The Power of STAK in Acquisitions

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Jun 25, 2024 5:00:00 PM

In the realm of corporate acquisitions, there's a structure increasingly catching the attention of entrepreneurs and investors: the STAK, or Stichting Administratiekantoor. While this concept may be new to many, it offers a range of benefits and can be a powerful tool in executing acquisitions. Let's delve deeper into what STAK is, its advantages in acquisitions, and how it operates.

What is a STAK?

A STAK, or Stichting Administratiekantoor, is a legal entity established to manage share certificates. In a STAK, the economic rights of the shares are separated from the voting rights. This means the STAK holds the shares on behalf of the certificate holders, while control over the company remains with the board of directors or management.

Benefits of STAK in Acquisitions

  1. Flexibility in Structuring: STAKs offer a high degree of flexibility in structuring acquisitions. As the STAK retains control over the shares, investors can easily participate in acquisition activities without necessitating significant changes to the company's structure.

  2. Anonymity and Confidentiality: Another advantage of STAKs in acquisitions is the ability to maintain investor anonymity. Acting as an intermediary, STAKs allow investors to hold stakes in a company without disclosing their identities publicly.

  3. Protection against Hostile Takeovers: STAKs can also serve as a defense mechanism against hostile takeovers. By placing control of the shares in the hands of the STAK, it becomes more challenging for external parties to gain control of the company without the STAK's approval.

  4. Continuity and Stability: STAKs can contribute to the continuity and stability of a company during and after an acquisition. Since control over the shares remains with the STAK, the company's operational activities can continue without disruptions due to changes in shareholding.

  5. Tax Benefits: Depending on the jurisdiction, STAKs may offer tax benefits in acquisitions. By leveraging specific tax regulations, investors can establish tax-efficient structures for acquisition activities.

How Does a STAK Work in Acquisitions?

  1. Establishment of the STAK: The first step in using a STAK for an acquisition is establishing the STAK itself. This involves drafting the STAK's articles of association and appointing a board to manage the shares on behalf of the certificate holders.

  2. Issuance of Certificates: Subsequently, share certificates are issued to investors. These certificates represent the investors' economic interests in the company, while control over the shares remains with the STAK.

  3. Negotiation and Acquisition: With the STAK in place, investors can participate in negotiation processes for an acquisition. Since control over the shares remains with the STAK, investors can maintain their interests while the transaction is completed.

  4. Decision-Making: During and after the acquisition, the STAK continues to exercise control over the shares on behalf of the certificate holders. This means investors are not directly involved in the decision-making within the company but still benefit from any value creation.

  5. Distributions and Returns: Any distributions such as dividends or proceeds from the sale of the company are distributed to the certificate holders through the STAK, following the rules and regulations outlined in the STAK's articles of association.


In this exploration of STAKs in acquisitions, we've discussed their benefits, but you may still have specific questions. Therefore, we invite you to schedule a personal call with the CEO of Share Council. During this call, we can delve deeper into your needs and questions, and together explore how STAKs fit into your business strategy. Feel free to contact us to arrange an appointment.