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Techniques to Avoid and Resolve Deadlocks in Closely Held Companies

September 11, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

One of the biggest risks to a closely held company is a dispute among the members of its ownership group. The members may disagree about a major company transaction, the strategic direction of the company, distribution practices, or simply develop ruinous inter-personal issues. In closely held companies that are held by a single family, disputes are particularly personal, often arising when members of a junior generation succeed to the interests and leadership role of the senior generation. Unless these disputes are carefully channeled into dispute resolution mechanisms, the stability and financial success of the company is threatened. This program will provide you with a guide to the sources of disputes in closely held companies and mechanisms for resolution, with an emphasis using buy/sell agreements to resolve disputes.

Handout Materials will be emailed to you prior to the seminar
1.0 MCLE Credit Hours


• Common sources of disputes and deadlocks in closely-held companies
• Planning and drafting mechanisms to resolve disputes
• Conflicts over strategic transactions, distributions, or inter-personal relations
• Practical use of buy/sell agreements to liquidate interest of dissenting member
• Major elements of buy/sell agreements – triggering events, valuation, funding buyout and they may provoke dispute
• Alternatives to using buy/sell agreements


Lee Terry, Davis, Graham & Stubbs, LLP – Denver