Sale and Purchase of Shares Agreement Template (A186)

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Who can use this Share Sale and Purchase Agreement?

The owners of a company who want to sell their shares and/or  a potential buyer who wants to take over a company can use this share sale and purchase agreement (SPA).

If you want to buy or sell the assets of  business instead of the shares, we have a suitable template here 

What is this Agreement for?

This agreement is for the sale and purchase of a limited company by the sale of all of the shares in the company to the purchaser(s). This agreement is suitable for the acquisition or disposal of a small or medium sized company which has no subsidiaries.

What are the main issues in a share sale?

Due diligence by the buyers is very important: this should be in progress while the formal sale and purchase agreement is being negotiated.

Warranties. The sellers will give several warranties in the SPA with regard to the business– e.g. that the accounts are up-to-date &  all employees have been properly paid.   They will also give a disclosure letter to deal with any anomalies – claims, disputes etc.

Price and payment. The price will usually be paid on completion but sometimes there is more than one payment and/or an adjustment depending on future conduct of the business.

Completion procedure: the sellers will hand over their share certificates  with signed share transfers; resignation letters from directors; board resolutions to authorise the transaction and appoint the directors nominated by the buyers etc.  The procedure can be quite complicated.

Non-competition: usually the sellers will undertake not to compete with the business, at least for an agreed period. They may also agree not to poach  staff or customers or use a name similar to that of the company.

What detailed terms does the Agreement contain?

This nine page share sale agreement contains 13 clauses covering

  • definitions
  • sale and purchase
  • sale price
  • completion
  • warranties
  • indemnity
  • further assurance
  • non-competition
  • payment of costs
  • announcements and confidentiality
  • notices
  • law and jurisdiction
  • a general clause detailing variation, the scope of the agreement, repseverability, assignment and third party rights

An annexure allows for a disclosure letter to be written by the sellers.

You need this document if you want to buy or sell a small or medium-sized limited company, and want to buy or sell all shares in the company

For more information on each of these sections, see our Explanatory Notes  which you will receive when you download the document from our website

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Contract author: commercial solicitor, Giles Dixon


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