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SHAREHOLDERS AND PARTNERS

Advanced negotiation is the key to the legal protection of shareholder and partner rights.

Owning shares in a privately-held company is a far more rigorous endeavour than owning shares in a publicly-traded company, whether its on the TSX or NYSE.  Having practised law for many years in New York City / Wall Street, I became highly familiar with the challenges facing shareholders in both publicly-traded and private company spheres, and the private sector clearly imposes far more challenges upon its shareholders.

The principal challenge associated with holding shares in privately-held companies is their lack of liquidity (i.e., the absence of a stock market to buy and sell shares), which necessitates the creation of specific shareholder arrangements.  This is principally done through a shareholders agreement, which not only provides a contractual framework for operating the business and making key decisions, but creates procedural buy-sell mechanisms, including death & disability arrangements, put & call options, shotgun provisions, piggy-back rights, insolvency and marital break-up requirements.  The shareholders agreement thus provides a viable mechanism for resolving challenging shareholder situations; nonetheless, disputes do arise and than the lawyer takes on a more assertive role in resolving a specifically defined point of contention.

Partnership provide comparable legal challenges, though frequently with far greater responsibility and liability, as there is no corporate buffer to the individual stakeholder. 

Contact Hamilton business lawyer Christopher Neufeld today at 905-616-8864 or Contact@HamiltonBusinessLawyer.com.  Schedule a consultation now, as you aim to secure your legal rights as a shareholder or partner.  

 

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Hamilton Business Lawyer Christopher Neufeld is a corporate solicitor and is admitted to practice law in Ontario, Alberta and New York State.  Christopher's legal practice focuses primarily on business law, in particular corporate commercial transactions. Legal services are provided to the Regional Municipality of Hamilton-Wentworth, including Hamilton, Ancaster, Dundas, Flamborough, Glanbrook and Stoney Creek, together with the neighbouring city of Burlington.   Please review our legal disclaimer and privacy policy prior to contacting us and be advised that contacting us does not create a lawyer-client relationship. The content of this website is purely for informational purposes and should not be relied upon - as you should consult a lawyer with respect to the specifics of your particular matter. For more legal services for shareholders visit www.ShareholdersLawyer.com and partnership matters at www.partnershiplawyer.ca. COPYRIGHT 2009-12.

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