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Joint Ventures and Shareholders Agreements

Joint Ventures and Shareholders Agreements

Shareholder Agreement Solicitors UK

Our shareholder agreement lawyers know that an expertly drafted shareholders’ agreement is essential to define and protect the rights of individuals and businesses looking to invest in a private limited company or enter into a corporate joint venture.

The shareholders’ agreement and, to a lesser extent, the company’s articles of association, will govern things like:

  • Who will manage the company or joint venture.
  • How the board of directors will be comprised.
  • How the venture is to be funded, both initially and on an ongoing basis.
  • What will the company do with its profits? Will it re-invest profits, distribute profits as dividends to shareholders, or a combination of both?
  • Will the shareholders be able to transfer their shares to a third party and if so on what terms?
  • Will there be any key management or operational decisions that can only be made by the shareholders unanimously?
  • What happens in the case of a shareholders’ deadlock?
  • When and how can the shareholders’ agreement or joint venture be terminated?

Without a shareholders’ agreement or joint venture agreement in place to govern such key aspects of the commercial relationship, when disputes arise, the rights of the parties are inevitably more uncertain.

Our shareholders’ agreement lawyers will approach in each case on its merits. We are alive to the commercial needs of both parties to the transaction. If our client is an investor seeking to inject much needed venture capital into a business, its negotiating position may be much stronger.

In any case our corporate lawyers can come on board early in the transaction, to conduct due diligence and ultimately draft, negotiate and oversee the signature of not only the shareholders’ agreement, but the ancillary documents that are often necessary to properly document the venture, such as:

  • Executive Service Agreements; where the terms of the deal require the employment, engagement, or commitment of certain key people to drive the business forward.
  • Option Deeds and Option Agreements; where some or all of the shareholders will have the right to acquire additional shares in the company at some future point, on terms that are pre-agreed.
  • Intellectual Property assignments and licences; where the joint venture deal is done on the basis that one party contributes valuable intellectual property, such as rights in software, for use by the venture.


South Bank Legal is a Central London commercial law firm. For expert advice from an experienced London shareholders’ agreement solicitor, you can contact us for a confidential discussion today.