Business Structure  Advice

We can help you to choose the best business structure for your needs. We can set up a company, trust structure, or partnership agreement, which is aligned with your accountant’s advice on tax-effective business structures. If you need an accountant, we can refer you to someone from our network.
Over the years, we have helped new and existing businesses, owner-operators, individuals going into partnership, individuals buying into companies, and companies going into joint ventures.
We can apply our extensive experience as business lawyers to drafting or updating any agreements or instruments you need for establishing a new business structure or updating an existing one, like joint venture and partnership agreements, trusts, company constitutions, shareholders’ agreements, share transfer agreements, and shareholder deeds of accession.
For help with your business structuring, contact Stevensen Business Lawyers today.

HELP FOR YOUR NEW BUSINESS

If another party has given you a Partnership Agreement or a Shareholders’ Agreement to sign and you want to know what it means and how best to protect your position, you should contact us without delay.

We aim to work with you to align your business structuring documents with your personal goals and strategic business plans, including financing, profit distribution, decision-making by business partners, meetings, dispute resolution, exit plans, and succession plans.
Our business support services also include preparing or updating loan agreements, finance securities documents, business terms and conditions, employment contracts, employee share schemes, confidentiality agreements, IP agreements, supply agreements, and services agreements.
For help with the documents needed to set up your new business investment, contact us today.

IF YOU ALREADY HAVE A COMPANY STRUCTURE, PARTICULARLY IF YOU GOT IT ‘OFF THE SHELF,’ IT NEEDS REGULAR CHECKING AND UPDATING

Things change, and your contracts may need updating to reflect this. Your business may have grown, or maybe you are thinking of restructuring it to accommodate a new investor.

We have years of experience, as both contract lawyers and dispute resolution lawyers, so we know it generally costs less to have these documents regularly checked and customised by your business lawyer than risk the legal costs of a dispute between business partners or shareholders in a company.
If you need any help with updating your business arrangements, contact Stevensen Business Lawyers today.

ONBOARDING INVESTORS INTO YOUR COMPANY

Whether you are a start-up business seeking funding from investors or an existing business thinking of ways to facilitate capital injection into your growing business by investors, it is important for you to get expert advice. We can help you get your business legal structure ready and able to attract potential buyers of shares in your company, or help get a loan from a start-up investor.
We can prepare or review the documents needed to get private funding for your start-up by investors. We can negotiate on your behalf throughout the transaction. We can review contract documents proposed by seed or early-stage investors or any other participant.

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ

A shareholders agreement is a contract negotiated between the owners of a company setting out their mutual rights and obligations as shareholders and directors, capital contributions, business plans, and mechanisms for decision-making, meetings, dispute resolution, profit distribution, exit provisions, and liabilities. Together with a company constitution, they replace the basic set of rules for internal management of a company that comes with the Replaceable Rules under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth).