Neufeld Legal P.C.

Commercial Business Law Firm

Providing corporate-commercial legal advice and strategic direction to businesses in Calgary, Alberta and Toronto, Ontario.

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SHAREHOLDERS AGREEMENTS

Owning shares in a privately-held company or partnership is a far more rigorous endeavour than owning shares in a publicly-traded company, whether its on the TSX Venture, TSX or NYSE.  Having practised law for many years in New York City / Wall Street, I became highly familiar with the challenges facing shareholders in both publicly-traded and private company spheres, and the private sector clearly imposes far more challenges upon its shareholders.

The principal challenge associated with holding shares in privately-held companies is their lack of liquidity (i.e., the absence of a stock market to buy and sell shares), which necessitates the creation of specific shareholder arrangements.  This is principally done through a shareholders agreement, which not only provides a contractual framework for operating the business and making key decisions, but can also create procedural buy-sell mechanisms, including death & disability arrangements, put & call options, shotgun provisions, piggy-back rights, insolvency and marital break-up requirements.  The shareholders agreement thus provides an important mechanism for resolving challenging shareholder situations; nonetheless, disputes do arise and than the lawyer takes on a more assertive role in resolving a specifically defined point of contention.

Providing corporate-commercial legal advice and strategic direction to business enterprises, is the central focus of business lawyer Christopher R. Neufeld's legal practice. To advance your business' initiatives, contact Neufeld Legal P.C. at Chris@NeufeldLegal.com or 403-400-4092 / 416-887-9702.

 

Neufeld Legal Professional Corporation. Our mailing addresses are 144 4th Avenue SW, Suite 1600, Calgary, Alberta and 1 Yonge Street, Suite 1801, Toronto, Ontario. Principal lawyer Christopher Neufeld is admitted to practice law in Alberta and Ontario (Canada) and New York (U.S.A.).  Christopher's legal practice focuses primarily on business law, in particular corporate commercial transactions (mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, business purchases and sales, etc.), business development, contract drafting and negotiation, tax and succession planning, financing and commercial real estate.  2014.

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