Shareholder protection allows business owners to buy shares back from any partner who is diagnosed with a critical or terminal illness, or dies. This policy helps surviving owners stay in control and minimises disruption to the business.
Why shareholder protection matters
Dealing with ownership in a company can be difficult in the event of an untimely death or illness.
A shareholder arrangement sets out how the shares should be valued and gives the surviving shareholders the right to buy the shares, or the outgoing shareholder the right to sell.
Why recommend AIG
If you choose to recommend AIG’s share purchase protection, we offer:
- Share protection for most limited companies
- A choice of life or life and critical illness cover
- The flexibility to adjust cover when the financial needs of the business change*
*Changes are subject to certain limits and conditions.
Setting up shareholder protection
Each individual shareholder can take out separate cover for themselves (known as an ‘own life’ policy). This insures them for a sum assured equivalent to the value of their company shares. If they choose to, they can write this into trust to benefit their co-shareholders.
You may also need your shareholding clients to enter into an explicit agreement that if one of them dies, the remaining shareholders can buy their shares from their personal representatives.
They can also agree that if one of them suffers a critical illness, the affected shareholder can choose to sell their share. If they decide to do this, the remaining shareholders must buy it.
These are called double and single option agreements. We have a dedicated specimen option agreements and a specimen business trust document. We cannot advise on whether putting a plan into a trust would be suitable for the client’s particular circumstances and would recommend that they take professional legal advice on the suitability of these specimen documents.
Any policies you set up must be aligned with the Articles of Association and the shareholders’ agreement. There may also need to be a trust and/or buyback document in place, for them to be effective.
We give the person insured access to Best Doctors for invaluable second medical opinions. Their knowledge helps the individual and their immediate family get the right diagnosis, treatment and care.
Best Doctors is a non-contractual benefit which can be withdrawn at any time without notice.
Literature and support materials
Business Protection Guide
This Business Protection help to support and streamline the advice process.
Reasons why - Business Protection
A guide to provide an example of what a ‘reasons why’ letter could contain.
Term Assurance for Business - Cover Details
Read our Cover Details for an explanation of how AIG's Business Protection cover with Term Assurance works.
Critical Illness for Business - Cover Details
Read our Cover Details for an explanation of how AIG's Business Protection - Critical Illness with Term Assurance product works.