Protecting Shareholders When the Nature of the Business Partnership Changes
When business co-owners and partnerships enter into their business venture, they typically see eye-to-eye about the obligations that each owner has relating to control, intellectual property, capital contributions, buy-outs, operations, and how to best grow the company. Minority shareholders feel protected despite their minority status and 50-50 partnerships feel safe and long-lasting. Family members, close friends, and neighbors often go into business together, creating an added sense of security and no one is worried about shareholder disputes.
However, as businesses grow, disagreements are sometimes inevitable. Majority owners may want more of a successful company for themselves. 51-49 owners may seek to take control over all decision making. Minority owners who held employment status with the company may be let go or forced to accept unfair proportions of compensation. Closely-held business shareholder disputes can threaten a company’s health and growth.
Our business litigation attorneys have handled shareholder disputes relating to:
The firm can be creative with regard to fee structures with shareholder disputes and minority shareholder clients. We can handle cases hourly or can reduce our fee in order to obtain a partial contingency in the amount recovered. We are willing to work with you to ensure that you have the ability to pursue a fair outcome. Our firm also gives free consultations for business shareholder cases. If you are having an issue with a co-owner or partner, we may be able to help.