Founders Agreement Vs Shareholders Agreement

Co-founders should keep their initial legal agreements quite simple, taking into account two key figures: this is due to the fact that founders and potential investors can carry out all the checks and ensure that all the appropriate information has been included in the roadmap before the creation of a formal shareholders` agreement. Often, founders do not want to address such critical topics at the time of organizing a startup for reasons of time and money. Instead, they are ready to have the existing law and organization of these problems controlled. The problem with this approach is that the law and the company`s organizational documents may not cover all these issues or address them in a way that is satisfactory to the founders. Founders should agree at an early stage on these concerns; Then, if there is a problem, there is a clear way to deal with it. While company organization documents and contracts for the sale of founding shares may address some of these issues, founders should think carefully about whether to use an additional shareholder agreement to address issues that are not already addressed in these other documents. For most companies, these standard rules, agreements and trust between the founders are sufficient and they do not entail the cost of establishing a separate and autonomous shareholders` agreement. However, sometimes, for various reasons, people decide that it would be useful to make an agreement between the founders to cover what happens in certain defined situations. While these types of deals could theoretically cover any number of situations, here`s what you see most often covered by these deals: Given that startups are very close when they were created, there is a concern that only the founders own the original shares and that there are limits on when the shares can be sold or transferred in any other way. The company and/or the other founders would be characterized by a right of pre-emption for the transfer of shares – the selling founder would have to have the company and/or other founders acquire the shares under the same conditions as those offered by a third-party buyer. The founders may also have rights of co-location insofar as the right of pre-emption is not exercised. A right of co-founder allows the other founders to participate, together with the selling founder, in the sale of a proportional amount of their own shares to the third-party buyer. Avoid the seventy-page “Everything But kitchen sink” type of agreement and leave with something that matches the expected life of the agreement (for most companies, this lifespan lasts until the next funding round or any other significant transaction).

Among the benefits of the deal are: for startups, a term sheet is often used to define a few brief terms between co-founders and potential investors during capital raising rounds. You may be thinking, “What`s the point of creating a roadmap if I need a binding agreement in the future?” Both of these documents are important for every business and should be drafted correctly to ensure that there are no misunderstandings between shareholders as your business grows.. . . .

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