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Multiple share classes (A and B shares etc.) can be created by a company to allow that company to issue shares that carry different rights. This gives the company/shareholders a great deal of flexibility.

Share classes are most commonly created to allow a company to declare different dividends on different share classes (e.g. a dividend of £1 per share on ‘A’ shares but £2 per share on ‘B’ shares) but they can also be created to provide, for example, differing voting rights to A and B Shares or differing rights to a return of capital on a winding-up.

MULTIPLE SHARE CLASSES DRAFTING SERVICE

From £400+VAT

Please contact us for a fixed quotation.

What does our package include?

  1. Telephone Consultation – to provide guidance and to take detailed instructions.
  2. Review of existing Articles – reviewing the company’s existing Articles and any other relevant documentation, such as a Shareholders Agreement
  3. Drafting Articles – Drafting appropriate Articles of Association or variations to your existing Articles.
  4. Resolutions – Drafting shareholders and directors resolutions to approve and adopt the new/amended articles.
  5. Re-designation – Re-designating an existing share class, if appropriate.
  6. Issuing new shares – if appropriate.
  7. Filings – Making the necessary filing at Companies House.
  8. Guidance – Providing full instructions for directors and shareholders.

We will provide you with a fixed quotation for preparing all of the necessary documentation.

The rights attaching to each share class must be set out in the company’s Articles of Association. This can be achieved by amending the exiting Articles or adopting new ones. Articles of Association (and amendments thereto) are adopted by a special resolution of the members.

NOTE: All shares in a company have exactly the same rights unless the Articles of Association specify otherwise. Renaming (redesignating) the shares and making an appropriate filing at Companies House has no effect unless the Articles are also amended.