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Drafting Stockholder Agreements - Part 1

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Stockholders' agreements can make or break a closely held company. Voting control is allocated, distribution policies established, buy-sell mechanisms defined, and the relationship of the owners organized. Most of the big decisions of a closely held company are made in the stockholders' agreement.

In the context of S Corporations, these agreements take on even more importance in the form of various restrictions to ensure the corporation does not lose its pass-through status for federal income tax purposes.

This program provides a guide to planning and drafting the most essential provisions of stockholders' agreements for C and S corporations.

Part 1 topics include:

  • Practical uses of stockholders' agreements
  • Management and voting rights – what events trigger a vote and by whom
  • Economic rights – distributions, taxes, and liquidations
  • Information rights – access to operational, financial and tax information


  • Frank Ciatto

    Frank Ciatto is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Venable, LLP, where he has 20 years' experience advising clients on mergers and acquisitions, limited liability companies, tax and accounting issues, and corporate finance transactions. He is a leader of his firm's private equity and hedge fund groups and a member of the Mergers & Acquisitions Subcommittee of the ABA Business Law Section. He is a Certified Public Accountant and earlier in his career worked at what is now PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York. Mr. Ciatto earned his B.A., cum laude, at Georgetown University and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.

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  • Molly Merritts

    Molly Merritts is an attorney in the Washington, D.C. office of Venable LLP, where she focuses her practice on a wide range of corporate law matters, including mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financing, and real estate investment trusts. She also advises clients on corporate governance matters, transactional and commercial contract negotiations, and corporate reorganizations.

    Molly earned her B.S. from the University of Maryland, and her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.

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June 11, 2024
Tue 1:00 PM EDT

Duration 1H 0M

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