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Advice for Startups

Fintech and other startup businesses are powerful engines, driving economic and job growth in Hong Kong and overseas.

OLN appreciates that every Founder Entrepreneur will face difficult challenges when starting a business. Typically, that Founder Entrepreneur will turn to fellow entrepreneurs, mentors, former colleagues, incubators and friends for initial advice and assistance. That may be in respect of writing a business plan, formulating a budget, determining a corporate structure, raising money or filing documents with the Companies Registry. Whatever it is, starting a business in Hong Kong is never as straight forward and easy as it may appear.

OLN appreciates that timely practical legal advice is critical in the formative stages of any startup business, not least because “getting it wrong” could negatively impact not only on growth and financing opportunities and could also adversely affect the Founder Entrepreneur’s own equity and value in that startup business.

OLN has been actively involved with startups in Hong Kong for many years and so we fully understand that every Founder Entrepreneur wants his or her own “In House Counsel”, pragmatic lawyers who are immediately and regularly accessible and who can answer day to day questions and provide clear and strategic advice.
OLN is available to provide these services and indeed already does so for many of its clients.

The early stages of most startups will require the Founder Entrepreneur to have in place the following documents:

  • a confidentiality and non-disclosure agreement;
  • a subscription and shareholders’ agreement;
  • an intellectual property assignment agreement;
  • a standard employment contract;
  • a tax checklist; and
  • a checklist of regulatory restrictions.

OLN will assist with all the above aspects and documents, tailor-made to the individual requirements of the relevant Founder Entrepreneur.

OLN can provide all the necessary resources to enable every startup to commence business with the benefit of proper advice, analysis and risk management.

OLN can also assist startups with trying to obtain funding and in making all applications for relevant Hong Kong government loans.



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