However, when selecting a suite for a seed funding round, the following factors should be taken into account: Our goal is simple: to promote industry legal documentation in the UK, so that investors and entrepreneurs can focus on specific market issues. This will inevitably save time and money and follow the previous one in the United States. We encourage all parties to use these documents as a starting point for their investments. Exclusion of liability: neither the BVCA nor any member of its committees or working groups assumes any responsibility for the content of the documents or the consequences of their use and that it is essential to obtain legal advice before using the documents. These documents serve only as a starting point and must be tailored to your specific legal and business requirements. None of these documents should be construed as legal advice for specific facts or circumstances. The BVCA thanks Susanna Stanfield (JAG Shaw Baker), John Heard (Abingworth), Sally Roberts (Accel), Jon Tilley (Practical Law), Andrew Wigfall and David Strong (both Marriott Harrison) for their continued support throughout this project. We remain grateful to the participants in this project: Simon Walker (formerly Taylor Wessing), Alastair Breward (ex-Amadeus) and Steve Parkinson (ex-EY). Classification of shares: Accounting standards (including international and UK accounting standards) establish principles for the presentation of financial instruments as liabilities or equity. Enterprises should audit the terms and rights associated with shares (and in particular preferred shares) in order to determine the classification and presentation of those instruments in an entity`s financial statements. Depending on the facts or circumstances, certain types of shares may be classified as debts according to accounting standards.

Companies should consult with their statutory auditors prior to the completion of the articles of association if they want to ensure that preferred shares are treated as equity in the entity`s accounts. The BVCA model documents were developed for use in a Series A funding cycle. They provide for a significant investment made in whole or in part by investors. The BVCA believes that the standard documents are not appropriate for use in a start-up funding cycle. These rounds are usually documented using shorter form documents, either replaced or updated for an A-series round. Many law firms, networks of entrepreneurs and other organizations offer documents adapted to the needs of seed investments available on the Internet. Due to its great diversity and the diversity of seed investment conditions, the BVCA makes no concrete recommendations on the most appropriate suite. The subscription and shareholding contract has been designed to be signed as this contract that avoids the execution formalities necessary for the act. This approach is usually supported by the lawyer`s opinion (available here) with the cavee that one should always get specific legal advice for each situation. These documents have been prepared for use in a Series A funding cycle. They provide for a significant investment made in whole or in part by investors.

You do not lend yourself to seed investments and for more information to help entrepreneurs in this area, see the drop-down tab on the right. We would also be delighted to have feedback before our next review in 2019. In October 2014, the BVCA published a revised version of its Term Sheet model, the subscription and shareholders` agreement and articles of association, as well as an accounting meeting on the treatment of preferred shares (either in the form of debt or equity in the company`s financial statements). In September 2015, the model articles of association were amended to amend the Companies Act 2006 with regard to the legal requirements applicable to companies in the event of share buybacks. . . .