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Shanghai Company Registration

Shanghai Company Registration

Established a company in Shanghai

No Real Office Needed
No Registered Capital Required
No Need to Visit China
Set-up in 30 working days

Welcome to Shanghai

Li ZhenYing  – Shanghai

Shanghai Business Environment

Business Environment Shanghai’s dramatic development comes from its diverse economic base. Major industry networks include communications, electronics and the information industry, biomedicine, auto manufacturing, petroleum, sophisticated chemical and steel manufacturing, complete-set equipment manufacturing, finance, insurance, real estate, household electrical appliances, etc. Shanghai is the largest consumer market among all mainland cities, supported by the rising income level and massive inflow of tourists. Also considered China’s largest financial center with over 1,430 financial institutions, including banks, insurance companies, and securities companies, of which 230 were foreign-invested

100% OWNED

Shanghai Company Registration


The registration of a China Company takes about 30 working days to complete. Its use can vary among many different operations in China. For most cases, the ideal way to register your Shanghai company is as a Limited-Liability type company called Wholly Foreign Owned Enterprise. Also abbreviated as WFOE, WOFE or foreign-invested enterprise (FIE). A WOFE is a commonly used investment vehicle for mainland China-based businesses.

Shanghai Wholly Foreign Owned Enterprise

Shanghai is a good choice for companies that are in computer software, IT, microelectronics and components, video and audio products, electro-mechanical integration, and key projects of light industry and energy. Meanwhile, newer industries such as pharmaceuticals, medical equipment, biotechnology are also on the rise in Shanghai

100% Ownership

Wholly Foreign Owned Enterprise may be capitalized by foreign investors and operated without the need for Chinese partners or employees. It will provide you with greater control over your business’s operations, revenue and profit targets. A WOFE is a favorable option for both individuals or overseas company that wants to enter the Chinese market. 


A Wholly Foreign Owned Enterprise can be incorporated to conduct general business activities in Shanghai. It gives foreign investor complete control of the day to day business and decision-making without any compulsory involvement from a Chinese partner.
It can engage in any business activities, issue invoices to clients, receive RMBs, convert profits into foreign currency, and repatriate them.
It is the most effective way of protecting trademark technical information, trade secrets intellectual property
It provides complete authority regarding the hiring of staff and does not require you to hire Chinese staff.
A Wholly Foreign Owned Enterprise requires either one director of foreign nationality or a holding company located in Hong Kong to act as an investor. 

What can a Shanghai Company be used for?

Shanghai is located on the western coast of the Pacific Ocean and at the central section of the north-south coastline of China. Facing the opportunities and challenges of the 21st century, Shanghai has set its long-term strategic objectives for social and economic development. By 2010, Shanghai is planned to become one of the international economic, financial and trade centers of the world.

Setting up a company in Shanghai is a good choice for companies that are in computer software, IT, microelectronics and components, video and audio products, electromechanical integration, and key projects of light industry and energy. Meanwhile, newer industries such as pharmaceuticals, medical equipment, biotechnology are also on the rise in Shanghai.

100% Owned by Foreign Investors

Protects Intellectual Property& Trademark

Consulting Company

Consulting Company

The Shanghai market is vast and is still in expansion. For that reason many companies rely on IT consulting firms to help them efficiently operate in the Chinese market.

Shanghai Enterprise Registration

Trading Import & Export

China is the world’s Factory and Import and Export is one the largest markets. Import goods to China to sell directly in the Chinese Market or Export products Worldwide. Corporation China will establish a trading company with a Import Export License in 30 working days.

Food & Beverage

The Food and Beverage (F&B) industry is growing rapidly in Shanghai. During the past decade the industry has grown at a rate of 30%. As a result of the increasing demand for new products and services, foreign entrepreneurs fell encouraged to enter the Shanghai market.

Wholly Foreign Owned Enterprise Registration

Manufacturing Factory

When manufacturing in China, the VAT system is equally applied to foreign and local companies working in the territory. Upon exporting, goods and services undergo the classification of being zero-rated. Therefore VAT become entitled for refund, saving huge amounts of capital.


Our Turnkey solution starts with first analyzing your business scope and operation and then strategizing the best legal and profitable path forward.

Business plan in China


Opening a China Bank Account is very easy. Corporation China is also the official agent for many international banks in China, we can sort out all the details and get the bank account open for you so you only have to travel to China once is already approved.

Business plan in China


Make sure you explore China by making use of all tools and resources available for your business. Take control over your businesses operations, revenue and profit targets with a team of experts to help you set it up.

Registered address


Why use a registered address? A Registered Address is a good way to register your Chinese Company as you do not need to rent an expensive office. Its is also legally required to have an address to register a company in China.

Setting up a Shanghai Company

When setting up a  company in Shangai, there are numerous things to consider and hence it is important to seek appropriate legal help. Corporation China has developed an unparalleled expertise in this area and can provide you with everything necessary to set up your consulting company.  Corporation China offers first-class solutions to all of the following requirements.

  • Corporation China is the Largest Foreign Direct investment firm in Asia Pacific.  [wikipedia]

Location: Shanghai

In China, prospective clients and business partners will often ask you where is your company located in China. Hence, a good location is an asset. At Corporation China, we offer excellent solutions for this through our Virtual Office System China Presence™ or our China Virtual Entity™ system.

  • With offices in 44 locations across China and 4  in Shanghai, our closest office is never far away.

Shanghai Bank Account

Due to existing restrictions on international money transfers in China, your mainland-based clients will only be able to pay you within China. Therefore, a bank account in which local companies can transfer you Chinese RMBs is necessary. 

  • Corporation China can Guaranteed a Bank Account for all our clients.


Contains everything you need to easily start your company, so that you can concentrate on DOING BUSINESS!

Tax Invoice

Chinese companies put a lot of trust in the government and the Chinese legal system. Hence, they are very likely to inquire whether your company is registered in China. This is a way for them to establish the legitimacy of your business and to ensure that you can provide them with a tax invoice locally referred to as a Fapiao.

China Trademark

The Chinese trademark registration system is based on a first come first serve basis. Hence, it is important to register your brand’s trademark and logo in China as early as possible. Having an international trademark is not helpful as foreign trademark are not enforced in China.


You should also consider localizing your marketing by using colors and slogans that appeal to Chinese consumers. Having a slogan in Chinese will also help Chinese customers get a better understanding of the strength and appeal of your brand. Above all, Corporation China in partnership with Brand Asia, offers proven solutions to help you tailor your marketing plan to the Chinese market.

 Tesla to build factory in Shanghai Free Trade Zone 100% Foreign Owned


+$6.5 billion Investment

Tesla has registered a new company in Shanghai’s Free-Trade Zone  in preparation for this new Giga factory manufacturing project.

  • The scope of the business Technical development, technical services, technical consultation, technology transfer in the field of electric vehicles and spare parts, batteries, energy storage equipment, photovoltaic products, wholesale and commission agency (excluding auctions) and import and export business of the above-mentioned similar products, And provide related supporting services, electric car display and product promotion
  • Tesla has been set up with 100 million yuan (~$15 million USD) working capital to start.
  • The Chinese government has recently announced a change for that rule, which would now allow Tesla to own 100% of an electric car factory in the country.

Whats Needed To Start Your Business In China

Whats Needed To START

1. Do your homework.
find out more about the market and if your services or products will do well in China
[ contact a company like Brand Asia that can help you with market research ]

2. Pick a location
Shanghai, Beijing, and Guangzhou are the major business and industrial centers. The type of business may require you set up in one of these cities. Shanghai counts for one-third of China’s GDP and also easy to find staff that speak good English

3. Choose a Chinese Company Structure

Before registering you need to decide what type of business entity to register. The most common for foreign Investment are Wholly Foreign Owned Enterprises (WOFE), Representative Offices (RO) and Joint Ventures

4. Develop a business plan.
A detailed business plan is crucial because once the government approves it, you will be able to operate only within the business scope, but that can also be changed if needed

Business Plan

5. Organize the necessary documents.
The documents you’ll need to register for a Company will vary from place to place but mostly is just a few passport and company information.

6. Trademark your intellectual property.
Intellectual property violations can be an issue for foreign investors in China.
Trademark is a first to serve the system and is a simple process

8. Open a Bank Account
Once your company is established, you will need to open a bank account and also apply for a tax invoice ( Fapioa) machine

9. Hire staff (if required)
Hiring staff in China might seem complex ,our Yingke HR Division can help

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  • A scan of your passport
  • A Personal Bank Reference Letter
  • Choose a name for the your China WFOE
  • Choose a location for the company in China

  • Notarized copy of Passport of Director and Company Registration Certificate
  • Hong Kong Company Registration Certificate
  • Hong Kong Company Bank Reference Letter
  • The Hong Kong Company will then be the Holding Company for the WFOE We can set up a Hong Kong Company in about 5 days

  • A Passport Scan of the Director(s)
  • A Certificate of Company incorporation
  • A Company Bank Reference Letter – stating no bad record
  • All Documents need to be notarized by the Chinese Embassy.

Bank Account

Opening a China Bank Account

Opening a China Bank Account is a post-licensing service. Corporation China has the knowledge to assist your company during the Bank Account Opening Process. We can Guarantee the China Bank account as we have a partnership with most of the top banks in China. The bank you chose is at your discretion but most of our clients have chosen Bank of China or HSBC. You may contact us for more information about opening a Bank Account and the required documentation must be provided to the Bank during the Process. 


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How much will I need to start ?

Basically the starting fees and Government License fees, Let us know what you intend setting up and we can send you a detailed proposal.

How Fast will the set up take?

Most companies in China quote 3-9 months, BUT Corporation China can normally set it up in under 6 weeks (and we know what the next question will be)

Why can Corporation China set up the Company so quickly?

Its a Chinese word called ” Guanxi. we have been doing this for more than 15 years, have 6000 lawyers and are know as one the top law firms in the world.

What is Registered Capital?

Registered capital is the amount of injected capital that is invested by shareholders in a foreign investment enterprise that is registered in China as is a Tax-Free way to bring capital into China. This registered capital can we used to set up the company and operate it until it starts to make a profit.

How much is the Registered Capital?

NO REGISTERED CAPITAL NEEDED With Corporation China (and only with us) we can arrange a Registered Capital that does not need to be paid up, this means you can choose any Registered Capital, but you never have to inject it, unless you want to.

What is the best structure to use?

The fastest way is setting up a Hong Kong company, as all the documents are already in Chinese and Hong Kong is also a Tax Free zone so all profit can be sent from your China Company to its Holding Hong Kong company, saving of taxes. You can download our WHY HONG KONG PDF 

How to choose a Chinese company name ?

Corporation China can assist your company with that, it can be a “sounds like the English name” ( as in the case of Mcdonalds where it goes by the Chinese name of 麦当劳 Màidāngláo) or a good meaning Chinese company name , but at the end of the day most companies still use their English name for marketing and logos.

Do I need to go to China to get started?

No, we can set 90% up by email at first. You will need to come to open the bank account once the company is near complete, if you are the Legal representative of the company and also to sign some papers at the government office.

Can Corporation China povide a Virtule type office and China Telephone number ?

Yes, we have 44 offices in China, and we can provide you with a Virtual Address to put on your business card and a telephone number answered in your company name  More info

If I contact Corporation China, can you understand me?

At Corporation China we privileged to have staff from all over the world working for us, here are a few the languages we speak: English, Italian, Finnish, Dutch, French, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Russian, Afrikaans, Japanese, Shanghainese, Cantonese and of course Mandarin and some Chinglish (Chinese English).

If I contact Corporation China, can you understand me?

At Corporation China we privileged to have staff from all over the world working for us, here are a few the languages we speak: English, Italian, Finnish, Dutch, French, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Russian, Afrikaans, Japanese, Shanghainese, Cantonese and of course Mandarin and some Chinglish (Chinese English).

Why use Corporation China?

The main reason is not that we the largest, it is that understand your needs as many of our directors are also Foreigner’s that came to China to start a business as you intend to. Yingke began with one office in Beijing and had grown to what it is today. We take that knowledge on how to succeed and use that to help you.

Where are your offices located?

Corporation China has 44 branches in China including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Xiamen, Hong Kong and overseas branch offices in London, Singapore, Switzerland, Lisbon, Cape Town, Dubai and Miami USA See our Contact us

Where are your offices located?

Corporation China has 44 branches in China including  Beijing , Shanghai , Guangzhou , Shenzhen , Xiamen , Hong Kong and overseas branch offices in London , Singapore , Switzerland ,Lisbon, Cape Town ,Dubai and Miami USA See our Contact us

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Our experience with Corporation China was first rate.

“Our experience with Corporation China was first rate. The personal attention to our issues and the prompt action in every instance was inspiring. As newcomers to the Greater China market, we were guided with expertise around every challenge. I would not hesitate to recommend Marco Pearman-Parish and his staff to any company or institution looking to work in the PRC.

Sean McLain – CEO/Managing Director

Corporation China did an amazing job to make Taylor Swift’s brand a successful in China

“Taylor Swift launched her Fashion Brand in China. Corporation China established their Hong Kong and China WOFE that was the foundation for Taylor Swift’s Brand in China. Corporation China also did the branding , trademarks and opened and designed their JD and Tmall online stores.

Kate Liegey – CEO/Managing Director

Stem Marketing is now one of the leading marketing firm in China

“In 2014 Stem Marketing contacted Corporation China to set up a consulting company in Shanghai to provide marketing and market research services.

Fast forward to 2016, Stem Marketing is now one of the leading marketing firm choices for foreign brands in China.

Brian Zhang – Managing Director

Many Companies have Successfully entered the Chinese market thought their partnership with us

Corporation China offers companies coming to China a turnkey solution that allows for a quick start. We provide everything you need to conduct business in China, from incorporating your company, registering your trademarks, setting up a virtual office, fine-tuning your marketing plan

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