Roles of the shareholders
In general, shareholders have little power over the directors and how they run the company. Their main role is to attend meetings and discuss whatever is on the agenda to ensure the directors do not go beyond their powers – and provide shareholders’ consent where required.
Shareholders have a right to bring legal action against the director when any act done by him in any manner is prejudicial against the affairs of the company. Shareholders also have the right to attend and vote at the annual general body meeting. Shareholders also have a right to appoint the company auditors.
In the case of company debts, the shareholders are only personally liable for the debt to the value of the money they have invested in the company. … The finances of the business and its shareholders are considered to be one and the same. Therefore, the shareholders are legally liable for the debts of the business.
A person who owns one or more shares of stock in a joint-stock company or a corporation. … The definition of a shareholder is a person who owns shares in a company. Someone who owns stock in Apple is an example of a shareholder.
Members give certain powers to the company’s directors to run the company on their behalf. What is a shareholder? A shareholder is someone who buys and holds shares in a company which has a share capital – money invested in a company by its shareholders.
One power that minority shareholders have is to make a derivative claim against a director or officer within a company who the minority shareholders believe is not acting within their fiduciary responsibility, such as using company funds for personal use or misleading their investors.
There are several possible ways of removing a shareholder, or forcing a sale of their shares, but care needs to be taken in each case, and a tactical approach is required. … Consider passing a special resolution (75% majority) to alter the articles to include provisions to force a sale of the shares, say for fair value.
If a company goes into liquidation, all of its assets are distributed to its creditors. Secured creditors are first in line. Next are unsecured creditors, including employees who are owed money. Stockholders are paid last.
Common shareholders are granted six rights: voting power, ownership, the right to transfer ownership, dividends, the right to inspect corporate documents, and the right to sue for wrongful acts.
Profits made by limited by shares companies are often distributed to their members (shareholders) in the form of cash dividend payments. Dividends are issued to all members whose shares provide dividend rights, which most do.