Turning your startup into an IPO is a massive step. It shows your years of consistent efforts towards your dream. However, along with significant accomplishments comes big responsibility. In simple terms, as more people are investing their money, time, and efforts into your business, it is your responsibility to show progress.
Not only this but holding an annual shareholder meeting is also a regulatory requirement. The meeting must also provide valuable information about the company’s affairs and the utilization of money.
That means, if it’s your first time holding a shareholder meeting, you must follow the checklist.
What is included in this checklist? Let’s find out!
Give A Prior Notice
According to the regulations, all the investors, officers, and employee shareholders or any other person who holds the shares of your company have the “right to disclosure” of any important news regarding the company and its assets.
In most states, you need to give at least ten days’ prior notice to the investors, either by mailing or in person. Nonetheless, it is better to send a written notice to avoid any dispute later on.
Also, the notice should include proper and correct information about- date, time, location, and agenda of the meeting. In addition to this, you must also send a follow-up mail.
Sign An Attendance Sheet And Document Everything
On the day of the meeting, you must ask every shareholder to sign the attendance sheet. It will act as proof of their presence during the meeting. Also, distribute an updated agenda including the name of the board member who will be speaking.
In addition to this, you must also ensure that everything said or happened during the meeting is recorded. In short, take minutes of the meeting.
It is also advisable to conduct the meeting in the presence of a business attorney. They can state the guidelines and help resolve any issue that may arise.
Conducting The Meeting
As your meeting will include significant investors, officers, and people, you need to ensure that the venue’s safety is superior. You can also hire a professional security service so that the shareholders feel comfortable and safe. Moreover, hiring security personnel will also provide executive protection, along with a fast emergency response.
Once every shareholder arrives safely, you need to follow certain criteria to begin the meeting. Usually, the chairman of BOD (board of directors) runs the meeting by introducing the topic. Likewise, when the meeting is concluded, the chairman will declare the adjourned meeting. Or set a date for the next meeting.
Compliance Practices And Records
Having clear records of shareholders’ meetings is a must. It will benefit you in future mergers or acquisitions and protect you from any legal liability.
Not to forget, when you have proper documentation along with minutes of the meeting of every attendee, you will be able to protect your company from any kind of offset. So, no matter what, you must have everything on record.
To Sum It All Up!
As shareholders meeting holds great importance for entrepreneurs, you follow the above-written guidelines when holding a successful meeting. Make sure the meeting has a specific agenda, and utmost security is provided to the shareholders.