Raising investment for startups: Shareholders' Agreement

Emer Hughes

When raising or making an investment there are a variety of documents you can expect to see, including shareholders' agreements and articles of association.

In this video, Emer Hughes and Mei Chung in our Corporate, Commercial and Finance team discuss some of the key elements in the shareholders' agreement, with a focus on points of negotiation between founders and investors.  

About the speakers

Emer Hughes is a Senior Associate in the Corporate, Commercial and Finance team. She works on a broad range of corporate transactions including advising on shareholder agreements, corporate governance, company restructuring, asset and share acquisitions and investments.

Mei Chung is an Associate in the Corporate, Commercial and Finance team. She advises entrepreneurs, investors, startups and established businesses across a variety of sectors on a broad range of corporate and commercial matters.

Episode 1

Preparatory steps

In this video, Roberta Draper provides some top tips to guide founders of startups through the investment process.

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Episode 2

Types of funding

In this video, Roberta Draper and Emer Hughes discuss the various types of investment for your startup and the key terminology you as a Founder might encounter during the process.

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Episode 3

What does raising investment mean in practice?

In this video, Roberta Draper and Emer Hughes discuss what raising investment for your startup means in practice, in particular how you value your company and how much you want to give away to investors in return for investment.

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Episode 4

What legal documents should you expect to see?

In this video, Roberta Draper and Emer Hughes discuss what legal documents you should expect to see as part of the raising investment for your startup process.

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Episode 5

Shareholders' Agreement

In this video, Emer Hughes and Mei Chung in our Corporate, Commercial and Finance team discuss some of the key elements in the shareholders' agreement, with a focus on points of negotiation between founders and investors.

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Episode 6

Articles of Association

In this video, Emer Hughes and Mei Chung discuss the main protections that may come up in a company’s articles of association including the class of shares, pre-emption rights and drag along and tag along rights.

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Episode 7

Leaver Provisions

Emer Hughes and Mei Chung discuss the principles of leaver provisions, with a focus on the difference between a good leaver and a bad leaver, who should be caught by leaver provisions and points of negotiation between founders and investors.

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