Shareholders' Agreements

We understand the intricacies of corporate governance and the vital role that Shareholders' Agreements and Articles of Association play in shaping the foundation of a successful business and preventing shareholder disputes.

Our team of experienced solicitors is dedicated to providing comprehensive legal services tailored to meet your unique needs.

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Shareholders' Agreements

Customised drafting

A Shareholders' Agreement is a vital document that defines the rights and obligations of individuals or entities holding shares in a company. It serves as a blueprint for collaboration, addressing key aspects such as:

Ownership structure           

Clearly outlining the distribution of shares among stakeholders.

Decision-making processes     

Establishing mechanisms for major decisions and dispute resolution.

Roles and responsibilities    

Defining the roles and responsibilities of each shareholder.

Transfer of shares       

Establishing guidelines for the sale or transfer of shares.

Exit strategies               

Planning for various exit scenarios, including buy-sell provisions and exit mechanisms.

Our seasoned team work closely with you to draft Shareholders' Agreements that align with the specific requirements of your business. We ensure that the agreement reflects the interests and goals of all parties involved.

Dispute resolution

In the event of disputes among shareholders, our legal experts offer strategic guidance and work towards amicable resolutions. We prioritise minimising conflicts and preserving the integrity of your business relationships.

Exit strategies

We assist in crafting clear and effective exit strategies, outlining the terms and conditions under which shareholders may exit the company, including Good Leaver/Bad Leaver provisions, and compulsory transfers. This helps prevent complications and ensures a smooth transition.

Protection of minority shareholders

In respect of minority shareholders, our team can review documents proposed to ensure that they are adequately safeguard their rights and are not overly in favour of the majority, ensuring as far as possible that they are adequately protected and have a voice in critical decision-making processes.

Articles of Association

Tailored drafting

The Articles of Association form the constitution of a company, outlining its internal rules and regulations.

This crucial document addresses:

Corporate governance          

Defining the structure and powers of the board of directors.

Share capital                

Specifying the types of shares, their distribution, and related matters.

Voting rights                 

Detailing the voting rights and procedures for decision-making.

Dividends and profits            

Outlining the rules for the distribution of profits and payment of dividends.

Company meetings              

Establishing protocols for annual general meetings and extraordinary meetings.

Our team specialises in creating Articles of Association that reflect the unique structure and objectives of your company. We ensure that the articles align with legal requirements and industry best practices, and this will in turn protect the shareholders interests and avoid disputes.

Corporate compliance

Staying compliant with regulatory requirements is crucial. We guide you through the process, ensuring that your Articles of Association adhere to all relevant laws and regulations, minimising the risk of legal complications.

Amendments and updates

As your business evolves, so should your Articles of Association. We assist in making necessary amendments and updates to ensure that your company's governing documents remain current and effective.

Corporate governance advisory

Our solicitors provide ongoing advisory services, offering insights into best practices for corporate governance. We aim to empower your board and management with the knowledge needed to navigate complex legal landscapes.

Contact us

For further information how we can support you with Shareholders' Agreements, please submit an enquiry form or, alternatively, contact one of our team directly.

Liz Barton

Liz is a highly experienced lawyer advising companies and individuals on all aspects of corporate law, from advising on company constitutions and corporate governance matters, to group reorganisations and share and business disposals and acquisitions.

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Thomas Clark

Thomas is an experienced corporate lawyer who advises clients on matters including business sales and purchases, shareholder agreements and articles of association, reorganisations, preparation for sale, and employee incentives.

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