When parties or companies form a collaboration, the legal structure of the collaborative agreement or joint venture can have significant implications for the rights, obligations, and liabilities of those involved.

The specialists at BTMK can help when you’re considering a structure for a collaborative project or joint venture. We can advise on tax implications, the shared risk, regulatory requirements, and the level of control and decision-making power that each party will have.

Depending on the nature of the collaboration and the goals of the project, you may need to consider several legal structures. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages.

For example, a loose collaboration or informal partnership may be suitable for a short-term project that does not involve significant financial or legal risks. In contrast, more formal joint venture agreements, such as a limited liability partnership or a corporation, may be more appropriate for a long-term project that involves substantial investments of capital and other resources.

With our help you’ll minimise misunderstandings and disputes, and ensure that your project is carried out in a way that is consistent with the goals and objectives of all parties involved.


How We Can Help

Joint ventures are often used by companies to collaborate and combine resources, expertise, and capital to achieve a common goal. Our experienced solicitors can help with all aspects of your business operations including:


Why Consider a Joint Venture or Collaborative Agreement?

Joint ventures can take many forms, including equity joint ventures, contractual joint ventures, and cooperative joint ventures.

Joint ventures allow companies to share risk, share resources and expertise and opportunities. Joint ventures can also provide a way for companies to enter into a new industry or market without having to build the necessary infrastructure from scratch.

The parties involved must agree on the terms of the joint venture, including the goals and objectives, the ownership structure, and the distribution of profits and losses. Additionally, each party must trust that the other parties will act in the best interest of the joint venture and not compete with it.

Other considerations should also be included, such as the timeline for the project, the allocation of resources and funding, intellectual property rights, confidentiality provisions, and dispute resolution mechanisms.

Owing to the complexity of these agreements, it’s vital to consult with legal specialists when negotiating and drafting a collaboration agreement. This ensures that each party’s rights and interests are adequately protected.

At BTMK, our experience means we also know that while there are common structures for such agreements, a joint venture should ultimately take the structure which is best suited to the scope and nature of the specific collaboration.


Some Common Types of Joint Venture

In the UK, there are several types of joint ventures that businesses can form. The most common types include:


The Specialists at BTMK

BTMK is a Legal 500 ‘Leading Firm’ and recommended in the Times Top 250 Law Firms report. Our team of specialists can help with your joint venture or collaborative agreement requirements. Our solicitors can play a critical role in helping you navigate the legal complexities of joint ventures, ensuring that your interests are always protected, throughout the formation of a collaboration, and in an ongoing capacity too.

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Corporate & Commercial / Commercial Property | BTMK Todmans

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Corporate & Commercial, Commercial Property | BTMK Solicitors

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Corporate & Commercial / Commercial Property | BTMK Todmans

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