Institute for China Studies

Expanding In China: Setting Up A Branch Office

E-Learning | Certificate Course


Branch Offices are considered as a popular investment vehicle for fast expansion of their business operations throughout China, since it provides a formal representation, in combination with comparable low incorporation requirements easy maintenance. In this course you will develop a deep understanding of the main characteristics of the types of branch offices are introduced, followed by an explanatory of the establishment process including indicative timeline and documentation requirements.

You will develop insights in the conditions and considerations related to the formulation of the business scope of both the China-based parent company and the branch offices, as well as considerations regarding subscribed capital requirements of the parent company. Further attention goes out to the considerations of localization of the branch office.

Regarding operational management of the organization, you will learn about the roles and responsibilities representatives at both the parent company and the branch office fulfil, management of the company seals and the accounting and tax setup of the different types of branch offices. From a commercial perspective you will develop insights in the roles the types of branch offices are allowed to fulfil in the process of conclusion of commercial contracts.

How we deliver value

Experienced Professionals

Actionable Knowledge

Official Data Sources

Tailormade Literature

Our programs and courses are designed and taught in close partnership with experienced foreign and China-based industry professionals.

New gained knowledge and insights from our programs, courses and business-oriented publications are directly applicable in business.

Data from official sources is utilized to provide a detailed and accurate view of the latest developments in China’s business environment.

To reflect the latest business developments in China, our programs and courses include tailormade literature and reading materials.


Upon successful completion of the course, you will earn a digital certificate of completion from the Institute of China Studies.

Note: After successful completion of the online program, your verified digital certificate will be emailed to you in the name you used when registering for the program. All certificate images are for illustrative purposes only and may be subject to change at the discretion of the Institute of China Studies.

“Branch Offices are the most commonly used investment vehicles to realize fast expansion of enterprises and business operations throughout Mainland China. The different types of Branch Offices offer flexibility to the investor while securing a permanent representation”
Dr. Van Ostende
Founder, Institute for China Studies

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