PLANNING CORPORATE STRUCTURE AND/OR MAKING ITS CHANGES


Planning corporate structure and/or making its changes
Thoughtful planning requires for a new business establishment. We ensure that all necessary provisions and measures taken at all corporate levels to support your business growth and development while securing your shareholding rights in the company are in place by drafting appropriate agreements including but not limited to: shareholders’ agreements, Options, IP rights protection, and confidentiality agreements and so on.
Shareholders’ agreements

Shareholders’ Agreements are designed to be concluded between the shareholders of the company to protect each shareholder interests held in the company and investments made in the company respectively by setting out in detail how the company will be managed and operated.

Shareholders’ agreements are drafted to secure the corporate structure of the company and its functioning. Thus properly designed Shareholder’s Agreements ensures compliance with obligations and rights’ entitlements enshrining these in statutory documents thus safeguarding rules for eliminating disputes.

Our experienced team of associated lawyers individually approach, design and draft shareholders’ agreements that would suffice your requirements concerning the corporate structure of your company, including but not limited to each shareholder’s voting rights, decisions taken in the company on par with shareholders’ contributions, dividends’ entitlements, and performance of respective obligations. Appointment of directors and directorship mechanism, transfer of shares rules and rights attached to each share (as the case may be), shareholders’ reserve matters, issuance of shares at a premium, an increase of capital on par with terms of new subscriptions all these and other matters are subject to Shareholders’ agreement conditions as may be agreed between shareholders of a company.

Having shareholders’ agreement in place will undoubtedly safeguard your interests and will allow certainty to the future development of your company as well as will ensure shareholders’ rights, interests, and entitlements respectively.

Why and what for one may need a Shareholders Agreement?

Although a Shareholders Agreement is not a legal requirement, it provides certainty and security for existing members of the company as well as clarity of corporate structure and business functioning to potential investors. It works as a safeguard for keeping confidential matters private and undisclosed from outsiders of the company as opposed to publicly available Articles of Association.

More specifically a Shareholders Agreement secures the following:

  • Reduces the conflict of interests’ risk between members of the company
  • Protecting the rights and interests of minority shareholders
  • Providing clarity and certainty to potential investors
  • Providing additional security to members of the company concerning pre-agreed terms by outlining the legal position of the agreement
  • Excluding the possibility of one shareholder having a detrimental effect on the others when corporate structure changed
  • Protecting the deceased shareholders’ families’ interests
  • Providing the grounds and responsibility level on which important decisions are made and etc.
  • Share Options

    Share options give a third party (a firm’s most valued or important employees) a right to acquire shares in the future success of a company at a previously agreed price. Such an option can be taken only when a certain level of performance is reached. Thus, it is a contractual right for someone to become a shareholder of the company he/she works for at some point in the future.

    Our team of associated lawyers assists in setting up different schemes of share option so that the right premiums offered to the right people at the right time and the right price, securing subscription of a just fair stake of equity in the future, and preventing alienation of an equity stake more than it needed.

    IP Protection

    Careful tailoring of contracts to protect your intellectual property rights is vital to provide adequate protection of your company’s IP rights. Patents trademarks and copyright licenses in technology developments, consultancy and service contracts, manufacturing, distribution, and sale as well as employment contracts, all these and many others have to do with the protection of intellectual property rights (IPR). An essential key element to the success of a growing business, particularly in the technology sector is the use of the right provisions and contracts for your specific Intellectual Property Right.

    Our team of associated lawyers helps to set the right legal protection/mechanism for the IP you have created, thereby enabling you to get the most value out of your IP creation safeguarding from theft or imitation.

    For more information on IP relative matters and free confidential advice within seven business days please, contact us.

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