Shareholder Agreements

There are many advantages in running your business as a limited company not least the degree of protection from personal liability that this affords.

It is essential that shareholders plan for the future and an agreement between them is usually a good way of doing so.  Such a shareholder agreement is confidential to the shareholders and will not be shown on the company’s register at Companies House.

A shareholder agreement can usefully cover the following issues:

  • The areas of business that the company will undertake.
  • Circumstances in which further shares can be issued.
  • Arrangements for transfer of shares on death/retirement.
  • Whether there should be an obligation to offer shares to existing shareholders before selling to a third party.
  • Whether there should be circumstances where a shareholder is required to sell shares (for example on ceasing to be an employee of the company or on death).
  • Mechanism to be employed to fix the value at which shares should transfer.
  • Arrangements for the sale of all the shares in the company should an agreed percentage of shareholders require.
  • Procedural issues.
  • Arrangements for borrowing, lending, giving guarantees, changing company structure etc.

Taking advice early and putting a shareholder agreement in place can help provide the business with a stable platform for long term success.

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