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Joint Venture Agreements

A Joint Venture is a business structure fonned when two or more parties collaborate with a view to completing a specific goal. A Joint Venture Agreement details the rights and duties of each party throughout the collaboration.

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Joint Venture Agreement Structure

When planning the structure of a joint venture, there are several issues to be considered. The following are some of these issues:

The most common ways of structuring a joint venture are:

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    liability partnership or collaboration agreement is a legal contract between two or more people or entities allowing them to work together on certain projects. It includes the rights and responsibilities of all parties involved, as well as how to proceed if disagreements should arise.
  • A structure that provides the best tax treatment for the joint venture and its partners, as well as for each of those panners, will likely be chosen.
  • Identifying the underlying objectives of each patty involved in a negotiation is key to reaching an agreement.
  • The expected duration of the joint venture.
  • The joint venture agreement should specify how the joint venture will end, including who will buy the other party’s interest and at what price.
  • The pooling of profits for investment and the extraction of profits from investment
  • The terms of the joint venture will be determined by each party’s commitment of resources, including intellectual property rights and decision-making authority.

Kinds of Joint Venture Agreements:

Joint venture agreements are generally categorized into three types:

Contractual Joint Venture:

This is an agreement that is written and signed by both parties. It sets forth the terms, obligations, and liabilities of the parties to the contract.

Corporate Joint Venture:
A corporate joint venture is a business arrangement between two or more entities that seek to combine their resources and abilities. Such an agreement is often more detailed than other forms of partnership and may include provisions for incorporating the venture as a separate legal entity.

Unit Trust Joint Venture:
A Unit Trust Joint Venture is similar to a Contractual Joint Venture, with the exception that investors are not able to obtain a corporate tax deduction for their investment.

Features of joint venture agreement:

  • A joint venture is a business project undertaken by two or more parties that typically share the initial investment and any liabilities associated with the project, allowing each party to share in the risks and rewards.
  • The form of the joint venture company or partnership used by the parties will usually be a limited liability company (LLC), a limited partnership (LP), or just a contractual agreement between them.
  • A corporate entity is created to hold all the joint venture’s assets, liabilities, and activities. The parties may enter into a shareholders’ agreement and adopt a new constitution (articles of association). Alternatively, they may decide not to pool assets and revenues or share costs but instead retain their own independence.
  • There is no legally binding limit on the number of years a joint venture can last. A partnership, unlike a joint venture, is an arrangement in which two or more people own a business together. In this case, the entire business—assets and liabilities—is shared for as long as the business exists. Both partners contribute money, time, and expertise to making a profitable enterprise.

Joint ventures bring numerous benefits, including:

Joint ventures hold many advantages for businesses, including increased productivity and greater profits.
And Joint ventures can offer many benefits, including access to new markets and distribution networks, increased capacity, the sharing of risks and costs with a partner, access to specialized knowledge and expertise, such as specialized staff, and access to greater resources such as technology or finance.

Potential drawbacks of joint venture agreements:

When parties fail to draft a well-drafted agreement, they may not consider what resources each party will provide and how the joint venture will be financed. TIIis can result in major disagreements and can eventually cause the joint venture to fail.
The responsibilities of each party may change, which could lead to a loss of commitment. When entering into a joint venture, parties must be mindful that they are jointly responsible for any harm caused to the business’ reputation or its partners.
The objectives of the venture are unclear. The partners expect different things from the joint venture. The level of expertise and investment isn’t equally matched. The work and resources aren’t distributed equally. The venture’s contractual limitations pose a risk to one panner’s core business operations.

Documents required for joint venture agreement:
  • Loan Document
  • Article of association
  • Asset transfer agreement
  • partnership agreement
  • sell or purchase agreement

We can advise on either contractual joint ventures, in which two companies agree to co-operate, or incorporated joint ventures, where a new company is formed.


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