Qualifications and Legal Requirements of Shareholder

Qualifications and legal requirements of shareholder of company incorporation, and required documents for business registration in mainland China.

Shareholders, known as the owners of Chinese companies, or investors. Through share subscription and holding, enjoy the company’s major decision-making power and the appointment of relevant key personnel, and ultimately enjoy the distribution of the company’s profits, of course, also need to bear the debts and related legal liabilities of the company’s operations.

Shareholder(s) of a Chinese company can be individual(s) or existed corporation(s) with no nationality restrictions.

Qualification of Shareholder

Individual shareholders

16 years old at least. Need to verify the authenticity of the shareholder identity. A Chinese individual shareholder need to verify the original ID card of citizen. A foreign individual shareholder need to verify the passport of notarization and authentication issued from the Chinese embassy in foreign country.

Corporate shareholders

Any legal existed companies can be the shareholders of incorporation of a China company. A Chinese corporate shareholder need to verify the original business license (approved certificate of business registration) to the local registry authority. A foreign company to be the shareholder, need to verify the documents of notarization and authentication issued from the Chinese embassy in foreign country (foreign certificate of incorporation, includes the register number, business address, and the list of director).

Brief List of the Legal Requirements of Shareholder

Key Structure of the Company:Requirements and Documents:Remarks:
Foreign Corporate ShareholderNotarization and authentication documents for the certificate of registration of foreign parent company issued by the Chinese embassy. Learn more: Embassy Notarization Authentication Documents2 sets, bilingual
Foreign Individual ShareholderNotarization and authentication documents for the passport issued by the Chinese embassy. 16 years old at least.2 sets, bilingual
Chinese Corporate ShareholderNeed to verify the original business license (approved certificate of business registration) to the local registry authority.none
Chinese Individual Shareholder16 years old at least. Need to verify the original ID card of citizennone
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