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Power of Attorney

A power of attorney (“POA”) allows someone (the “Principal”) to name another person (the “Attorney”) to deal with specified matters on their behalf, such as the negotiation and signing of certain documents.

POAs are used in various scenarios, for example if a key executive is going to be on holiday and unavailable, they may enter into a POA by appointing another executive as their Attorney.

Similarly, there may be contractual terms in an agreement requiring a party to enter into a POA in certain circumstances. In the Vestd option agreements, it’s a condition of exercising at an Exit Event that the option holder enters into a POA, if required. They must appoint a director of the granting company as their Attorney to execute any relevant documents needed for the share sale.

We have provided examples of both a general POA template that can be customised as needed, as well as a template that demonstrates how a POA may be used under the Vestd option agreement.

It’s important to note that POAs must be signed as deeds. This means that the Principal will need to sign the document in the presence of an independent witness, who will then also sign the document and provide their personal details. Witnesses must be 18+ years of age, not related to the Principal (including partners), and not involved in the matter the POA relates to.

Download the Power of Attorney (general)

Download the Power of Attorney (option agreement)