governance lawyers

Many technology companies operate in a state of barely controlled chaos.  Founders and management are thinly stretched, trying to change the world with limited resources.  Cash is tight, there are problems and risks at every turn, and it is often years before stability can be achieved.

As a consequence, the governance of tech companies can be pretty challenging at times.  Directors often need to play a more active role than traditional governance courses might recommend, and they need to continually work around the conflicts involved in having founder and investor representatives at the board table.  To make things worse, the normal rules about decision making don’t apply in many cases because investors have special approval rights over various board decisions.  Joining the board of a high growth tech company is definitely not for the faint hearted.

how we help

We help boards to navigate these difficulties in compliance with their governance documents and company law duties. This includes advising on governance processes for capital raising and m&a transactions, and advising on directors’ duties arising in difficult situations such as where there are disputes with founders or investors or where there are serious solvency concerns.

Of course, we also help companies to get their basic governance documents sorted.  You can see our approach to documents such as constitutions and shareholders’ agreements on our templates page.

“Volpara certainly could not have listed without Simmonds Stewart’s advice and expertise.”

ralph highnam, ceo, volpara health technologies

governance resources

constitution

This constitution intended for use by a company with a simple shareholding structure and only one class of shares.

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