There are several normal events as well as irregular cases that can trigger the withdrawal of a partner from the company. Any potential events should be covered in the buyout agreement. Some of the events requiring a buyback agreement are: other valuation factors are unpaid wages, dividends, or shareholder loans. There are also intangible effects on valuation – if the outgoing shareholder holds an important position within the organisation, this can have a negative impact on business continuity. To avoid this, buyouts can be structured in such a way that a partner, when he leaves, cannot open a competing business or address former customers within a set period of time or on the same geographical site. Buy-sell agreements protect your business from future problems by consolidating what happens if an owner wants or needs to sell their portion of the business. This agreement describes who can buy an owner`s interest, what the price will be, and what will happen to an owner`s portion of the business if it dies, is disabled, retires, goes bankrupt or divorces. To avoid this situation, some buyback agreements use the so-called “Shotgun clause”. This clause is triggered when a shareholder makes an offer to purchase the shares of the other partner(s) at a specified price. The other shareholder must choose one of the two options – either accept the offer or buy the shareholder`s shares offering at the same price. This prevents one of the parties from making a “low-ball” offer. A buy-sell contract, also known as a “buy-back agreement,” is a binding contract between the owners of a tightly managed business that outlines the strategy and agreement in case an owner leaves the business.