Direct Register Shares from HSBC HK

Updated: Jul 23

HSBC HK does not direct register shares, so you need to transfer your shares to another broker that can DRS transfer.


HSBC HK charges a $150(US) fee for each Basic FOP Transfer. This means each time you want to transfer a specific stock (no matter how many shares) you are charged $150(US). You will need to make sure you have $150(US) settled in your account before you can transfer. A popular route has been through Interactive Brokers, (IBKR).


The quickest way is to open an Interactive Broker account, buy a share, and request a DRS transfer (link to guide here). While you wait for your Computershare account to be created, you can transfer your shares from HSBC HK to IBKR with a Basic FOP Transfer $150(US) fee, then from IBKR to Computershare via DRS transfer for a $5(US) fee.


How to Transfer:

Once your shares and $150(US) are settled in HSBC HK, you need to call HSBC HK to request the transfer, then go into a physical branch to submit some paperwork.

  • Call HSBC HK on (852)-2233-3000.

  • Ask to transfer out your shares.

  • The agent will take you through the steps.

  • You will then need to go to a physical branch to fill in some forms in order to submit the transfer request.

  • On the same day you need to submit a transfer request with IBKR.

  • Login in your IBKR account, and click on “Transfer & Pay” from the top menu and select “Transfer Positions”.

  • On the next page select “Incoming”.

  • On the next page select “All Other Regions” from the drop down menu.

  • On the next page select “Basic FOP Transfer".

  • Select HSBC HK on the drop down list.

  • For “Your Account Number at the Financial Institution“ put your HSBC HK account number.

  • For “Name of Account Holder at Financial Institution“ put your full name as defined on your HSBC HK account.

  • Select the Account type (most likely individual).

  • Select the country of the Financial Institution where you access HSBC HK from).

  • For the contact email put “transfers@HSBC.com.hk”.

  • You have to add the asset you want to transfer, click on “Add Asset".

  • On the next page search which stock you'd like to transfer (GME), click on “Search".

  • On the next page, click on the row “GAMESTOP CORP-CLASS A / NYSE".

  • On the next page, define how many shares you'd like to transfer and click on “Save and Finish".

  • On the next page you'll see a summary of the transfer.

  • Click on “Continue”.

  • Interactive Brokers will now know to expect your transfer.

The transfer should be processed within 3 business days. You will receive an email confirming that the transfer was successfully performed. 

After your shares reach IBKR:

Now you are able to request the DRS transfer from IBKR to Computershare. To do this you can follow our guide on how to DRS transfer from IBKR (link to guide here).

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