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Roles and Obligations of Shareholders in Singapore Firms

Shareholders are ultimately owners in a firm who stand to gain from the firm’s success. Therefore, shareholders have an essential role in determining the company’s profitability.

Roles and Obligations of Shareholders in Singapore Firms

Shareholders are ultimately owners in a firm who stand to gain from the firm’s success. Therefore, shareholders have an essential role in determining the company’s profitability.

Firms in Singapore address their shareholders with the greatest equality and fairness. Being a shareholder grants you some privileges, but also it entails certain responsibilities. If you want to know any legal aspect about shareholders or corporate firms, the IMC is always there to serve you.

IMC has a workforce of corporate financial consultants who offer the customer unrivaled corporate financial services. They collaborate with the firms to secure the necessary finances. However, this article will cover some of your responsibilities as a shareholder in a Singapore firm.

Significant Responsibilities and Obligations of Shareholders

As we mentioned, being a shareholder comes with various duties, so if you need any legal consultancy in this context, consult IMC. They are the experts at dealing with share concerns or otherwise, and the support crew responds to your inquiries as quickly as possible. Moreover, below are the significant duties and responsibilities of a Shareholder in any Singapore firm:
Purchasing Shares

Your principal responsibility as a shareholder of a Singapore firm is to pay the corporation the whole amount agreed upon in consideration for the shares issued to you. The specific terms and means of payment will vary based on the shares you purchased.

For instance, if you purchase shares through a securities brokerage business, you should pay according to the contract’s provisions between you and the securities brokerage firm. In addition, relevant payment conditions for non-listed company shares will be included in the shareholders’ agreement.

Supporting the Dividend Declaration
If the management has suggested that dividends be declared, it is up to shareholders at the AGM (Annual General Meeting) to agree or reject such a decision.
Directors Appointment
Until otherwise specified in the company’s constitution, shareholders can formally appoint directors by employing their voting rights during a general meeting. However, because directors are in charge of most of the firm’s daily operations, you must vote for qualified and committed directors.
Directors Removal
Shareholders are also in charge of removing incompetent directors. In most cases, shareholders have the sole authority to vote to dismiss a director. However, the board cannot dismiss the directors.
Voting on resolutions relevant to the general business of the firm
Generally, the power to vote entails deciding if to vote for or against every proposed constitution presented at meetings. You are required to submit your vote(s) based on your opinions on how the firm may be operated most efficiently and financially.
Voting on resolutions involving the issuance of new shares by the corporation

A company’s issue of new shares must be approved by its shareholders. As a result, you must analyze the company’s justification for doing so and whether voting on behalf of it will be in the best interests.

For instance, you must be aware that issuing new shares to just one subscriber could result in the suspension of shareholding. It may be disadvantageous to yourself and to all of the firm’s minority shareholders.

Voting on resolutions referring to constitutional modifications to the company
You must use extreme caution while voting on motions about revisions to the company’s constitution. That’s because the constitution frequently contains essential elements like directors’ salaries, the company’s aims, or any constraints on directors’ responsibilities. Any changes to these important rules may thus have a major impact on your privileges as a shareholder.
Voting on planned asset sales for the firm

Shareholders must vote either for or against the contract of the company’s assets if they are of considerable worth.

For listed companies: Any asset sale requires shareholder approval:

  • Worth more than 20% of the firm’s net asset value
  • Accountable for more than 20% of the company’s profits; or
  • Taking over 20% of the company’s market valuation

For non-listed companies: Shareholder permission is only necessary by law if the firm sells all of its assets or operations. However, the company’s policy may also require shareholder approval for asset transactions over a particular amount.

Suppose the business decides to sell a specifically strategic asset. In that case, shareholders should exercise caution in deciding if to vote in support of the sale or not. This is because such a sale may significantly influence the company’s net assets, profitability, and so on.

If you have any doubts regarding the voting rights of the shareholders of Singapore firms, you can consult IMC for better assistance. Also, they collaborate with share market authorities to ensure that the company’s shares comply with securities market legislation when they are offered for public sale.

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Policing Wrongdoing
Suppose, the firm has experienced a violation but does not intend to litigate that conduct. So, it may be the role of the shareholders to bring a lawsuit on its behalf, termed as a derivative action. Also, if a director improperly uses his power to harm the company, the company must generally pass legislation. It must initiate legal action against the non-compliant director.
Providing Updated Information
You must notify the firm if your contact information changes. This guarantees that you obtain key papers such as annual reports, bulletins, and meeting announcements on time.
Reading and replying to Company Communications
You are accountable for reading and, if required, replying to corporate correspondence on a timely basis. If you’re not doing so, you may incur certain consequences.


This article was a quick overview of the role and responsibilities of a corporate shareholder in a Singapore corporation. However, it should be remembered that not all businesses are the same. Some may have modified their standards by writing customized articles. As a result, the company’s articles must be evaluated before seeking shareholder approval. Therefore, it is preferable to accept a reasonable suggestion from the finest source.

IMC might be your greatest bet for top-tier consulting. IMC works directly with financial consultants, and initial public offering (IPO) concerns. Also, it assists the firm in issuing bonus shares, right shares, and the issuance of equity and debt securities.

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