Poor Steve McDonald, he hasnâ€™t had an easy life.
The famous cobbles have seen him become embroiled in schoolboy pranks, illegal activities, multiple marriages and various failed businesses.
Recently, Steve has had to deal with the breakdown of his relationship with his ex wife and â€˜business partnerâ€™, Becky, who is hell bent on selling what she believes is her share of the Street Cars taxi company.
However, things are about to get better for Steve thanks to his shareholders agreement.
Where two or more people own a company, it is important that they enter into a shareholders agreement.Â A shareholders agreement should have provisions dealing with all of the following.
Letsâ€™ hope Steve has remembered to put them all in.
1.Â The advancing of money to the company (sometimes called â€œcash callsâ€)
2.Â The role of each shareholder and the amount of time they must spend on company business
3.Â A prohibition against transferring shares without giving co-shareholders first option
4.Â â€œtagâ€ and â€œdragâ€ rights on shares
5.Â A procedure to follow if the relationship breaks down
6.Â Non-competition provisions while agreement carries on and after a shareholder leaves
7.Â The authority and responsibility of each shareholder including right to sign cheques
8.Â The business plan of the company
9.Â Voting arrangements on specified importantÂ issues
10.Â Giving of personal guarantees
11.Â Forfeiture of shares â€“ ie confiscation in certain circumstances
12.Â Retirement and good and bad leaver provisions
In the absence of a shareholder agreement a solicitor would have to rely on a very inadequate statutory and common law set of rules.