Protecting you with a shareholders’ agreement

‘By investing the time to understand your business and its goals, we can balance your needs with those of your shareholders’

Share ownership can be an excellent way of rewarding your company’s key individuals or raising much needed finance. Whatever your reason for issuing shares, it’s important to protect your interests. We can help by advising you on a shareholders’ agreement that will give you peace of mind in all eventualities.

Expert in drafting articles of association

Once you let others become shareholders, the company articles of association need to be updated. This ensures you’re protected against those shares being sold and can safeguard their transfer back to you in the future.

Your company’s articles of association regulate how your company operates and describe the relationship between the shareholders. This makes them an essential tool for minimising risks and protecting your position.

We’ll invest the time to understand your business and your long-term goals, then use this information to help in drafting articles of association that balance the needs of the shareholders. You may also consider a shareholders’ agreement to enhance the articles of association.

Our credentials

“What the team is known for: Acts for a range of clients including large owner-managed businesses and public listed companies in corporate reorganisations, sales and a variety of other corporate and private equity backed transactions. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): “The firm has carved out a unique position in its local markets by providing a truly client-focused service, giving clients direct access to experienced professionals and at a reasonable cost.” “Everyone we deal with at Royds Withy King is very approachable and friendly, and we are very happy that they make sure to take the trouble to fully understand our objectives.” Work highlights: Advised the owners and shareholders of Prob-Solve Group on the sale of the company to Exquip Network Services. Acted for Socomec SA on the £22 million merger of the group’s UK subsidiaries Socomec and Socomec Sicon. Notable practitioners: Katharine Mortimer (Band 3) focuses her practice on MBOs and restructuring matters for clients in the healthcare sector. Clients describe her as “detail-conscious and meticulous in her approach to transactions, with a thorough understanding of corporate law principles.”” Chambers 2017 South West

“Associate Rishi Ladwa (Associate to watch) of Royds Withy King has “a commercial and corporate knowledge and personable approach that makes him a pleasure to deal with,” according to clients. He is known for his strong corporate transactional practice.” Chambers 2017 Thames Valley

“Clients of Royds Withy King praise its ‘effective, one-team approach’, ‘understanding of client’s requirements and objectives’, and ‘tailored solutions’. David Cavaliero leads the team, which acts for owner-managed businesses, and public and private equity owned companies. It is particularly strong in handling transactions between £2m and £15m.” Legal 500 2016 South West

Contact us to find out more about how we can help draft a shareholders’ agreement and articles of association. Call us on 0800 923 2075 or email

For the past three years or more we have worked with Royds Withy King on a wide variety of complicated and very demanding commercial and personal legal matters. At all times the advice given has been reassuring, practical and effective, enabling us to pass each hurdle with confidence.
James Robson, Director, Powerful Allies Ltd

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