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Our specialist solicitors can assist you and your business with the creation, management and exit from joint ventures. We are able to structure and deliver practical and effective solutions to support you and your operational requirements.

Commercial Rationale

A joint venture broadly involves any arrangement where two or more existing businesses agree to co-operate and combine resources to target a specific business project or develop a new business. A joint venture can also spread and dilute risk where the parties typically share the initial investment (including the contribution of finance and/or assets) and share any on-going liability of the project. Inevitably, a joint venture involves a sacrifice of the control and flexibility which otherwise may have applied had a party undertaken a business project independently.

The structure used to conduct the joint venture will usually take the form of a private company, a limited liability partnership (LLP), a partnership or simply a contractual agreement between the parties.

The use of a corporate entity involves the vesting of all the joint venture trading activities in that corporate entity, often called a Special Purpose Vehicle or “SPV”. In such a scenario the parties will typically enter into a joint venture agreement or shareholders’ agreement and the company will adopt a new constitution (articles of association).

On the other hand, in a purely contractual joint venture there may be no pooling of assets and no general sharing of revenues and costs. This type of agreement is often referred to as a co-operation agreement and would suit circumstances where the parties decide to retain their own independence.

Structure

When planning the structure of a joint venture, there are a number of issues to be considered. These include for example:

  • That the structure chosen for the joint venture provides the best tax treatment for each of the parties as well as for the joint venture itself;
  • Identifying the underlying objectives of the parties;
  • The period of time during which it is intended the joint venture will operate;
  • Methods of exit at the end of the joint venture, i.e. sale;
  • The extraction and pooling of profits;
  • The resources that each party will commit (an agreement documenting the transfer of assets and/or licence of intellectual property rights to the joint venture may be required) and decision making;
  • Requirements for employees and possibly TUPE;
  • Whether  “deadlock” provisions are required (whereby in the event of a dispute, either party could buy out the other, the joint venture could be sold, the matter could be referred to arbitration or the joint venture could be put into liquidation);
  • Accounting considerations; and
  • Regulatory (e.g. competition) issues.

Joint Venture Documentation

The typical documents that may be required in a joint venture are:

  • Shareholders/investment/joint venture agreement;
  • Articles of association;
  • Share sale and purchase agreement (where one party is buying shares from another in the joint venture company);
  • Co-operation agreement (where the joint venture is a contractual arrangement);
  • Partnership/members agreement (when the joint venture is conducted via a normal partnership or a limited liability partnership);
  • Licences of intellectual property rights/software;
  • Transfer of assets agreement;
  • Service/employment/secondment agreements for those individuals working in the joint venture entity;
  • Loan documentation/security documents.

The Corporate Commercial team at Myerson has considerable experience and expertise in this field. Our familiarity with the legal and commercial issues which arise in joint ventures enables us to offer positive and practical assistance at every stage of the transaction.

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Our Approach & Our Experience

We provide practical, commercial and coherent advice and are able to deliver a complete service with support from our Property, Employment, Commercial, Dispute Resolution and Private Client teams.

Our team of Corporate Solicitors is ranked Top Tier - Tier 1 by the independent Legal 500 directory.  In addition, Partners in our team are recommended by the Legal 500.  Therefore, you can be reassured that you will deal with some of the best Commercial Solicitors in the country.

Our ethos is to provide our clients with an alternative to the major regional and national firms by offering high quality legal advice from highly experienced, specialist solicitors, but on a much more cost-effective basis.

We work closely with our clients to ensure that we meet their expectations both in terms of their objectives for a particular piece of work and in relation to costs. We are easy to deal with, clear in our advice and understand that a common sense approach is often required. As standard practice, we give our clients an estimate of the costs involved in undertaking any piece of work at the outset. We can then provide costs updates on a regular basis. In addition, where appropriate, we are happy to discuss other pricing models (for example, fixed fees) if that is helpful to you.

Examples of the joint ventures we have advised on include:

  • Working closely with a leading International law firm on a joint venture by a North West based brewery. This involved advising and preparing the overarching agreement for the development of four sites and the operation of those four sites following development.
  • Advising MGH Bowen Ltd in connection with an investment by Breedon Aggregates England Limited into H.V. Bowen & Sons (Holdings) Ltd which operates a gritstone quarry at Tan-y-Foel, Welshpool, Powys. This matter involved an initial reorganisation of the H.V. Bowen group and new shareholder arrangements between MGH Bowen and Breedon Aggregates England. We also worked closely with our Employment and Property Teams.
  • Acting for ACE UK in relation to its sourcing of a recycling plant (and related services) from manufacturers in France and its venture with Sonoco for the commercial operation of the plant to recycle beverage cartons. We have also advised ACE UK on its joint venture to commercialise/exploit by-products of recycled cartons.

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Our Promise & Core Values

Our Promise

The Myerson Promise - Our Partners, team of lawyers and support staff commit to giving our clients more.

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To always give you clear, jargon-free advice.
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To be completely transparent about our fees from the outset.
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Progress every matter in an efficient and timely matter.

Our Core Values

Our core values are at the centre of everything we do.

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We are always professional but ensure that we are friendly and approachable.
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We are determined and enthusiastic about supporting our clients and our people.
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We willingly take responsibility and can be relied on to be commercial, effective and efficient.

Meet Our Specialists

Home-grown or recruited from national, regional or City firms. Our specialists are experts in their fields and respected by their peers.

Mohammed Akeel Latif

Mohammed Akeel Latif

Akeel is a Partner and Head of the Corporate Commercial department at Myerson.

Andrew Brown

Andrew Brown

Andrew is a Partner in our Corporate Commercial department.

Carla Murray

Carla Murray

Carla is a Partner in our Corporate Commercial department

Scott Sands

Scott Sands

Scott is a Partner in our Corporate and Commercial department

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