Corporate “Buy /Sell” agreements
Whenever a corporation has more than one shareholder, it is commonly recommended that the shareholders enter into a buy-sell agreement to operate in the event of a shareholder’s death, disability, retirement, or conflict with other shareholders or a number of other specific circumstances.
There are numerous objectives for such an agreement. The agreement can provide for a smooth transfer of the business interest, avoiding potential disputes about the need for the sale/purchase, the price and other terms of sale.
Most importantly the buy-sell agreement creates a degree of liquidity for the normally illiquid shares of a private corporation.