When forming or operating a private limited company, there are a number of steps that can be taken in order to protect yourself and the other parties involved. Perhaps the most effective step is the implementation of a shareholders’ agreement that is suitably tailored to your business. 

What is a Shareholders’ Agreement? 

A shareholders’ agreement is a private contract made between a company and its shareholders that sets out how the company should be operated. It may be entered into at any time of a company’s life cycle, not just on incorporation of the company or where a new shareholder joins.

Why have a Shareholders’ Agreement? 

There is no legal requirement for a shareholders’ agreement. However, we would recommend that one is adopted for any company with more than one shareholder for the following reasons: 

The above list is not exhaustive, and there will be other advantages available depending on whether you are a majority shareholder, a minority shareholder or an investor. In our view, a relatively small investment in terms of legal cost is most definitely worth the benefit of certainty and protection that a shareholders’ agreement provides. 

For more information, get in touch with the Pannone Corporate team on 0800 131 3355 or via the contact form.

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The corporate teams at Pannone Corporate and KJG Chartered Accountants have advised entrepreneurs Rob Garbutt and Paddy Doyle on the sale of their company, LDeX, which operates data centres in Manchester and London.
LDeX has been bought by Glasgow-based AIM-listed Iomart Group for an undisclosed sum.
The deal comes eight years after the pair sold their first data centre business, UK Grid, which was founded at Manchester Science Park in 2004, to Telecity Group for £11.7m.
Pannone Corporate partner Tom Hall and KJG partner Steven Lindsay advised Rob and Paddy on the latest sale.
They also advised the pair on the sale of UK Grid in 2011.
The Pannone team for the sale to Iomart also included Amy Chandler and Miranda Foy.

Rob and Paddy founded LDeX in 2012 following the Telecity Group buyout and provides data centre services.
Iomart Group is one of the UK’s leading providers of managed cloud services.
Tom said: “It has been a real pleasure to have advised Rob and Paddy on another fantastic deal. Once again, the pair has built up a leading data centre business which has proven to be an attractive target to a leading plc.
“Their track record of successful exits is a true testament to their hard work and ability, and we were delighted to work with them again.”
Steven added: “This is another example of an owner-managed business run by excellent entrepreneurs. To do what Rob and Paddy have done once is excellent, to do it twice is exceptional.”
Rob said: “Tom, Steven and their teams have worked with Paddy and me for many years. They have helped us achieve growth that led to the successful sales of both UK Grid and LDeX.”

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