Achieve your business goals with a water-tight joint venture agreement
Our team of joint venture agreement solicitors can support you with:
- Advice on the advantages and disadvantages of a joint venture agreement and your alternative options, whether that’s a collaboration agreement, partnership/LLP agreement, or special purpose vehicle (SPV company).
- Defining the parameters and heads of terms of the proposed joint venture.
- Advising on the legal structure for the joint venture from a limited liability company to a limited liability partnership to a contractual structure.
- Advice on cross-border ventures where tax and competition law issues need to be considered when deciding on the structure of the venture.
- Advice on the rights and contributions of each party to the joint venture agreement.
- The financing and profit-sharing arrangements.
- Intellectual property rights and confidentiality clauses to protect the work undertaken during the joint venture.
- Termination and exit provisions in the joint venture agreement.
- Dispute resolution if there is a dispute between the parties or with a third party.
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Fundamentals of joint venture agreements
Working with you to understand your objectives, we will help you answer the following questions when drafting your joint venture agreement to ensure maximum commercial benefit from your business venture:
- Have the parties and objectives of the joint venture been clearly defined?
- What tax considerations and liability issues arise from the structure of the agreement?
- What due diligence has been undertaken? Will the joint venture agreement contain warranties by the parties relevant to the specific goals to be achieved in the joint venture?
- Has ownership of any intellectual property created by the joint venture been agreed and recorded? Who has the right to license the IP?
- Does the joint venture agreement contain suitable confidentiality clauses and penalties for breach of the agreement?
- Do the parties’ rights depend on the extent of their contributions to the joint venture? Does one party have a right to veto?
- How will the joint venture be funded? If the parties are making financial contributions how will their contributions and any profit sharing be calculated?
- What will the duration of the joint venture be? What are the provisions for exit or termination of the agreement?
- What will happen if things go wrong? Does the agreement contain dispute resolution provisions and remedies for breaches?
- Can the terms of the agreement be varied by the parties if they want to change the scope of the joint venture or make other material changes?
Why partner with a specialist joint venture solicitor?
A fair agreement for both parties
With our extensive experience creating joint venture agreements across a range of sectors, we’ll always include the necessary provisions for each party’s aims to be met, helping you to achieve the common goal intended. We will objectively observe the contribution made by each party to ensure the agreement is fair and that all expectations are met.
Protect your interests and avoid litigation
With an expertly produced joint venture agreement in place by our seasoned solicitors your remove the risk of any uncertainties arising or chances that you and the other party have misinterpreted prior conversations to the agreement being drawn up. With all obligations and liabilities professionally laid out, you protect your venture, your own personal interests and significantly reduce the risk of a dispute arising.
Ensure compliance as your business evolves
Joint venture agreements can prove to be complex documents, potentially extending beyond the venture itself and into much finer details around compliance issues. It may need to cover off licence requirements, possible consultations with employees under TUPE, obtaining consent where data sharing is required, tax issues, and competition law to name a few. Our expert team will cover all the bases, ensuring that you remain compliant with all regulatory matters so you can concentrate on your growing business.
Protect valuable IP assets
Ensure a smooth exit
Although you may be at the beginning stages of your joint venture, we’ll always include exit terms as part of your agreement, so that once the venture has run its course, each party can end the relationship with a clearly established route to exit, including ownership of technology, and details of rights to shares.
Who we help: Ambitious entrepreneurs and growing businesses
We aim to make legal services more accessible for ambitious entrepreneurs and start-ups, making sure that you get the legal support necessary to thrive. What does that mean in reality? Partner-level legal expertise at the fraction of the cost of a traditional law firm – with our subscription plans you could be paying as little as £99 per hour. With transparent pricing, a tailored approach to each client’s requirements, and a commercially minded team that swiftly gets to know your long-term objectives, you can rely on our partnership to help move your business forward.
Why choose Harper James Solicitors?
Our joint venture solicitors take a holistic approach to their legal advice providing a seamless service to ensure that your business has the associated corporate, tax, intellectual property, licensing, and business legal advice it needs to protect your interests in the joint venture. Our joint venture agreement solicitors have worked in either top 100 law firms or in-house at major international businesses, so they understand the importance of industry and project specific joint venture agreements to maximise the prospects of commercial success with a collaborative approach.
Find out more about our commercial solicitors here:
Abby Watson is a corporate solicitor, specialising in private equity investments, mergers & acquisitions, EMI share schemes, corporate finance and governance and more.View profile
Adam Kudryl is a Partner and Corporate & Commercial Solicitor at Harper James Solicitors, specialising in strategic investments, acquisitions and sales.View profile
IP & Commercial Technology Partner
Before joining us Rob worked for Santander bank as an IP/brand management lawyer and also at Shakespeare Martineau.View profile
Emilia trained at SJ Berwin, moving to Reed Smith LLP and then as in-house counsel for Eurostar before joining the team at Harper James. She specialises in commercial transactions, particularly in commercial contract negotiation and SaaS products.View profile
Commercial and Corporate Solicitor
Kate is a commercial and corporate lawyer, advising businesses from start-ups up to global companies on everything from investment and franchising to sale and purchase transactions, exits and much more.View profile
Rana is a commercial solicitor specialising in commercial contracts, data protection and financial services.View profile
Stephen is an experienced corporate lawyer, with a career including time at DLA Piper and Pinsent Masons. He specialises in mergers and acquisitions and private equity work.View profile
As a previous partner at DLA Piper, Sarah comes with a rich pedigree in providing expert commercial services for her clients.View profile
IP, Commercial & Technology Associate Solicitor
Ed joins our commercial team and specialises in IT, IP and general technology related contracts, but can also advise on a range of commercial matters.View profile
Michelle regularly advises business owners on corporate and commercial legal matters. She was partner in a regional firm and has also spent time in-house at a Higher Education business dealing with its research, innovation and knowledge exchange contracts.View profile
Commercial Technology & Data Protection Solicitor
David is a commercial solicitor, specialising in technology and data protection. He joins us having worked as in-house counsel for the BBC and OUP.View profile
Data Protection & Privacy Solicitor
Becky is a highly knowledgeable commercial lawyer, specialising in Data Protection and Privacy Law. She can add value to a business by drawing on nearly 20 years of in-house experience.View profile
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