What should I include in my Shareholder Agreement?

Most shareholder agreements will address the following core issues with appropriately customized terms: (a) decision making; (b) restrictions on share transfers and ownership of shares; (c) financing; (d) pre-emptive rights; (e) rights of first refusal; (f) mandatory sales of shares; (g) conflict resolution; (h) non-competition, non-solicitation, and non-disclosure; and (i) shareholder exit strategies. Decision making [...]

What is a shareholder agreement and why do I need one?

A shareholder agreement is a written agreement between shareholders, which sets out shareholder rights, protections, and obligations; the method by which shares will be valued; and how the corporation and its business will be structured, managed, and operated. A shareholder agreement can ensure that shareholders are treated fairly and can minimize disagreements by clarifying how [...]