Joint Venture Agreement

A well-drafted Joint Venture Agreement will:

  • Indicate who has what management powers and control;
  • Detail the intended capital contributions and subsequent distributions of profit
  • Comply with state filing requirements
  • Provide a framework for the settlement of disputes
  • Provide a right of first refusal
  • Provide a buy-sell arrangement
  • Prevent a participating party from competing against the project
  • Require confidentiality


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A Joint Venture, broadly stated, is merely a collaboration between two or more parties where the parties enter into a specific agreement to accomplish a specific business project or agenda. Often, the joint venture will operate through a separate company where each party participates as a partner or shareholder. The terms of the joint venture are set out in a Joint Venture Agreement or a Collaboration Agreement, which resembles in most respects the terms of any partnership, shareholder or operating agreement.

Object or Agenda
What is the intent behind forming the joint venture? What are the expectations? How will the parties pool their resources in order to cooperate in the successful implementation of the joint venture?

Type of Company

What kind of business form will be utilized to carry out the operations of the joint venture? What will the distribution of ownership be? What are the capital contributions? Who will serve what executive roles?


Will the project require additional funding? Will the parties use the Company as a platform for a private placement or public offering?

Covenants, Representations & Warranties


What rights and obligations does a partner have following early exit from the joint venture? Include Rights of First Refusal and Buy-Sell provisions.
Compliance with Applicable Law

Compliance with all applicable laws, regulations, rules and orders of governmental authorities is imperative because non-compliance could have a material adverse effect on the business affairs or financial condition of the Company.
No Restrictive Covenants

No Shareholder should enter into any agreement which would impair or inhibit the Company's ability to conduct its business as contemplated herein or otherwise frustrate the Joint Venture.

Each party should have all requisite authority to enter into the Joint Venture Agreement and to consummate the transactions contemplated.

Each Shareholder represents and warrants that it will use all commercially reasonable efforts to obtain any and all approvals or consents of, and to make all notices and filings with, all governmental authorities necessary for the Shareholders to enter into this Joint Venture Agreement and for the Company to conduct its Business as contemplated hereby, including, without limitation:

The Company should be the exclusive vehicle for the parties to pursue their business project or agenda.


Each party should agree that they will hold harmless and indemnify the Company and other partners from all costs and expenses associated with defending any action resulting from a violation of the Agreement.


The Agreement terminates when the business contemplated by the agreement is complete or: the Corporation ceases business; or declares bankruptcy, receivership, or it dissolves; or all the shareholders voluntarily agree to terminate it.

Restrictive Covenants
Such restrictive covenants offer the Company statutory remedies for violation and often prevent a Partner from unfairly competing against it or disclosing its confidential business information. As always, ensure any such restrictive covenant is within statutory parameters.

Mediation and Arbitration

Mediation and Arbitration should always specify a location in Client's jurisdiction (preferably, in the same county where they run their business). Mediation is a non-binding way to settle the dispute quickly and amicably. If unable to settle in mediation, arbitration is first option available. Arbitration is the preferred alternative to litigation because of speed, cost, and ability to maintain low profile (no info is publically available).

Governing Law

Always stipulate that the contract will be governed under whatever law the Client ordinarily conducts business. Always make sure that venue and jurisdiction are as convenient to client as possible.

No Modification or Waiver

No modifications except those specifically agreed upon by the parties in writing. Any waiver of a term or provision will not act as a waiver of any other provision.


Notices should always list the current and best addresses where each party may contact the other for whatever reason.


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