A share is a unit of ownership in a company. In most cases, it is a commercial company with limited liability.

Does owning shares in a company entitle me to anything?

Being a shareholder means that you own a part of the company’s capital but you are not held personally liable for the company’s debts.

What do I need to look for when I buy shares in a company?

If you are about to buy shares in a company ask for a shareholders agreement. A shareholders agreement is a contract that regulates the rights of shareholders in their ownership of shares in a company. Without a shareholders agreement you may have very few rights. The time to finalise a shareholders agreement is before you pay money for the shares.