Shareholder oppression – valuation issues

Shareholder oppression or minority shareholder oppression can occur when the majority (shareholder(s)) in an entity misuse their majority to oppress or control the minority shareholders.  There are is not a limited number or combination of activities which the majority may engage in to oppress the minority, sometimes referred to as “sharp practice” or “board room tactics”, the possibilities are almost infinite. [Read more…]

Shareholder oppression – Victorian Supreme Court adopts pilot program to resolve oppression claims

On 1 October 2014 (Commencement), the Victorian Supreme Court commenced a pilot program to deal with applications under section 232 of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) (Act).  Practice Note No. 5 of 2014 (Practice Note) describes the new process for dealing with applications to Court seeking relief under section 233 of the Act.  The Practice Note states that the Court will operate a six (6) month pilot program (Program) to deal with oppression actions, for the stated aim of “just, efficient, timely and cost-effective resolution of the real issues in dispute”.

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Shareholder oppression

What is shareholder oppression?

Shareholder oppression can occur when the majority shareholders in a company misuse their power to oppress the minority shareholders.

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Top 7 mistakes made in Shareholders’ Agreements

Shareholders Agreements’ or “Business Wills” as recently referred to by Paul Betti of Australian Financial Advisers, are commonly created at the beginning of a business venture.  They attempt to regulate the conduct of the shareholders who are establishing a new venture and apply not only to Pty Ltd Companies, but to Partnerships and other commercial entities.
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