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Manage expectations and mitigate disputes with an expertly written shareholders agreement.

A shareholders agreement is a legal document that sets out the rights and obligations of the shareholders of a company.

If your business has multiple shareholders or directors, a shareholder agreement can ensure that all parties are on the same page when it comes to how the business will be run and how key business decisions will be made. This will be important in managing expectations and mitigating any future confusion and disputes.

The earlier you have a shareholders agreement in place, the easier it will be to implement. The problem with creating a shareholders agreement later on in your businesses life cycle is that your bargaining position may be compromised over time and that a dispute may arise before you have an agreement in place, which could mean that you are not adequately protected.

What topics may be included in a shareholders agreement?

  • The management and operation of the business – ie. which decisions will require majority vote?
  • Shareholder rights and obligations
  • Director Appointments
  • Delegation of right to management
  • Issuing, selling and transfer or shares
  • Dispute resolution
  • Exit strategy

The Gladwin Legal team can assist with:

  • drafting a new shareholders agreement suited to your business’s needs;
  • reviewing and amending an existing shareholders agreement;
  • advising on conflicts that arise by shareholders or directors;
  • advising on share issues and transfers; or
  • preparing tailored clauses depending on whether the client is founder or investor.

We have extensive experience in drafting, reviewing and advising on shareholder agreements. If you have any questions, please contact the Gladwin Legal team at or 1300 033 934.