Overview

Does your company have shareholders?

If yes, it is in the company’s best interests for the shareholders to have a Shareholders’ Agreement. Why? Because having one provides a framework for governing the relationships among shareholders: defining their rights, responsibilities, and obligations.

Here at Lawnch, we liken a Shareholders’ Agreement to a corporate pre-nuptial agreement.

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What is in a Shareholders’ Agreement?

A robust and well-considered Shareholders’ Agreement will establish mechanisms for decision-making, outline the process for working capital contributions, and address other potential areas of dispute if not addressed from the outset – including the process to sell and raise shares. A Shareholders’ Agreement serves as a tool to protect your interests as a shareholder – which in turn protects the interests of the company. By undertaking the process of discussing and agreeing to the terms of a Shareholders’ Agreement, potential issued can be addressed at the very outset.

We’re specialists at assisting fast-scaling businesses, having collectively assisted hundreds of clients in different industries with the preparation of a Shareholders’ Agreement.

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But we already have a Shareholders’ Agreement, so we’re ok, right?

Possibly, and we hope so. However, in considering if your current Shareholders’ Agreement aligns with the shareholders objectives (now and in the future), ask yourself:

Did I purchase a template / off-the-shelf Shareholders’ Agreement?

If yes, it is likely that the terms of your Shareholders’ Agreement do not best cater to your business and shareholders – the only way to determine this is for us to undertake a review.

If no, and you engaged commercial lawyers to prepare a Shareholders’ Agreement, ask yourself:

Did our lawyer workshop scenarios with the shareholders and specifically tailor the terms of our Shareholders’ Agreement to their situation at present, and in the future?

If yes, it is likely that the terms of your Shareholders’ Agreement are robust and well-considered. If no, it is likely that the terms of your Shareholders’ Agreement do not best cater to your business and shareholders – either way, the only way to determine this is for us to undertake a review.

To see how we would approach a review of your Shareholders’ Agreement, send an enquiry and one of our team members will be in touch to schedule a free 30-minute consultation.

Tammi and Ben, Lawnch Directors

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When your business needs rapid-response insights that come from experience, not theory, we’re who you talk to.

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The Lawnch difference.

Traditional professional services firm

Waits for you to tell them what to do

Slow to respond

Poor communicators

Forget the ‘service’ component of ‘customer service’

Provide documents that you don’t understand and hence can’t implement

Prepare agreements and documents that hold little to no practical value

Stiff and formal

The Lawnch way

  • Flips the traditional model on its head – by working with you proactively to help you identify what you don’t know
  • Responsiveness – we’re so quick to respond, we’ll be waiting on you
  • Active communicators – who move at the speed you set
  • Customer service – is at the forefront of everything we do
  • Workshop documents with you – so that you understand the implications
  • Align agreements and documents with your strategic goals – for both now and in the future
  • Vibrant and energetic – no suits and frowns here!
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