Share Purchase Agreement (Short Form) – One Seller, One Buyer

Updated for 2014

This share purchase agreement enables a buyer to purchase shares in a company from a single seller. It sets out the terms on which the sale shares are to be purchased and sold including details of the type and number of shares being sold, the price to be paid for the sale shares, when the price becomes payable, and when the share transfer will occur.

The buyer will purchase the shares on the basis of receiving the benefit of warranties from the seller in relation to the sale shares and the seller’s title to and ability to sell those shares.

Further details are set out below.

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A share purchase agreement sets out the basis upon which one party will sell and the other party will purchase shares in the capital of a company. The agreement contains details of the parties involved, the shares, the price to be paid for the shares, when and how completion of the sale and purchase will take place, what will need to happen on completion, what legal assurances the buyer gets from the seller in relation to the shares and the affairs of the company, and so on.

Under the terms of this share purchase agreement, the sale and purchase of the sale shares will take place on the date that the parties sign and date the share purchase agreement.On that date (the completion date), the seller will deliver a duly executed stock transfer form in respect of the sale shares to the buyer together with the share certificate for those shares. In turn, the buyer will deliver the purchase price to the seller.

A meeting of the board of directors of the company will be convened at which the board will approve the transfer of the shares from the seller to the buyer, write up the company’s share register and issues a new share certificate to the buyer in respect of the shares he has purchased.

In connection with the sale and purchase of the shares, the seller will give certain warranties or legal assurances to the buyer in relation to both the sale shares and its ability to sell those shares. These warranties will generally relate to matters such as the seller’s title to the sale shares, his right to sell them, the fact that there are no security interests or encumbrances of any kind over the shares, etc.

These warranties are important because absent them being true and correct, the seller may not have the required legal rights to transfer the sale shares to the buyer. If they are incorrect in any way and it materialises that the buyer has not acquired full legal title, the buyer will be able to take a legal claim against the seller for breaching the warranties. This claim is called a warranty claim and certain limitations will apply to the taking of such claims – as more specifically described in the notes which accompany the share purchase agreement.

The limitations to warranty claims set out above will not, however, apply where there is a defect in the seller’s title to the sale shares or where the seller has acted in a fraudulent manner or in a manner which has delayed the taking of a warranty claim.

The share purchase agreement also includes standard boiler plate clauses such as in relation to confidentiality, notice requirements, governing laws, etc.

Who should use this share purchase agreement?

As this share purchase agreement is a short form share purchase agreement, it is most suitable for use where:

(i) the buyer is already familiar with the target company (such as where the buyer is already a director or shareholder of the target company); or

(ii) there is a close link between the buyer and seller – such as where they are family members, for example – and there is an element of trust involved in the purchase.

The reason for this is that this short form share purchase agreement does not, unlike the long form version, contain pages of warranties about the company’s business, accounts, assets, employees, litigation, etc. In this case, it is taken that the buyer is aware of all of this and is happy to purchase the business regardless. If the buyer wishes to add any extra warranties, he will most likely be able to find the warranties in the “long form warranties” document available from our website.

A long form version of a share purchase agreement is available on our website.

Detailed instructions on each of the clauses in this share purchase agreement and on completing the share purchase agreement are contained in the notes that accompany the agreement. The share purchase agreement comes in downloadable format.



Clauses Included in this Share Purchase Agreement:

- Definition and Interpretation Clause

- Sale and Purchase Clause

- Consideration Clause

- Completion Clause

- Warranties Clause

- Notices Clause

- Confidentiality Clause

- Costs Clause

- Assignment Clause

- Amendments Clause

- Waiver Clause

- Severability Clause

- Counterparts Clause

- Entire Agreement Clause

- Governing Law and Jurisdiction Clause

- Schedule 1 – Details of Target Company

- Schedule 2 – Documents/Items Delivered on Completion

- Schedule 3 - Warranties

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