McGuireWoods London partner Simon Hems and associate
Chloe Steele wrote an article in the Oct.-Dec. 2021 issue of Corporate Disputes magazine discussing how best to avoid
shareholder disputes about business performance in a post-pandemic world.
In the article — titled “An Epidemic of Dissatisfaction” — Hems and Steele
noted that there has been considerable frustration in the business world
during the pandemic, causing people to look at their businesses and
investments differently and often leading to disputes between shareholders
and directors. They advised practicing good internal communications and
soliciting the help of independent third parties to talk through issues so
that shareholder disputes can be avoided.
In these unique times, they remarked, “[a] clear understanding of why
things are happening and decisions being taken, goes a long way to avoid
disgruntlement turning into litigation.”