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Co-investors can't force a partner to quit.

Summary: You should review the memorandum of association of the company assuming it is a limited liability company.

Ashish Mehta

An investor/shareholder can be manager in the company and entitled to a management fee for managing the company. - Alamy Image

I have got an investor visa. My mother and I got a trade licence. We have been owning a company in the UAE since 2016. I previously expressed my desire to leave the company, although formally I never resigned.

My co-investor has now forced me to leave the workplace and refused to pay my salary claiming that the company has no funds. This is not true as I have managed the company and know that there is money in two different countries.

I have been upset for the last 6 months. Due to irreconcilable differences and false accusations of theft in October 2017, I decided to take part of my gratuity early. The said gratuity was withdrawn as a precautionary measure, so the funds did not go missing in the account. I have not signed any contract and have been never asked to leave officially. I have not received my salary and entitlements in full.

Am I entitled to take action and consult the labour department?

Pursuant to your queries, we understand you are an investor/shareholder in company and not an employee. As an investor/shareholder, you can be manager in the company and you may be entitled to a management fee for managing it; not salary as mentioned by you. What you have stated above is contradictory - you could either be a shareholder or an employee; not both. You should review the memorandum of association of the company assuming it is a limited liability company. If you are mere investor/shareholder in the organisation, you are eligible for the profits of the company in accordance with the provisions of its memorandum of association. Your co-investors or partners cannot demand you to leave or resign from the company. Instead, if you are willing to sell your shares in this company, you and other partners need to agree to a consideration (amount) to be paid to you. It should be checked that you are fully authorised to withdrawal funds from the company failing which your other partners may accuse you of unauthorised withdrawal of funds outside the course of regular business.

Know the law

An investor/shareholder can be manager in the company and entitled to a management fee for managing the company. He/she is eligible for the profits of the company in accordance with the provisions of the firm's memorandum of association.

Ashish Mehta is the founder and Managing Partner of Ashish Mehta & Associates. He is qualified to practise law in Dubai, the United Kingdom, Singapore, and India. Full details of his firm on: www.amalawyers.com. Readers may e-mail their questions to: news@khaleejtimes.com or send them to Legal View, Khaleej Times, PO Box 11243, Dubai.

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Publication:Khaleej Times (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
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Date:Feb 11, 2018
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