Company shares – This legal term finds application in the Corporate Law. It describes the raising capital of a corporate entity, as determined by the clauses of the establishing act. It consists of shares, every one of which has a value and is owned by one of the shareholders. Company shares determinate the percentage of ownership of the company, for every shareholder. And respectively set-up their rights to vote, to receive dividends, to participate and control the organs of the entity, etc. Shares could be a subject of transfer or seizure in accordance with the provisions of the local legislation.
Similar financial instruments to shares are the bonds, but they differ at the same time. For example, the value of shares is always one and the same. While the price of bonds could increase or drop, depending on the financial standing of the company.