36Minority Shareholder Rights

This is a brand new seminar that will consider the principal rights of minority shareholders and the means by which they might seek to protect themselves.

Investors and other minority shareholders will often seek to improve the default position set by statute and common law by clawing back further protections in shareholder agreements.

We will look at how far those shareholder agreement protections can extend, but will also consider what happens if there is no shareholders’ agreement (or it is invalid for some reason).

This seminar will be of interest to all minority shareholders as they navigate the default position that the majority vote wins.

Speakers:
John Deane – Managing Director

John has many years’ experience of corporate and commercial matters with which an SME or investor is likely to be involved including mergers and acquisitions, asset and business sales and purchases, private equity, restructuring, corporate recovery, joint venture, shareholders’ and LLP agreements.
John’s areas of experience include media, technology, advertising, brands, digital media, film and theatre, live events, public art and sculpture, publishing, television, visual arts and interactive media.
John is also a qualified mediator.

Recent experience

  • Advising on the issuing by a UK private company of securities with full listing on the Channel Islands Stock Exchange
  • Advising a hotel group on its acquisition of an additional hotel by way of share purchase
  • Advising numerous individuals and organisations on their rights and obligations as shareholder investors in various technology and media businesses
  • Advising film and media clients on appropriate structures for film and theatre production and investment
  • Advising LLPs and their members on rights and liabilities of members, including insolvency related issues

Helen Curtis – Partner
Helen Curtis is a solicitor in the corporate commercial department at Gannons. Helen enjoys working with SMEs and Entrepreneurs on a variety of matters from SEIS and EIS to acquisition or sale.
Helen qualified in 1998 at Shearman & Sterling, one of the largest US law firms. She worked in the London, New York and Paris offices of Shearman & Sterling before working in-house and moving to Gannons. Helen qualified as a New York solicitor in 2003.

Recent Experience

  • Advising the shareholders of a London restaurant chain on the sale of the entire company
  • Acting for the shareholders of a management consultancy company on the sale to a French multinational
  • Representing the shareholders of a software company on the sale of the entire company to one of the UK’s top 5 accountancy firms
  • Acting for various companies across all sectors in relation to the preparation of SEIS and EIS Advance Assurance applications
  • Negotiating with HMRC regarding the refusal to award EIS advance assurance to a Company in the retail sector
  • Representing investors in numerous digital media and IT start-up businesses in negotiating investment agreements
  • Acting for a number of companies entering into EMI and CSOP schemes to incentivise employees
  • Representing several companies in restructuring to facilitate a shareholder being bought out of the company (including seeking HMRC clearance)

Venue: Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, 5-11 Theobalds Rd, London WC1X 8SH

Book your place: Places are limited so please book your place by emailing Julie Greenwood at jg@gannons.co.uk.