Shareholders and partnerships

When you are running a business with others, it’s vital that a contract is in place to protect both you and the business.

In the event of unforeseen circumstances, such as internal disputes between the owners, an unexpected death , or split opinions over a sale of the business interests, your shareholder or partnership agreements provide the legal basis on how matters should be resolved.

Our experienced team develops close relationships with all parties to help them understand their goals and help manage difficult conversations around exit strategies and risks. We have advised in all aspects of this work, from drafting agreements that help avoid disputes or prevent interests being acquired by the wrong people, to determining fair value, advising on distribution of profits.

We help business owners and investors and have particular expertise in many sectors, including professional services, healthcare, manufacturing facilities and energy.


Why choose Stephens Scown?

We’ve been ranked as the number one corporate team for SMEs in the South West by Chambers, the independent guide to the legal profession. We were also named UK Law Firm of the Year at the British Legal Awards 2016 for our different approach. They recognised our innovation in finding solutions for our clients, our employee ownership model and client service including our awarding winning client app.

Our clients truly benefit from having a law firm that isn’t afraid to think a little differently to get the job done.

Our shareholders and partnerships track record demonstrates both our experience and ability. We have:

  • Acted on the acquisition of a substantial solar farm in the South West which involved a multiple stakeholders: the company rights seller, the purchaser, the senior lender, the mezzanine lenders, the purchaser and other major contributors.
  • Advised clients regarding a complex share structures including EIS and SEIS schemes, company buy-backs, option arrangements and EMI schemes.
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