Articles of Association: established business single investor

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Articles of Association to be adopted at closing of an investment in an established business by a single investor.  Intended to accompany the Shareholders Agreement, these Articles balance the rights of the investor with the rights of the founders.

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What are the key features?

  • form of new Articles of Association for the company
  • amendments and additions to the Companies Act 2006 Model Articles
  • pre-emption rights on the allotment of new shares, with exceptions for employee share option grants
  • regulations governing the transfer of shares, including:
    • permitted transfers to defined classes of permitted transferees
    • pre-emption rights on the transfer of shares to third parties
    • compulsory transfer provisions for founders and employee shareholders
    • tag-along and drag-along rights, including investor protection against being required to sell its shares
  • regulation of shareholder meetings, including investor presence required for quorum
  • investor and other shareholder rights to appoint a director and investor’s director to be present for a quorate board meeting

What other documents are available?

For Articles of Association for an investment in a start-up business by a single investor, see

For Articles of Association for investment by multiple investors, see

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