Certification of shares

Certification of shares

Are you thinking about letting your children or employees share in your company's profits? Do you want to ensure that you do not lose control of the company? If this is the case, have you ever considered a certification of shares?

You are and you will remain the owner and entrepreneur of your company for the foreseeable future. We understand that you have, after all, built the business from the ground up. However, there will come a time when you can’t or don’t want to run the company and when it’s time to pass it on to the next generation. A successor is often found among children or staff. But how do you avoid conflicts within the family or at work when presenting the successor? One of the possibilities is to certify shares. Simply put, this means that there is separation between ownership and entitlement. The shareholder has control and the certificate holder is entitled to profits. We assist you with your ownership of shares and business succession. By listening and engaging in conversation with you, we can get a clearer idea of your needs which is the base for further advice and guidance. We also take the future into account, especially the time after your death. You can bring all your confidential questions directly to our (junior) solicitors. They would be happy to assist you with designing a certification of shares and your business succession.

We can include advice on and guide with:

  • the creation of a foundation trust and certifying your the shares of your company;
  • establishing the composition of the foundation trust’s board and how this will look in the future;
  • planning your business succession, both for the actual transfer as well as for tax consequences;
  • drawing up a staff shareholding structure without compromising your control.

Examples of recent questions sent to our solicitors:

  • I have a number of employees who have special knowledge about the enterprise. How can I connect them to the company in a better way and prevent/limit them from leaving?
  • I want one of my children to become my successor. How do I avoid conflict with my other children?
  • I read that nowadays it’s possible to issue shares without voting rights. How does this differ from share certificates?
  • My company’s shares can be certified. Does that have any tax consequences?


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