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Making a Joint Venture Agreement
A Joint Venture Agreement can help you combine forces with another company to reach a mutually beneficial goal. Joint Venture Agreements help companies minimize risk, share costs, and are usually designed to protect each party's proprietary information.
Joint Venture Agreements should include information concerning the purpose of the joint venture, dollar amount each party will contribute, duties of each party, percentage interest each party holds in the joint venture, and proportion of profit that each party is to receive.
While most of the contract is generated automatically by Rocket Lawyer after you submit the above information, you should know about the standard topics this document can cover:
Protection of proprietary information
While working together, you'll be privy to each other's proprietary business information including intellectual property, technology, and technology improvements. For this reason, the Joint Venture document includes a confidentiality agreement to protect business information. You can choose how long you want confidences to be kept. It also stipulates that members who work with others require their associates to sign an approved Non-disclosure Agreement to extend the protection to include third-party entities.
Protection from debts and liabilities
This part of the agreement states that each joint venturer is responsible for their own debt and obligations. If one member takes on debt or hires a service to fulfill their part of the agreement, and they don't pay their obligations, the other members cannot be held responsible for that debt.
Sale option to satisfy deadlock
If a member cannot come to an agreement during the term of the contract and a deadlock is reached, a sales option is included in the contract. This agreement basically states that the other member(s) can choose to buy the other's portion of the venture. The contract also states that no member can sell their portion to a third-party without consent from the other members.
Joint Venture Agreements are short-term contracts between more than one business entity for the purpose of completing a "venture" or project together. The agreements included in this document are designed to help outline the basic agreements and the purpose of the venture. Before you complete the agreement, both parties should discuss:
An example could be a production company and a food truck organization joining up to host a large street festival. Similarly, if you have an app, you can decide to embark on a joint venture with a company that can market your app.
Joint Venture Agreements do not create a new entity, and therefore, do not make a joint venture a legal entity. The venture is operated through the legal status of the companies that compose the joint venture.
The best Joint Ventures benefit every business entity involved. The benefits may include revenue, brand exposure, access to resources, strategic expertise, manufacturing experience, and more.
Here are several more examples of why some companies may choose to form a joint venture:
If you are considering a joint venture with another company, it is always a good idea to talk to a lawyer as part of your process.