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what is a shareholder agreement and what about investor relations?

20 February 2017
Rachael explains what a shareholders' agreement is, who it relates to within your startup, and its purpose - as well explaining investor consents and how they work.


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Rachael Russell

A shareholders’ agreement is an agreement between some or all of the shareholders of the company. Not all startups will need a shareholders’ agreement, but if an investor’s involved, it’s something that's really useful to have.

It basically regulates how the company is run and the relationship between all of the shareholders.


One of the concepts that you would usually see in a shareholders’ agreement, where an investor is involved, is the concept of investor consents. That is, essentially, matters that the board can't undertake without consent of the investor.


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