Shareholder agreements are vital for the smooth running and organisation of a company. At Nath Solicitors in London, we work with SMEs, large corporations, and multinationals to draft robust shareholders’ agreements that protect the interests of all parties involved.

Why do you need a shareholders’ agreement? The advantages

There is no legal obligation to put a shareholders’ agreement in place. However, doing so not only ensures your organisation will have a vehicle to resolve disputes and set out voting rights, but it will also communicate to investors that your organisation is well-managed.

A clear, concise shareholders’ agreement can set out:

  • the voting rights of minority shareholders
  • a procedure for resolving disputes between shareholders and director/shareholder disputes
  • the company’s dividend policy
  • the circumstances in which a shareholder may transfer shares
  • how involved shareholders can be in decision-making; for example, is their vote required to appoint or remove directors?
  • the permitted level of borrowing
  • the form of future funding
  • drag along or tag along rights
  • the right of a company to buy-back shares
  • restrictive covenants (as they apply to the directors)

This list contains only a small number of clauses a shareholders’ agreement can contain. Our commercial solicitors will partner with you, working to understand the complexities and goals of your organisation. We will then draft a bespoke shareholders’ agreement that fits with your ambitions and company ethos.

 

Setting your company up for success

By instructing us, you can be confident your shareholders’ agreement will work to manage risk for directors and protect the interests of shareholders. By having a well-thought-out shareholders’ agreement in place, designed specifically for your organisation, you are laying the foundations for a dynamic, properly organised company that is attractive to investors.

To discuss how we can assist you with drafting bespoke shareholders’ agreements for your company, please call our London office on 0203 670 5540 or contact us online.