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Shareholders' Agreements

Shareholders' Agreements
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25 August - Due to COVID-19 restrictions this in short seminar is now being held by live stream only. 

The setting up of shareholders’ agreements, and the discussions which are necessarily a part of deciding their contents, will help your clients consider significant issues at the outset or at key points of the relationship. The current, extremely challenging, environment underlines the importance of providing effective agreements – that are suitable for all weather. This seminar will take a scenario-focused approach to selected key issues (including the impacts of "down rounds" and buy-outs) by combining commercial and litigation perspectives. Drafting options for those key issues will be stress-tested against the problems and potential for disputes that may unfold in practice.

This seminar will include:

  • The key issues which may occur during the lifecycle of a business, when entering into Shareholders’ Agreements
  • Maintaining a Shareholders’ Agreement so that it remains relevant to the business and its owners – as the business develops
  • Shareholders’ Agreements and structures to deal with disputes
  • The impact of change on a business and the effective of the Shareholders’ Agreement to manage that change
  • Protecting the whole business while the stakeholders address the impact (on them) of such issues as "down round" financing
  • Facilitating safe exit by one or more stakeholders
  • Scenarios affecting SMEs in a challenging environment from both a commercial law perspective and a litigation perspective.

Learning objectives

By attending this seminar you will be able to:

  • Appreciate the drafting of Shareholders’ Agreements that are designed to deal with the lifecycle of a business.
  • Deal with internal disputes between the stakeholders in the business.
  • Advise clients on Shareholders’ Agreements and associated corporate arrangements.
  • Understand the practical approaches and legal remedies when there are tensions between stakeholders as a result of challenges facing the business.
  • Build measures into a Shareholders’ Agreement that are designed to protect the interests of the business and its key stakeholders in all weathers and particularly where there are changes to the business and/or the relationships between stakeholders.

Who should attend

All commercial and corporate solicitors (fundamental, intermediate, advanced), litigators, and any lawyers whose practice involves participation in corporate governance or advice to companies and their officers. 


A short paper, in PDF format, together with a copy of the powerpoint presentation will be emailed out prior to the seminar.


  • 4.00pm - 6.00pm

Fee (incl GST)

In Short

  • $125 - NZLS members and Associate members
  • $175 - Non-members
  • Live web stream group pricing available! Click here

Do you want to register more than one person for this course? Click here
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Live Web Stream 3 September


Stephen Layburn WEB EDIT Stephen Layburn
Barrister, Stephen Layburn Lawyer Limited, Auckland

Stephen is a commercial barrister based in Auckland and is a member of the NZBA Commercial Bar Committee. He had 25+ years working in large law firms before hanging out his own shingle to practice as a commercial barrister and advises on a wide range of corporate/commercial matters. Stephen also maintains an active involvement in law reform issues, including as a member of (and former convenor) of the Commercial & Business Law Committee of the New Zealand Law Society and is one of the external counsel to the NZX Markets Disciplinary Tribunal.

Tim Mullins WEB EDIT Tim Mullins
Partner, LeeSalmonLong, Auckland

Tim practises primarily in commercial litigation, regulatory/competition law and intellectual property. He regularly advises on and acts in disputes amongst shareholders of small to medium businesses across many industries.

Cancellation and refund policy

If written notice of cancellation of a registration arrives before the day of the seminar we will refund the registration fee, less an administration fee of $40. If you are unable to attend, you may send a substitute - to correctly assign CPD credit, CLE must be notified in advance. NZLS CLE Ltd reserves the right to cancel or reschedule seminars if necessary.

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