Hong Kong & China

Court records

There is no comprehensive database of court judgments; judges may choose to submit judgments or not and also decide when to submit; China records are even more spotty.

  • Official site of HK judiciaryincomplete but searchable database of court cases; searches can be done by case number and keywords
  • Lexis China Online: a subscription-based database, has China and Hong Kong litigation records.
  • Westlaw China: also subscription-based, translates court documents into English. Like Lexis, the database is searchable by case number, parties names and keywords.
  • Chinalawinfo.com : free database of court judgements, but cases are limited.
  • D-law: relatively new database of Hong Kong litigation, includes schedules of hearings, more comprehensive than other databases but still not complete; links to company registration database and to judgments; has database on distraint cases (i.e. those filed against delinquent tenants) and others. 
  • For civil cases: writs of summons (say who sues whom and why), mostly available for inspection and copying at the HK Supreme Court

    Land & property records

    Hong Kong Land Registry: searches can be done online for a fee or at the registry itself at at High Block, Queensway Government Offices. Records list present and past owners, transactions (sale of property and price); mortgage details (bank name, amount)

    Hong Kong Town Planning Board: posts applications to build or demolish new structures or to change land use; applications for land use change available for inspection and comment online and offline; Town Planning Board meetings – minutes ad audio recordings – available usually in about three weeks after the meeting; building and development plans also available

    Company records

    Hong Kong 

    Integrated Companies Registry Information System (ICRIS): for-pay database kept by the Hong Kong Internal Revenue Department allows searches by company or director name. Annual returns list board members, their addresses and passport or ID numbers. Searches can be done in English or Chinese. 

    Hong Kong Exchange: posts interim & annual reports of listed companies as well as required disclosures (e.g. acquisition of more than 15% of shares of a company, change of senior executives)

    www.webb-site.com: independent website that keeps track of HK company disclosures. Free listings and databases here. 

    China

    State Administration for Industry and Commerce: lists registered companies (Chinese website only), but the registry is incomplete; contains links to other branches of SAIC around the country. 

    Stock exchanges in Shanghai and Shenzhen provide information on listed companies; annual reports and other filings available on the Chinese-language version of the exchanges’ sites. 


    (Thanks to Chan Pui-king for the information provided here.)

     


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