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I am a shareholder of a private company I used to work for.

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A public company just bought...
I am a shareholder of a private company I used to work for. A public company just bought us.
When is either my old company or the public company required to give me details on the transaction: whether it is cash, stock or both; when we will be paid out, etc.
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First of all, they are required to provide whatever information shareholder agreement demands. Therefore that document controls. However even without that, default law in Michigan demands that the company must - at the shareholder's request - provide an inspection of records, financial records, balances, etc - see here:

http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(u1lfpq0bqvyj14ss2ij4q3be))/mileg.aspx?page=getObject&objectName=mcl-450-1487

As such, this request can be made and the information sought may be ascertained via the record provided. If the company does not reply or replies poorly, the shareholder can file a Writ of Mandamus in court to force the issue.

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Private company is California based. Public company is Time inc. I live in Michigan.I should have been more clear on that, sorry. Does that change your answer at all?
Business Lawyer: Ely, Attorney replied 2 years ago
No worries at all. Provided one has 5% shareholder rights, CA also has a similar laws. See here:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/displaycode?section=corp&group=01001-02000&file=1600-1605
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Business Lawyer: Ely, Attorney replied 2 years ago
Hello again. This is a courtesy check in to see if you needed anything else in regards ***** ***** question because you never rated positively. I am simply touching base. Let me know. Thanks!
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