Company Registration in China

We expertly handle the legal and structural details, from incorporation to tax considerations, ensuring a seamless setup for your entity in China.

With our experience with company registration in China we are well equipped to support foreign investors with their China entry strategy. Our corporate establishment services range from advice on the appropriate company structure and business model, drafting and submitting of company incorporation documents, as well as operationalization of the entity after establishment of a Chinese subsidiary. 

To alleviate any administrative burden and ensure a Chinese entity is fully ready for operations we support our clients with bank account opening, tax registrations and applications for additional licenses, such as a customs license or an F&B license, after legal incorporation of a Chinese subsidiary. 

China Company Registration 
and Support Services


We assist foreign investors in setting up a wholly foreign-owned enterprise (WFOE) in China, enabling independent business operations without a local partner.

Joint Venture

We assist foreign companies in forming joint venture partnerships with Chinese entities, managing the setup process and ownership/control arrangements.

Representative Office

We help foreign companies establish a temporary Representative Office in China for non-revenue generating activities.

Branch Office

We help foreign companies in setting up a branch office in China to conduct direct business operations and generate revenue.

Bank Account Opening

We assist foreign companies in completing the end-to-end process to open a fully operational corporate bank account in China.

Business Licenses

We assist foreign companies in obtaining the required business license to legally operate in China.

Choose a Structure for your Business in China

1. Wholly foreign-owned enterprise (WFOE)

The most common and preferred investment vehicle for foreign investors seeking to incorporate an entity in China is the Wholly Foreign-Owned Entity (WFOE, or also referred to as WOFE). Establishing a WFOE in China occurs exclusively a foreign investor’s capital, hence the denomination “wholly foreign-owned”.

Since setting up a WFOE offers foreign investors the greatest ability to retain control over the company’s operations, strategy and human resources, it is the ideal investment vehicle for most companies seeking to enter the Chinese market. We have supported numerous foreign investors to establish their WFOE in China to engage in consulting, trading and manufacturing activities among others and due to our vast experience are well placed to provide advice regarding all aspects of the incorporation of a WFOE. For more information about setting up a WFOE in China, please request our free WFOE white paper.

2. Joint Venture

Although a Joint Venture is similar to a WFOE, since a Joint Venture can also engage in a variety of commercial activities such as consulting, trading and manufacturing activities, it is more complex to manage due to the involvement of multiple shareholders with a variety of interests. Furthermore, when setting up a Joint Venture in China additionally a shareholder agreement must be prepared and this constitutional document defines the rights, responsibilities and limitations of the shareholders.

The Joint Venture structure may be best suitable to foreign investors whom wish to engage in areas of business which are either directly or indirectly restricted or prohibited by Chinese regulations, or Joint Ventures can suit the need for investors whom intend to leverage the local knowledge and network of their Chinese counterparty. To learn more about establishing a Joint Venture in China, please request our free Joint Venture white paper.

3. Representative Office

A Representative Office, or RO, is not a separate legal entity but an extension of the headquarter abroad and therefore can be considered a “liaison office”. Foreign investors may consider establishing a Representative Office in China in order to engage in market research and marketing activities in support of its headquarter, where a Representative Office cannot engage in commercial activities.

4. Branch Office

Branch offices are for foreign investors with existing Chinese subsidiaries who wish to increase their foothold in China and expand the company’s presence to other locations throughout China. It should be noted that a Branch Office is the only fully compliant way for foreign-invested companies in China to hire staff in a city outside of the domicile of its main entity. Establishing a branch office in China is also a cost-effective method to expand the company’s presence throughout China as compared to establishing additional subsidiaries, since branch offices are subject to fewer administrative and compliance requirements.

Add-on Services

Bank Account Opening

Including RMB Basic- and RMB General accounts, Capital Bank accounts, Foreign Denominated Currency accounts and bank accounts for receipt of company loans.

Tax Registration

Tax registration with national and local tax authorities.

Tax Payer Status

Taxpayer status registration, including General VAT Taxpayer- and Small-scale Taxpayer statuses.

VAT Invoice (Fapiao)

VAT invoice “Fapiao” Registration in order for a Chinese entity to issue official Chinese invoices.

Social Security

Company registration for Social Security and the Housing Provident Fund.