Recognition of Membership
Members of The Hong Kong Chartered Governance Institute ("HKCGI" or "the Institute") have dual memberships of both The Chartered Governance Institute ("CGI") and the Institute. In addition, members also receive wide recognition from governmental departments, public organisations, statutory professional bodies, regulators as well as legal recognition of their professional status under the Hong Kong Companies Ordinance. Organisations that recognise members’ professional status include:
(*Note: Following the name change, the Institute is in the progress of updating the new name with relevant governmental departments, statutory professional bodies and regulators. Further updates will be provided in due course.)
1. Companies Registry
Members are recognised as a professional company secretary practicing in Hong Kong in accordance with the Companies (Forms) Regulations of Companies Registry.
Companies Registry defined that Professional Company Secretaries as follows:
a. The reference to “a professional company secretary practicing in Hong Kong” as set out in paragraph 3(2)(b)(vi) and 6(2)(b)(v) of the Regulations means a member of The Hong Kong Institute of Chartered Secretaries (“HKICS”) holding the professional designation of FCG*, FCS*, ACG*, ACS*
b. The reference to “a professional company secretary practicing in that place” contained in paragraphs 3(2)(a)(vi) and 6(2)(a)(vi) of the Regulations means a member of The Chartered Governance Institute (formerly the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators or ICSA) holding the professional designations of either FCG* or ACG*.
* FCG: Fellow of The Chartered Governance Institute
FCS: Fellow of HKICS
ACG: Associate of The Chartered Governance Institute
ACS: Associate of HKICS
A professional company secretary practicing in Hong Kong is recognised under the Companies Ordinance (Cap. 622) to certify documents (under section 775(2)(b)(vi)) and translations (under section 4(3)(e)).
Guidelines on Certification
2. Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited
Members are specifically considered by the Exchange as an acceptable qualification for discharging the functions of company secretary in Main Board Listing Rules 3.28 and Growth Enterprise Market (GEM) Listing Rules 5.14.
3. Hong Kong Bar Association
Members are entitled for the Direct Professional Access (DPA) to practicing barristers for legal advice. DPA allows HKICS members to brief and instruct practicing barristers directly without the intermediary of solicitors.
4. Official Receiver’s Office
Members are qualified to be appointed as a provisional trustee of the bankrupt and as a qualified professional to handle insolvency work under the Bankruptcy (Amendment) Ordinance.