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From SMEs to family businesses, start-ups to entrepreneurs and investors, we work with businesses and individuals from all sectors to draft effective Shareholders Agreements.
Our approachable team will walk you through the significance and consequence of the potential issues that shareholders face and craft a tailored Shareholders Agreement to suit your business.
We will assist you in creating an agreement which clarifies how the business will be run, protects a shareholders’ interests in a company and avoids potential disputes.
Talk to our specialist solicitors about Shareholder Agreements. Call 0117 906 9400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Think of it as protection for the future. A shareholders’ agreement sets out the relationship between 2 or more shareholders in a private or unlisted public company, their share of the company, how the business will be run and what happens if difficulties arise.
Shareholders Agreements supplement the Articles of Association. They are governed by contract law and may be amended and ended by simple agreement.
Unlike the Articles of Association, the Shareholders Agreement is a private document and does not need to be registered with Companies House or made public.
The primary purpose of a Shareholders Agreement is to protect the shareholders’ investment in the company and to establish a fair relationship between them.
There may be situations where the standard voting rights in accordance with shareholdings are not appropriate. For example, a company may be reliant on the skills and knowledge of a minority shareholder or a minority shareholder may have lent money to the company.
A Shareholders’ Agreement provides a more equal distribution of power and protects minorities. It can also set out strategies to help resolve the issues that arise when:
A Shareholders Agreement sets out detailed and practical rules for the company and its shareholders and will deal with some or all of the following matters:
The purpose of the company
Matters requiring unanimous consent
Restrictions on competing
An understanding of the statutory provisions, the common law provisions and the company’s Articles are all required when drafting such an agreement, along with a clear understanding of the common issues that could arise within the company and the range of possible solutions that could be included.
Very few people go into business expecting things to go wrong. But sometimes personal circumstances may change or business partners fall out.
The absence of an agreement between shareholders can lead to costly disputes over what rights each person has and how the company is run, valued or funded. Failure to document arrangements properly can hamper growth and problems can arise if one party wants to exit the company or on the death of a shareholder.
A Shareholders Agreement provides clarity and peace of mind to all shareholders about what can and cannot be done and what happens when things go wrong.
Shareholders Agreements are unique to each business taking into consideration the number of shareholders and how the company is managed.
By seeking the advice of solicitors experienced in this area of law, you’ll receive expert advice on how a Shareholders Agreement can benefit you and your company and ensure that your agreement is drafted to the specific circumstances of your business, and your shareholders.
The cost of a Shareholders Agreement depends on how complex the agreement is and how much time it takes to reach an agreement. That’s why we offer the Shareholders Agreement Checklist so that you can start thinking about the decisions you will need to make.
To speak to a solicitor about Shareholder Agreements, please contact one of our team for a no obligation initial conversation. Call 0117 906 9400 or email email@example.com