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Share Sale and Purchase Agreement

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Share Sale and Purchase Agreement

A Share Sale and Purchase Agreement is an agreement for the sale and purchase of a stated number of shares at an agreed price. The shareholder selling their shares is the seller and the party buying the shares is the buyer. This agreement details the terms and conditions of the sale and purchase of the shares.

Note that the seller must be the owner (i.e the shareholder) of the shares it intends to sell in which case, it may decide to sell all or part of its shares. If the shareholder sells its entire shares in a company, it completely divests its interest in the shares in the company and automatically ceases to be a shareholder of the company. Also, before a party can transfer/sell shares, such party must hold shares in that company and can not transfer more than it has.

What distinguishes this document from a Share Subscription Agreement is that a share subscription agreement is used in cases where a company is selling their own shares, while in share sale and purchase agreement, a shareholder of the company is selling an already issued shares to another party.

Shares are fixed identifiable units of capital that represents a member's stake in a company. Once a person holds shares in a company such party becomes a member of the company with the right to transfer and transmit the shares. The various classes of shares that can be offered by a company are: ordinary shares, preference shares, deferred ordinary shares, cumulative preference shares, redeemable preference shares, etc.

The document outlines the parties to the transaction, description of the shares being offered for sale, purchase price (consideration), warranties and representations of the parties, pre-completion and post-completion requirements, etc.

  • The parties: The parties to this agreement are the seller, the buyer and the company whose shares are being sold. Note that the seller or buyer can either be an individual, company or any other organization. This is because a company and organizations, like business names and incorporated trustees, can own shares in a company.
  • The shares: In this document, the form filler will be required to set out the type and the amount of shares to be sold to the transferee(s)/investor(s).
  • The consideration: This is the purchase price of all the shares sold under the agreement. In this agreement, the form filler will be required to include the purchase price, how and when the purchase price will be paid. This includes:
    • whether the buyer(s) will be required to pay deposit;
    • whether the payment will be made in installments or by a single lump sum;
    • the mode of payment;
    • when the payment will be made, etc.
  • Completion: This occurs when the buyer(s) is granted title and ownership of the shares. This includes the date of completion and the place of completion. It also includes the obligations of the parties after completion (such as, the transfer of title documents to the buyer(s)).
  • Covenants and representations of the parties: This is the legal promise to do or refrain from doing certain acts. The document also contain the covenants of the seller and buyer(s).
  • Termination: This occurs when any of the parties decide not to continue with the agreement. This may occur in a number of situations such as where all the parties mutually agree to terminate the contract, where the warranties/representations of the seller/company are untrue, where the buyer(s) fails to pay the purchase price (but in this case will be liable to pay damages and other reliefs available to the seller as penalty for the default), etc.

How to use this document

This document is used when a party decides to sell part of or its entire shares to another. After completing this document, the parties should sign the document.

If either of the parties is a company, the common seal of the company should be affixed on the document, and either two directors or one director and one secretary should sign the document on behalf of the seller.

If either of the parties is an organization other than a company, an authorized representative of the organization should sign the document. Note that an authorized representative is a person in the position of office, for example, a general manager, managing partner, partner, etc.

Once all the parties have signed the document, each party should keep at least one original signed copy of the document for their record.

After this is done, the company must file the following document to the Corporate Affairs Commission to reflect the acquisition of shares by the buyer(s):

  • Form CAC2A (Return of Allotment);
  • board resolution of the company (whose shares are being transferred) approving the transfer of shares;
  • if the seller is a company, board resolution of the company approving the transfer of shares;
  • if the buyer is a company, board resolution accepting the transfer of shares; and
  • a share transfer form.

After the post incorporation filing is done, the company must take steps to ensure that the name of the buyer(s) is entered in the register of members of the company (if the buyer is not already a member of the company).

Applicable law

The Companies and Allied Matters Act is the applicable law. Also, the Investment and Securities Act and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Rules are applicable. The general rules of contract are also applicable.

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