A corporate lawyer’s job includes facilitating mergers and investments by and into businesses. Really experienced corporate lawyers become extremely familiar with shareholders’ agreements and joint-venture agreements but young corporate lawyers and law students working at corporate law firm internships are known to look at terms like ROFR, ROFO, tag-along, and drag-along with wonder.
These different types of share transfer restrictions are a massive and complicated topic. To make it easier to understand, we spoke to Arjun Rajgopal (Principal Associate, Khaitan & Co.) and Umakanth V., an Associate Professor at National University Singapore, and among the most respected names in Indian corporate law.
What we have below are two videos which contain a completely lucid, simplified, and practical explanation of shareholder restrictions. In the first part, we discuss their purpose, their different types, and how they work.
In the second part, we look at how Indian laws have treated share transfer restrictions and the massive debate over their enforceability. What did the Companies Act, 1956 say about them and how have things changed with the new Companies Act, 2013?
If you want to be a corporate lawyer, you cannot afford to miss these two videos.