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Shareholders Disputes

Shareholders Disputes can be one of the most bitter types of disputes.

When parties have conflicting interests, no longer share the same vision over management or direction of the company, or doubt each other, the breakdown of trust may evolve into an acrimonious situation. This can bring business to a standstill and destroy the value of a hard-built business. It is therefore important to resolve swiftly disputes to minimise the business impact. 

We understand every client may have different preferences when a dispute develops: some wish to salvage the relationship while others simply to exit. Our highly experienced litigation team can assist you with the issues so that you can identify the best course and any consequential action that you intend to take, such as attracting new investor(s).

We have acted for both majority and minority shareholders, as well as directors and management. In some cases, disputes can be settled sensibly by negotiation – others may require a stern approach at trial. We have the legal knowledge and experience to achieve your ultimate aim. 

Our work involves:

  • Shareholder rights
  • Breach of fiduciary duty
  • Acting outside of powers granted by company
  • Making a secret profit and dissipation of assets to another company
  • Minority shareholder claims and derivative action
  • Commercial fraud
  • Company dissolution
  • Conflict of interests
  • Director disqualification
  • Insolvency
  • Director’s duties and liabilities
  • Removal or wrongful removal of directors
  • Purchase of shareholder’s interests

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