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I am a class B shareholder in a business... I own 50% equity. Can I open another business on my own? And If the class A shareholder votes me out of the company, do they have to give me my equity back or can they hold on to it till they sell the business?

Asked over 5 years ago in Edmonton, Alberta
Categories: Business Law

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Katherine MacRae

Answer by Katherine MacRae

VerifiedAlberta lawyer

Unless the company you start is in the same business as the existing company AND you signed a non competition agreement, you can start a new company.
A shareholder cannot be "voted out" of the company as a shareholder.  If you have a unanimous shareholder agreement, it may govern a buy back of your shares, but otherwise, you have shareholder rights, whether or not your Class "B" Shares are voting shares.

Posted over 5 years ago

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<br />Even if this person has 100 voting rights and&nbsp;I have none? <br />We never signed a competition agreement... but there is something listed in the articles of incorporation, and it states: If the corporation is restricted from carrying on a certain business,or restricted to carrying on a certain business, specify the restriction(s):&nbsp; and under that it says None. What does that mean exactly? Does that have anything to do with me opening another business of the same?

Posted over 5 years ago

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