Shareholders` Agreement

Our 13 page Shareholders Agreement has been drafted by an Advocate with many years of experience in company law. It is ideal for dispute resolution and set the rules to ensures the smooth management of the company. All companies with two or more shareholders should have a signed Shareholders Agreement.

We recommend that all the authorised shares are issued to the respective shareholders leaving no unissued shares in the company. If you have not already done so we recommend you first use to issue all the shares before you capture the information for this agreement. 

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Our Shareholders Agreement is compatible with both the Companies Act and the Standards Memorandum of Incorporation (MOI) as drafted by CIPC and is exclusively for South African (Pty) Ltd`s

Price :  R990
How long does it take?   1 Day

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Frequently Asked Questions

It is a contract between the shareholder (owners) of the company which set out the rights and responsibilities of the shareholders. 
It prevents disputes and protects the shareholders rights which bring stability to the company.
The best time to draw up a shareholders agreement is at inception. This is when all the shareholders agree beforehand how to deal with disputes which will avoid a lot of unpleasantness. 
Yes, however all parties must agree in writing.
Yes, all the signatories to the agreement are legally bound by it. 
No, NPC’s do not have shareholders, they only have directors and in some cases members
Shareholders agreements are used for shareholders of companies which are registered legal entities while a partnership agreements are used for partnerships which are not a registered legal entities and therefore do not have the benefit of limited liability protection, furthermore the partners are jointly and severally liable for claims against the partnership.  
No, you could have a verbal agreement, but this is not recommended as disputes will be one person’s word against the next which never ends well as there is no written agreement.
There are two ways for a new shareholder to join a private company. The first is to buy shares from an existing shareholder. This is called transferring of shares and the second option is for the company to issue new shares to the shareholder. This is called issuing shares which does dilute the value of the individual shares as there are now more shares in circulation. 
The right of first refusal is when any shareholder wishes to sell their shares they must first offer it to the existing shareholders at the same terms as the offer made to the outside third party. This right of first refusal can prevent competitors investing in the business.
A pre-emptive right allows existing shareholders to buy newly issued shares in the company to maintain the same percentage ownership.
This is a clause in the shareholders agreement which deals with a buyer wanting to buy the entire company. The agreement can state that if for example 75% of the shareholders agree to the terms and conditions of the sale then the remain 25% of the shareholders are obliged to also sell their shares at the same terms and conditions. This is referred to as the Drag along clause. The tag alone is the opposite meaning the minority shareholders say 25% can block a sale if they are not offered the same terms.
This is a document that binds a new shareholder which joined at a later stage to the same terms of the existing shareholders agreement.
A class of share is a type of share differentiated by the number of voting rights associated with that share. For example, 1 Class A share can have 5 votes while 1 Class B share can have only 1 vote. This is done to protect the company from take overs. There are also other categories that deal with dividend pay-outs namely ordinary and preferential shares. 
Yes, the board of directors can issue additional authorised share capital which can them be issued to the shareholders. This will dilute the value of an individual share as there are now more shares in circulation. 
There is no rule that forces a shareholder to sell their shares. However, a shareholders agreement can address this issue. For example, forfeiture of shares for non-performance of an agreed funding requirement.
This depends on what is agreed to in the shareholders agreement. If there is no shareholders agreement the shares will be transferred to the beneficiaries of the deceased estate.
The most preferred method of dispute resolution is mediation. This is where the parties arrange for a facilitated negotiated solution. Arbitration is where an independent third party gets involved and makes a binding decision on both parties. 
Depends on the clause in the agreement of when all parties agree to the terminating the agreement. This usually done when there is a new investor or when one shareholder purchases all the shares. 
If ever there is a conflict between the Act, the MOI or the shareholders agreement, the Companies Act takes precedent of the MOI and the MOI precedent over the Shareholders Agreement. 
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