Shareholders' Agreement Guide

This is a Guide to shareholders' agreements, their types and contents.


About this document

When starting a company, it is essential to establish clear guidelines and protections for shareholders.  A shareholders' agreement plays a crucial role in achieving this.  This Guide provides an introduction to shareholders' agreements, explaining their purpose and importance in regulating the relationship between shareholders.  It also explores the different types of shareholders' agreements, including deadlock agreements, minority agreements, and majority agreements.  The Guide highlights the key differences between shareholders' agreements and articles of association, emphasising how these two legal documents work together to govern the operations and relationships within a company.  Additionally, the document discusses the concept of minority protection and the measures put in place to safeguard the rights and interests of minority shareholders.  It also goes into the topic of deadlocks, explaining what they are and how they can be resolved.  Finally, the Guide outlines the benefits of having a shareholders' agreement in place, such as dispute resolution, protection for minority shareholders, customisability, clarity, and protection of investments. 

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