Joint ventures and shareholders’ agreements

Your challenges

We pride ourselves on acting for businesses and individuals who grow through commercial collaboration. Working together in such a way often involves the creation of a joint venture or a corporate structure. Such ventures can take many forms and the challenge for us as your legal adviser is to devise and implement a structure that can achieve each party’s commercial intent.

Achieving your ambitions

Joint ventures can take the form of contractual arrangements through which the obligations of each joint venture party are spelt out. Alternatively, the joint venture may be structured through a corporate vehicle such as a company, a limited liability partnership (an LLP) or a simple partnership.

Shareholders in a private company and partners in a partnership will often face the same issues as joint venture parties and we routinely assist with the creation of shareholders’ agreements and partnership agreements.

Regardless of the structure, we are there to help construct the basis of your relationship so as to enable your commercial collaboration to proceed on a stable footing. Each joint venture agreement or shareholders’ agreement will involve detailed consideration of the obligations of the parties, the profit sharing mechanics and, so as to enable a smooth conclusion to the collaboration once it has run its course, termination arrangements. We will be on hand to steer you through all these arrangements and more.

The strength you need

Our team of corporate and commercial lawyers will discuss and work with you to identify your needs. They will draw on expertise from within the firm so as to implement the framework for your joint venture and shareholders’ arrangements. We have specialists in tax, finance, regulation and compliance, employment and pensions not to mention those with specific sector skills. Through our advice, we will help you get your venture off to the best start.

Clients we’ve helped include Archant Limited, Produce World Limited and Cambridge University Press.

Lawyers you can trust

Our corporate and commercial team is highly rated by Chambers UK and Legal 500. We have a reputation for delivering “high quality advice at a cost effective level”. We are described as “practical, solution focused and very in tune with what is important to [the clients’] business”.

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