So, you're a founder of a start up business, you've worked hard to get it off the ground and you have even found investors who are willing to provide the funds you need to grow your business and achieve your goals.
If you are involved in investing, either as a startup or an investor, you are likely to come across an advanced subscription agreement. So what is an advanced subscription agreement and what do you need to consider when entering into one?
Convertible loan notes are a great way for start ups to generate an initial chunk of cash in order to advance certain aspects of their business, at the same time as they try to secure a direct equity investment. As a result, convertible loan notes can act as a short term solution to financing needs and, once in place, can be an indication to future investors as to the potential of the business.
You have successfully incorporated your new startup company and are all set to grow your business. What is one of the first things you should do? Without a doubt, if you have two or more shareholders, you should consider a shareholders’ agreement. It is easy to postpone putting a shareholders’ agreement (aka founders’ agreement) in place, but it is important. Why? Because it can regulate how changes in the company in the future will be dealt with including how decisions will be made, what would happen if a shareholder wanted to leave or became ill and, most importantly, what would happen if the shareholders had a disagreement.
Company jargon can be intimidating and confusing. However, once you get to terms with the key terminology and concepts of company law, it all becomes a lot more digestible. If you’re planning to set up your own company, or considering investing for the first time, this blog should help you get your head around some of the main company documents you’re likely to come across during the process.