bto solicitors - Corporate & Commercial Business Lawyers Glasgow Edinburgh Scotland

  • "really fights your corner..."
    "really fights your corner..." Chambers UK
  • "Consistently high-quality work and client-friendly approach."
    "Consistently high-quality work and client-friendly approach." Chambers UK

Shareholder Agreements

Shareholder agreements are of great value.  They ensure that the interests of each party are reflected in an agreement setting out their respective rights. Such agreements might relate to the complexities of relationships among shareholders in companies or form part of the arrangements of a joint venture.

With the added advantage of confidentiality (which is not possible when drafting a company’s Memorandum and Articles of Association), such agreements can be used to deal with commercially sensitive matters.  We have the skill and experience to act for you in negotiating and preparing shareholder agreements.

Some considerations for shareholders

  • What class and number of shares is each shareholder to receive?
  • Are there circumstances in which a shareholder will be compelled to sell his shares?
  • On a transfer of shares, how are they to be valued?
  • What is to happen to a deceased member’s shareholding?
  • Have deadlock provisions been considered where there is an equal shareholding?
  • Are “tag along” and “drag along” provisions required?
  • Have pre-emption rights been considered?

Contact: Scott Wyper, Partner / Jeremy Glen, Partner / Alastair Dunn, Partner / Emma Barclay, Partner / T. 0141 221 8012

“The level of service has always been excellent, with properly experienced solicitors dealing with appropriate cases" Legal 500

Contact BTO


  • 48 St. Vincent Street
  • Glasgow
  • G2 5HS
  • T:+44 (0)141 221 8012
  • F:+44 (0)141 221 7803


  • One Edinburgh Quay
  • Edinburgh
  • EH3 9QG
  • T:+44 (0)131 222 2939
  • F:+44 (0)131 222 2949