If you’re setting up a business or buying into an existing business, we recommend having a shareholders’ agreement. In some joint ventures, a shareholders’ agreement will also be advisable.
Whether you’re starting your first business or have vast experience in corporate deals, our corporate team offers a partner-led service that can clarify shareholders’ roles and responsibilities and avoid future conflicts.
Helping you avoid false economies
Many start-ups are tempted to delay a shareholders’ agreement until a day when time or resources are less tight.
However, failure to have the right deadlock mechanisms in place or to anticipate future dispute scenarios can stall the growth of the business, or even jeopardise its future operations.
Issues to incorporate in the agreement
In helping you draw up a cost-effective, pragmatic but solid shareholders’ agreement, we can advise you on issues such as:
- roles and responsibilities of shareholders
- mechanisms for dealing with breaches
- deadlock provisions
- provisions for shareholders departing the company or selling shares
- your articles of association.
With these in place, we can help to safeguard the wellbeing of the business and its shareholders, whatever scenarios unroll in future.
We understand SMEs
All our corporate team have extensive experience of dealing with companies in different sectors and of varying sizes, and are aware of the pressures that affect start-ups and other SMEs. We bring commercial awareness to all our work, and provide solutions that are appropriate to each client.
We also offer fee structures that are fair, transparent and cost-effective, offering clients the opportunity to avoid future financial uncertainties by getting the right solutions now.