Articles of Association for Companies in Hong Kong

Articles of Association for Companies in Hong Kong

In the intricate web of corporate governance, the Articles of Association stand as a foundational document for Hong Kong companies. These meticulously crafted blueprints delve into the core of a company's internal mechanisms, addressing crucial aspects such as shareholder rights, directors' powers, and meeting procedures.

Requirements for Articles of Association

Let’s start exploring the essential content and clauses that should grace the pages of these documents:

  • Shareholder Rights: Clearly define the rights and responsibilities of shareholders, including voting rights, dividend entitlements, and mechanisms for transferring shares.
  • Directors' Powers: Specify the powers and limitations of directors, including their authority to make decisions, appoint executives, and borrow funds.
  • Board Meetings and Procedures: Outline the rules for convening board meetings, decision-making processes, and the frequency of meetings.
  • Shareholders' Meetings: Describe the procedures for annual general meetings (AGMs), extraordinary general meetings (EGMs), and the voting rights of shareholders.
  • Alteration of Articles: Include provisions for amending the Articles of Association. Changes may necessitate a special resolution passed by shareholders. 

Hong Kong companies can either adopt the standard "Model Articles" provided by the Companies Registry or craft custom Articles tailored to their specific needs.


The Articles of Association play a pivotal role in defining the internal framework and operations of a company in Hong Kong. Crafting a well-structured and comprehensive document is imperative for establishing a clear governance structure and preventing potential disputes among shareholders and directors.

Consult our specialist in company law to ensure compliance with relevant regulations and the unique needs of your business.

Back to blog