Shareholders' Agreement

Every private company shareholder should insist on his company having a shareholders' agreement. The document is the only way to protect the interests of minority shareholders, and can significantly strengthen the rights of a shareholder who contributes more than just equity (such as time or a debt investment). Each Net Lawman shareholders' agreement provides a flexible framework for you to tighten or loosen as you wish.

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    Shareholders' agreement: new company

    A comprehensive shareholders agreement for a new company. Use this agreement to protect the rights of each shareholder against each other and also for setting down the strategic management of the company. This agreement could be put in place at the time of incorporation or shortly afterwards in order to set out the balance of shareholder power as the company grows. It is suitable for companies where all or some shareholders are also directors, or where there is a mix of active and inactive owners.

    Shareholders' agreement: existing company

    A comprehensive shareholders agreement for an existing company. Use this agreement to protect the rights of each shareholder against each other and also for setting down the strategic management of the company. This agreement could be put in place perhaps on the introduction of new shareholders or directors, a new financing round, or after restructuring, or simply to redress the balance of shareholder power as the company grows. It is suitable for companies where all or some shareholders are also directors, or where there is a mix of active and inactive owners.

    Shareholders' agreement: new company; some shareholders have also invested debt

    A comprehensive shareholders agreement for a new company that has also been financed with debt from a big lender as well as equity. Use this agreement to protect the rights of each shareholder against each other and the debt provider and also for setting down the strategic management of the company. This agreement could be put in place at the time of incorporation or shortly afterwards in order to set out the balance of shareholder power as the company grows. It is suitable for companies where all or some shareholders are also directors, or where there is a mix of active and inactive owners.

    Shareholders' agreement: existing company; some shareholders have also invested debt

    A comprehensive shareholders agreement for an existing company that also has debt financing from a big lender such as a business angel or venture capitalist. Use this agreement to protect the rights of each shareholder against each other and the debt provider and also for setting down the strategic management of the company. This agreement could be put in place perhaps on the introduction of new shareholders or directors, a new financing round, or after restructuring, or simply to redress the balance of shareholder power as the company grows. It is suitable for companies where all or some shareholders are also directors, or where there is a mix of active and inactive owners.

    Shareholders' agreement: joint venture through company

    This shareholders agreement regulates a single venture or project that will be structured through a company. The project that the company will undertake could be anything: from a property renovation, design and creation of something, or buying a company in order to sell the assets. This agreement is different from other Net Lawman shareholder agreements largely because this is a single project venture, so the agreement places particular emphasis on the exit arrangements.

    Shareholders' agreement: company has shareholder-directors and institutional investors

    This shareholder agreement has been drawn to include the provisions that a large professional or institutional investor such as a business angel, venture capital or private equity investor would require to protect their investment. It also considers the provisions of minority shareholders, who by virtue of the circumstances are likely to be the founders and friends and family of the founders. Additional features to other Net Lawman shareholder agreements include: drag along and tag along rights, key man insurance, rights of preference, rights of first offer, and increased reporting requirements.

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