Shareholder Agreements

Shareholder Agreements

A shareholder agreement is a legal document traditionally drafted upon the formation of a new business, protecting the individual investments of the shareholders of a company and outlining how that company is to be managed.

The majority of new businesses are set up between family and friends, and whilst it can be difficult to consider the possibility that in the future a business partner may fail to meet their obligations or experience conflict amongst one another, it is important to prepare. A shareholders agreement allows for contractual remedies to any potential future disputes and provides security for all involved parties.

Whether you are starting a business with friends or those of likeminded commercial objectives and talents, a shareholders agreement establishes a fair relationship; and will cover some of the following items;

  • How the company will be managed
  • How important decisions will be made
  • How the sale of shares are to be conducted
  • The rights of any minority shareholders
  • Shareholders rights, powers and obligations

Every shareholders agreement will be unique depending on company requirements and so it is essential to employ a team of experienced corporate Solicitors that draft a document based on the assessment of your business needs, to support and protect shareholders now and in the future.

For more information on how we can assist with protecting you and your business, please contact us at

In the formation of a new business it is important to ensure that all of your interests as shareholders are protected, and your responsibilities and rights clearly outlined from the offset.

We can assist with some of the following areas involved in shareholder agreements;

  • Drafting of new shareholder agreements
  • Revising existing shareholder agreements
  • Dealing with shareholder protection, both majority and minority shareholders
  • Reviewing and advising on equity arrangements
  • Shareholder restrictions
  • The sale of shares

For more information on how we can assist please contact us at

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Benefits of a shareholder agreement
Benefits of a shareholder agreement

A shareholder agreement is an important legal document that outlines the arrangement between shareholders, and establishes a fair relationship between all parties to facilitate the successful running of a business. Whilst it is not a specific legal requirement to have one in place, some of the benefits of a shareholders agreement are as follows; Dispute resolution In the event that the shareholders of the company find themselves in a dispute which cannot be resolved easily, the shareholders agreement outlines dispute procedures to follow for successful resolution. The use of a shareholder agreement in this regard outlines the positions of minority and majority shareholders in disput...

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John Bryant
John Bryant

John is a partner in the firm’s corporate and commercial department. He specialises in acquisitions and IT based joint ventures. He also deals with: group reorganisations and restructurings; advising on all legal issues relating to private limited companies, including director’s duties and shareholder agreements; share buy-backs; and start-ups.

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