Even if you own one share of a company's stock, that's enough to make you an owner. Depending on the class of the shares, you have voting rights. As such, you may want to attend shareholders' meetings and discuss and vote on important decisions.
If you're unable to attend a meeting for some reason, you can use a Shareholder's Appointment of Representative to send a representative.
It may not be convenient for shareholders to attend a corporation's formal meetings even if they have voting rights. They may have invested in a blue-chip company for investment purposes only.
In any event, you can always choose to send a representative to cast a critical vote for you in a shareholders' meeting. That's irrespective of how many shares you own versus the total outstanding shares.
Furthermore, corporate shareholders and other non-human shareholders can appoint representatives to attend meetings and vote.
Depending on your state, a Shareholder's Appointment of Representative may also be known as:
Appointment of Shareholders' Representative
Appointment of Proxy for the Shareholders
Representation Letter for Individual Shareholder
Suppose you're a shareholder but unable to attend a shareholders' meeting for whatever reason. In that case, you will need a Shareholder's Appointment of Representative to designate a representative to participate in the meeting and act on your behalf. It doesn't matter if the shareholder is abroad or incapacitated. For the more extraordinary circumstances, a Shareholder's Appointment of Representative may not always be enough. On top of it, you may need a Power of Attorney to have your attorney-in-fact execute the appointment for you.
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An essential step is getting the specificities and instructions as to what you'd like the representative to do in your place. That's, also, to properly appointing a representative so it will not come into dispute.
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Corporation details: The legal name of the corporation, address, and governing law.
Effective date: The date when the document becomes valid.
Shareholder details: The shareholder's personal information, including the legal name and current address.
Representative details: The representative's personal information, including the full name and current address.
Information on shares: The number and type of shares held, where some may have more voting rights than others.
Voting instructions: Complete directive on how the representative should vote.
Signature: The shareholder will have to sign the document.
Share/stock: The stock is all of the shares that represent the ownership of the company. For instance, the standard description is – so and so owns 100 shares of Apple stock (stock symbol AAPL).
Shareholder/Stockholder: An individual or entity holding shares in a company.
Board of Directors: A group of people appointed to supervise a corporation and act on behalf of the shareholders.
Proxy: A representative, most commonly used in proxy voting.
Bylaws: An in-house set of rules and regulations as set by a corporation.
To avoid any errors or problems with the Shareholder's Appointment of Representative, it's best to review thoroughly before signing. Keep in mind, even in the presence of errors, the document can still be valid as long as it's signed.
You should share your Shareholder's Appointment of the Representative document with the representative. It should also be distributed to all the meeting attendees, which includes the chairperson and secretary of the corporation.
The shareholder does not have to sign the Shareholder's Appointment of Representative in the presence of a notary public. The document is legally enforceable with just the signature and it is not necessary to have witnesses to the signature either. An exception to the rule could come from the company’s bylaws if they stipulate otherwise. Regardless, if you so choose, you can also have the document and signature notarized to prevent potential challenges.
If the shareholder hasn’t provided specific instructions to the representative, it'd be up to the representative’s best judgment as to how to represent the shareholder's interest. Regardless of their decisions, the representative is not responsible for the outcome of those decisions, the responsibility of which rests with the shareholder.
Yes. It is frequently arranged as such, especially if two or more shareholders are in agreement as to how they will cast their votes. Conversely, a representative does not have to be a shareholder. The only requirement is that it has to be an adult of legal age and competence.
A representative can vote on what’s defined as “normal” corporate matters, which means that they are not to vote on major corporate issues. For example, a representative or proxy would not be able to vote to approve or reject a merger, unless they have the specific authority to do so.
In most cases, a Shareholder’s Appointment of Representative can be revoked. The exception would be if the appointment was made irrevocable in the first place, which usually is not the case. A shareholder can revoke the appointment by showing up for the vote in person. Alternatively, he or she can revoke it by appointing another representative. Also, if the shareholder is to sell their shares in the company, the representative's appointment is automatically annulled.
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