Shareholder Disputes

Breach of Contract & Fiduciary Duty | Dissolution | Buy-out & Appraisal Proceedings | Minority Shareholder Actions | Derivative Actions

We represent shareholders and companies facing in complex shareholder disputes involving issues at the forefront of business today. Our lawyers’ deep knowledge of the myriad factors impacting the marketplace result in cogent and direct advice to corporations, directors, officers and committees,  as well as to individuals involved in a wide array of shareholder dispute and corporate governance matters.

Duffy & Sweeney’s shareholder dispute team routinely advises closely held boards on litigation strategies, corporate indemnification and corporate governance issues; we understand the concepts of fiduciary duty  inherent in these matters.

Our experience spans breach of shareholder and partnership agreements, breach of fiduciary duty, corporate appraisal proceedings, dissolutions, derivative actions, executive compensation claims and beyond.

Our office is based on South Main Street in Providence, Rhode Island in the rapidly developing waterfront / I-195 region, connecting the East Side to Downtown and the Knowledge District. Contact us at 401.455.0700.

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  • The firm favorably resolved, in a confidential manner, a breach of contract matter for a client and his former company in a post-closing dispute involving a consulting agreement.
  • The D&S team prevailed in a major arbitration on behalf of shareholders of a CT-based manufacturer of tankless water heaters in a post-acquisition M&A dispute with the company’s largest shareholder, its private equity fund buyer. In the six-day “baseball” arbitration, the Arbitrator agreed to the dollar figure advanced by D&S, and ordered the claimant to pay all costs associated with the arbitration. The case presented a thorny and novel issue of how damages are to be calculated following a breach of a representation in a stock purchase agreement. The case was featured in Lawyers Weekly.

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