Shareholders’ rights and benefits can differ if the shares are divided into different types or “classes”. Each share class may have a variety of characteristics associated with them including voting rights, dividend rights and liquidation preference.
Broadly, there are two classes of shares that are applicable to a startup: Ordinary Shares and Preferred Shares.
Clara categorizes shares as Ordinary, Ordinary (non-voting) or Preferred Shares. The rights attaching to the different classes of shares are set out in a company’s Articles of Association.