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What is a Shareholders’ Agreement?
A Shareholders’ Agreement is an agreement between the shareholders (members) of a company with the intention of helping the smooth running of a company and to prevent disputes between the shareholders about the management of the company. Shareholders’ Agreements will often seek to protect the shareholders’ interests in the company, establish and record an agreed relationship between the shareholders and record the shareholders’ intentions for the company.
There are usually a number of key provisions in the Shareholders’ Agreement which often include the following:-
- Sale of Shares
The Shareholders’ Agreement will regulate the sale of shares in the company, including provision as to how to value the shares and for preventing the shares being sold to undesirable third parties.
- Veto Rights
The Shareholders’ Agreement will often protect the minority shareholders (who hold less than 50% of the shares in the company), giving them more input in fundamental decisions.
- Protecting the Company
The shareholders will agree, if they sell their shares, to protect the company by not setting up rival businesses within a defined area for a period of time and by not poaching staff, customers or interfering with suppliers for a period of time. The shareholders usually also agree to abide by duties of confidentiality.
- The Business of the Company
The shareholders will agree the scope of the business that the company can carry on, determine the business plan and select the directors etc.
- The Financing of the Company
The shareholders will agree how the company is to be financed, including provisions on the control of the company’s bank accounts and the preparation of management accounts and reports for the shareholders.
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