Minority Shareholders – Fighting The Man
by: Richard A. Chapo
Investing in a corporate entity is fairly standard practice in our society. Problems arise when you own a small percentage of shares, but disagree with the direction the majority shareholders are taking the entity. As a minority shareholder, do you have any way to fight “the man”, to wit, the majority shareholders?
A couple of your friends come up with a great business idea, but need start-up capital. You agree to provide $10,000 for 30 percent of the shares. A corporation is formed, but the friends take the business in a direction you don’t like. What can you do?
The first step for a minority shareholder is to look at the bylaws of the corporation...