company operates.

    Our directors are highly qualified, experienced and, above all, trusted professionals in the eyes of our clients and client advisers.

    We provide director services from our international offices in Jersey, Hong Kong and Singapore, which includes:

    • Attendance at regular board meetings in person or by video conference call as required
    • Proactive and responsive dialogue with the client, and other advisers and directors on a regular basis and tailored to your preferences
    • Oversight of company administration in accordance with local legal requirements and the constitution of the company, including where constitutions are bespoke to specific client requirements, and other company secretarial requirements
    • Timely assistance with and review of document execution to allow for the efficient operation of the company
    • Access to our directors network of established and international network of legal, tax and accountancy professionals
    • From Singapore and Hong Kong we can provide nominee director services held by a resident local director where required, as well as substantive directorship for limited liability companies where an Independent Non-Executive Director (INED) appointment is needed to fulfil the board quorum requirement

    Jurisdictions

    These services are available from the following jurisdictions:

    • CHINA 
    • HONG KONG
    • JAPAN
    • JERSEY
    • SINGAPORE
    • UNITED KINGDOM
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  • Trademark, Intellectual Property & Image Rights

    Trademark, Intellectual Property & Image Rights

    When you have worked hard to build a valuable business, you’ll want to do what you can to safeguard what is yours.

    We assist startup businesses with trademarking of their company name, slogan or logo.

    Our services include:

    • Conducting a trademark search
    • Completing the trademark application
    • Filing the trademark application
    • Liaising with relevant regulatory authority to answer questions as they arise during application processing

    Jurisdictions

    These services are available from the following jurisdictions:

    • HONG KONG
    • SINGAPORE
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  • Immigration

    Immigration

    When bringing your business and family to another country, understanding the various immigration regulatory requirements can be overwhelming.

    We help entrepreneurs and foreign firms to navigate Hong Kong or Singapore immigration regulations when they want to explore immigration for themselves, their families or their staff.

    Our expertise about the service

    Unlike other visa processing companies, we take time to review each case beforehand to guide you appropriately through the application process. An objective and realistic assessment of your immigration options, which includes providing advice on the suitability of different visa types for your professional background, will be done before we engage with you.

    Who will find this service useful?

    • Entrepreneurs who want to set up their business in Hong Kong or Singapore
    • Human Resources (HR) staff seeking to outsource work passes application for their business
    • Individuals who want to apply for Hong Kong or Singapore permanent residence
    • Individuals who want to apply for dependent passes for their spouse, parent or children

    Complementary services we offer

    • Incorporation of legal entities
    • Application of business licenses

    Jurisdictions

    These services are available from the following jurisdictions:

    • HONG KONG
    • SINGAPORE
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  • Payroll Administration

    Payroll Administration

    We make paying your employees simple. When you outsource payroll services to Hawksford, some of your administrative burden is lifted.

    We offer:

    • Cloud services – 24/7 access anytime, anywhere on browser or mobile app
    • Employee salary and statutory deductions calculation
    • Payment arrangements to employees and statutory authorities
    • Expense reimbursement arrangements
    • Employee benefits computation
    • Determination of final payment upon termination of an employee
    • Preparation of year-end tax forms for employees

    In addition, we also offer highly competitive fixed-quote services from Singapore:

    • Central Provident Fund (CPF) and Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) e-submission files automatically generated
    • Preparation of personal tax returns for filing with IRAS

    Jurisdictions

    These services are available from the following jurisdictions:

    • CHINA 
    • HONG KONG
    • JAPAN
    • SINGAPORE
    • UNITED KINGDOM
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  • Corporate & Personal Tax Filing

    Corporate & Personal Tax Filing

    Our accounting services and solutions are flexible – they can be scaled up during periods of peak activity, and then scaled down when they are no longer required. Let our skilled team provide you with timely service and relevant advice.

    We offer a broad range of solutions that can be customised to the unique needs of an individual or business. In essence, you leave the day-to-day accounting and tax worries to us so that you can focus on your business.

    If you are looking to outsource your accounting and tax filling, we have solutions for:

    • Tax optimisation strategy advice and implementation
    • Corporate taxes planning and filing
    • Personal taxes planning and filing
    • Tax efficient employee remuneration strategies
    • Tax optimized business exit strategies

    Moving to Singapore?

    We can help you understand the GST process, supporting you by:

    • Explaining how Singapore GST works
    • Giving advice on the pros and cons of GST registration for your business
    • Completing the GST registration forms and formalities
    • Preparing and filing your quarterly GST returns

    Jurisdictions

    These services are available from the following jurisdictions:

    • CHINA 
    • HONG KONG
    • JAPAN
    • SINGAPORE
    • UNITED KINGDOM
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  • Company & Trust Administration

    Company & Trust Administration

    The ways in which Hawksford establish trusts can be used in the commercial context are extensive, however, Jersey trusts are often used for the following commercial purposes:

    • As a Unit Trust for the collective investment of capital
    • In off-balance sheet transactions, the share capital of an 'orphan' Special Purpose Vehicle will typically be held by a Trustee under the terms of a Charitable Trust
    • In an inter-creditor agreement, the rights of one creditor group may be subordinated to the rights of other creditors and regulated under the terms of a subordination trust forming part of the overall security package
    • Asset securitisation schemes have been structured to provide for mortgages and receivables to be held pursuant to the terms of a trust
    • Employee share options and executive incentive schemes (as well as regular pension schemes) will benefit from being established in a politically stable, fiscally neutral jurisdiction

    Jurisdictions

    These services are available from the following jurisdictions:

    • JERSEY
    • SINGAPORE
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  • Business Licenses for Hong Kong & Singapore

    Business Licenses for Hong Kong & Singapore

    Hawksford can provide you consultancy services to assist you with obtaining the necessary licenses and permits for your business.

    We have staff who are familiar and experienced with the nuances of various industries in Hong Kong and Singapore and have assisted numerous companies in applying for their required business licenses.

    Our business license services consist of:

    • Research and information on applicable licenses
    • Assistance with filing of application for relevant license(s)
    • Responding to requests for additional information from the government
    • We can assist with obtaining business permits and licenses in some industries in particular education, financial advisory services, recruitment and the travel industry, to name just a few

    Who would find this service helpful?

    • Entrepreneurs
    • Business owners looking to expand their business services

    Jurisdictions

    These services are available from the following jurisdictions:

    • HONG KONG
    • SINGAPORE
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  • Temporary Outsourcing Administration

    Temporary Outsourcing Administration

    Nowadays, businesses of all sizes recognise the benefits involved in outsourcing.

    Key benefits:

    • Outsourcing helps budgeting, by converting fixed costs into variable costs
    • Easier way to undertake ad-hoc projects. For a SME, finding the staff and resources required to take a project to successful conclusion is often a hurdle. Hawksford has exceptional people and the resources you need
    • Reduces your exposure to risk. By outsourcing, be it financial conditions, technology, markets, etc., you pass some of this risk to Hawksford
    • Provides flexibility and expertise. Outsourcing to Hawksford provides access to a wide breadth of skills and experience - as a one-off, or as part of a long-term business support relationship
    • Introduces best practice. A strong emphasis on customer satisfaction and service provision means that you are likely to see a notable increase in productivity, quality and performance metrics
    • Allows you to specialise on what you do best and not be distracted by internal issues

    Jurisdictions

    These services are available from the following jurisdictions:

    • CHINA
    • JAPAN
    • HONG KONG
    • SINGAPORE
    • UNITED KINGDOM
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  • Temporary CFO

    Temporary CFO

    Appointing Hawksford to act as a Temporary CFO for your business provides all the capabilities of an accounting department at a fraction of the cost of an in-house solution.

    Key benefits:

    • Better understanding of company financials that gives you less surprises and more control
    • Improved decision-making capabilities
    • Improved quality and timeliness of financial information
    • High-quality budget preparation and monitoring
    • Professional advice on business decisions and business plans
    • Profitability analysis by service or product line
    • Tax saving strategies
    • Trend analysis
    • Cash management
    • Assistance in obtaining financing from banks, including assistance with negotiations
    • Mergers and acquisitions assistance
    • Development of company accounting procedure manuals

    Jurisdictions

    These services are available from the following jurisdictions:

    • CHINA
    • JAPAN
    • HONG KONG
    • SINGAPORE
    • UNITED KINGDOM
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Exceptional people

Here are some of our specialists that you can talk to about our corporate services.

Daniel Hainsworth

Head of Corporate Services, EMEA

Jersey
Stefano Passarello

Managing Director, Corporate Services - North East Asia

Hong Kong
Dario Acconci

Managing Director, Corporate Services - South East Asia

Singapore
Steven Landes

Managing Director, Corporate Services - UK

London
Peter Zhu

Managing Director, Corporate Services - China

Shanghai
Salvatore di Chiara

Business Development - Italy

Italy
Judith Padros

Business Development - Spain

Spain
Giacomo Stoppa

Chief Operating Officer, Corporate Services - North East Asia

Hong Kong
Jacqueline Low

Chief Operating Officer, Corporate Services - South East Asia

Singapore
Marta Giordano

Director, Corporate Services

Singapore
Danny Curran

Business Development Director - UK, Europe & Asia

London

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