The founder of a company asked me whether he needs a buy-sell agreement. Having granted shares to key personnel, he wanted to make sure that a departure from the team did not jeopardize the company’s operations.
A buy-sell agreement can apply to any type of closely-held business (one in which ownership and voting control are concentrated in the hands of a few investors). I will refer, below, to shareholders of a corporation. However, most of the following information applies equally to members of a limited liability company and partners in a partnership. (more…)