Shareholders & joint venture agreements

Shareholders’ agreements can take many forms – we can help draw them up.

If you’re going into business with other people, you really ought to know how things are going to work between you. You’ll need to get on with the other shareholders for the business to thrive. Shareholders’ and joint venture agreements set out how the relationship between the shareholders will work as well as how the company or joint venture will be run.

Do we really need a shareholders’ agreement?

Drawing up a shareholders’ agreement at the start of your business venture can be a really useful way of making sure that all the shareholders have similar views about what you’re going to do together – and crucially, how you’re going to do it. In fact, if you can’t agree at this stage, you’re likely to run into difficulties further down the line, so all the more reason to have the discussion early on. Even if your fellow shareholders are family members or good friends, having a shareholders’ agreement can save you a lot of hassle later on.

How we can help

At Tees our business team are experienced in drawing up shareholders’ agreements for a wide range of businesses. We’ve worked with lots of different companies, from small businesses which are just starting up to larger companies and family businesses. We also work with investors and entrepreneurs in drawing up joint venture agreements. We know that having a clear and comprehensive agreement upfront can save time, expense and hassle later on, so we’ll use our experience to make sure that your agreement suits your business and your plans.

How we work

We’ll take the time to listen to you and your fellow shareholders and get to know what you want to achieve in your business or joint venture. Then, drawing on our expertise in business law, we’ll advise you on what you need to include in your agreement. We’ll always talk to you in plain English, so any documents we draft for you will also be written in a way that everyone can understand. Because although we plan to be around if you ever need us, we don’t believe you should have to call us to find out what something means!

Our expertise

Our expert team will prepare your shareholders’ or joint venture agreement, ensuring it covers all relevant issues, such as:

  • The nature of the business
  • The right to appoint directors
  • Voting rights
  • Protection of minority shareholders
  • Financial matters including dividend policy
  • Confidentiality
  • Transfer of shares
  • Succession
  • Problem resolution

Our business team can also call on the expertise of colleagues across our organisation so that we can advise you on a wide range of other issues. With Tees you can be sure of a joined-up and comprehensive service.

What to do next

We can help you get your business relationship on track so that you and your fellow shareholders know what to expect from each other. Give us a call now for a confidential discussion about how we can help.

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