Shareholder Agreements for Business Owners

Shareholder AgreementsIt is never too late to set up a shareholder agreement. Of course, in a perfect world this would be done at the start of the business. If you are a partner in a company partnership then a Partnership Agreement is just as applicable.

Successful businesses should put in place shareholder agreements to protect the shareholders’ equity in the company, to establish a fair relationship between the shareholders and to govern how the company is run.

To help avoid disruption and additional costs involved in resolving possible future issues, business owners should set aside the time as early as possible in their relationship to discuss and agree a shareholders’ agreement.

Some common ‘What ifs?’ that can happen in any business that can be at best highly disruptive and at worst fatal without a Shareholder Agreement in place.

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  • What happens if a shareholder dies?

  • What happens if a shareholder who is a director loses capacity?

  • What happens if a shareholder is made bankrupt?

  • What if a Director Shareholder wants to retire?

  • What if we want to issue more shares?

  • What if we want to take on investment or raise finance?

  • What happens if shareholders disagree?

  • What happens if the business is to be sold but a minority shareholder won’t sell?

  • How is the value of the company to be decided?

  • What happens if a director shareholder leaves and contacts my clients?

Do not wait until it all goes wrong. Let us help you put the rules in place that will help to avoid wasted time and potential damage – if you have any questions on shareholder issues, please contact us for an informal chat or to book an appointment.

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