Shareholders Agreement: established business multiple investors

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Shareholders agreement following the investment in an established business by multiple investors under a separate subscription agreement.  The agreement acts as the shareholders agreement between the investors and the founders of the company post-investment.

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What are the key features?

  • full form shareholders agreement 
  • 27 clauses and 4 schedules over 30 pages
  • investor rights: exercisable by a majority of the investors 
  • directors:
    • investor director: investors’ entitlement to appoint a director
    • other directors: the founder shareholder(s) rights to appoint a director
  • board proceedings: how proceedings of the board will be conducted 
  • information rights: rights to information for the investors and other shareholders about the company and its finances
  • future share issues: pre-emption rights on the issue of new shares
  • share transfers: rules governing the transfer of shares, including:
    • pre-emption rights on share transfers
    • compulsory transfer events, including founder good and bad leaver clauses
    • tag-along and drag-along rights
  • reserved matters: matters requiring prior approval from the investors (acting by investor majority) and other shareholders
  • restrictive covenants: restrictions on the founders from competing with the company and soliciting the company’s customers, suppliers and employees

What other documents are available?

For a combined Investment & Shareholders Agreement for an established business with multiple investors, see

For a standalone Shareholders Agreement for an established business with a single investor, see

  For standalone Shareholders Agreements for start-up business, see

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