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What is a Finder's Fee Agreement?

Sometimes valuable business information, potential clients, and contacts come from an outside source. A Finder's Fee Agreement outlines the relationship and the compensation to be expected in a relationship where an incentive is being offered in exchange for new leads or clients. Documenting your arrangement on paper helps ensure that the interests of both parties are laid out in certain terms. A Finder's Fee Agreement can also help in the face of future disagreement, preventing any alleged uncertainty.

When to use a Finder's Fee Agreement:

  • You are a business owner and want to compensate someone to help you find prospective investors.
  • You want to hire someone that will help build your client list.
  • You can offer your expertise finding potential investors, clients or other business prospects.

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In consideration of a Finder's Fee (as defined below), payable only upon the successful consummation of the services (hereinafter "Discovery"), ("Finder") of , ,   agrees to assist ("Client") of , ,   in the Discovery. For purposes of this agreement ("Agreement"):




. Discovery.

Finder's "Discovery" of shall occur only if the are identified and introduced by Finder and acknowledged by Client in writing during the Retention Period (as defined below). Finder shall not be deemed to have discovered any who contacted or were contacted by Client on or before the Effective Date (as defined below), or any who hereafter contact or are contacted by Client after the Effective Date before being identified and introduced in writing by Finder to Client (if at all) (collectively, "Independent Contacts"). Client shall attempt to provide Finder with an updated list of Independent Contacts from time to time, but any delay or failure by Client to do so shall not constitute a waiver of or otherwise prejudice any of Client's rights or impose any obligations on Client hereunder.


. Business Transaction.

For purposes of this Agreement, the "Business Transaction" shall be defined as assisting Client in finding on the terms and conditions acceptable to Client. The Client reserves all rights, in its sole and absolute discretion, and without any obligation to pay a Finder's Fee or any other sum to Finder, to withdraw from negotiations concerning any proposed Business Transaction, and/or accept or reject any finding by the Finder, or all or part of any proposed Business Transaction, at any time, with or without cause. As used herein, "consummation" of the Business Transaction shall not be deemed to have occurred unless and until, among other things:




. Term and Retention Period.

The exclusive The non-exclusive right granted by this Agreement shall commence on  ("Effective Date") and the "Retention Period" shall continue for at which point either party may indicate to the other, in writing, its prospective intention to terminate this Agreement. Finder shall be entitled to its Finder's Fee during the Retention Period, or, in the event a Business Transaction is consummated after termination of the Retention Period, and under the terms of this Agreement, within 30 days of the consummation of the Business Transaction.


. Non-Circumvention.

During the term of this Agreement and for thereafter, Client will not attempt to do business with, or otherwise solicit any found or otherwise referred by Finder to Client for the purpose of circumventing, the result of which shall be to prevent the Finder from realizing or recognizing a commission or Finder's Fee. If such circumvention shall occur the Finder shall be entitled to any commissions due pursuant to this Agreement or Finder's Fee relating to such transaction.


. Eligibility.

Finder shall be entitled to the Finder's Fee in the event that during the Retention Period (i) the Business Transaction is consummated or materialized, and (ii) Finder discovered the to assist Client during the Retention Period.


. Date of Payment.

The Finder's Fee shall become due and payable by the Client immediately upon consummation of the Business Transaction. Client shall have no obligation to pay Finder any Finder's Fee or other amount if the Business Transaction in question fails to close for any reason, including without limitation, as a result of an actual or purported breach or default by Client.


. Calculation of Finder's Fee.

For purposes of this Agreement, the Finder's Fee shall be paid in the amount of per Discovery. calculated at % of the Business Transaction consideration. The Finder's Fee shall be calculated on a pro-rata basis against any and all consideration contributed (discovered) by Client and their exclusive subject matter not identified and introduced in writing by Finder. paid as follows:


. Independent Contractor.

It is understood that this Agreement provides for the rendering of services by Finder as a finder only, as described herein, and does not include the rendering of any other services, including due diligence services. Finder acknowledges that it is an independent contractor and shall not be deemed to be Client's agent for any purposes whatsoever. Finder shall have no right or authority to assume or create any obligation or liability, expressed or implied, for or on behalf of Client, or to otherwise bind Client in any manner whatsoever.


. Hold Harmless.

If Finder shall become entitled to a Finder's Fee under this Agreement, Finder hereby agrees to indemnify, protect, defend and hold harmless Client and its affiliates from and against any and all claims, actions, losses, liabilities, damages, liens, costs or expenses (including, without limitation, reasonable attorneys' fees and costs), however described, arising from any claim by any other person or entity for brokerage or finder's fees, commissions, or similar compensation in connection with any Business Transaction involving a Prospective Investor discovered by Finder.


. Sharing of Fees.

The Finder is specifically authorized to engage the services of any sub-agents and to share fees and commissions with other agents, provided that full disclosure of any fee or commission sharing is made to all parties.


. Governing Law.

This Agreement shall be made in and shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the State of Commonwealth of .


. Confidentiality.

Finder agrees to:

(i) hold all confidential, non-public information received from Client or its affiliates, or their respective representatives, strictly confidential,
(ii) use or release such information only in the performance of this Agreement, and not use or release or permit the use or release of any of such information for any other purposes, and
(iii) return to Client all such information in whatever format (and all copies thereof) at the conclusion of this engagement.


. Attorneys' Fees.

If legal action is brought to enforce or interpret this Agreement or any of its provisions, the prevailing party shall be entitled to reasonable attorneys' fees in addition to any other recovery to which such party may be entitled.


. Termination.

This Agreement may be so terminated by either party at any time, with or without cause. This Agreement may be terminated by either party by the giving of written notice of termination to the other. In the event that the Client sends a notice of termination after the Finder has incurred specific, direct expenses in connection with this Agreement, the Client shall reimburse the Finder for the amount of the expenses at the time of the termination.


. Entire Agreement.

This Agreement contains all of the agreements of the Parties with respect to any matter covered or mentioned in this Agreement and no prior agreements shall be effective for any purpose.


. No Waiver.

Failure or delay of Client to declare any breach or default immediately upon occurrence shall not waive such breach or default by the Finder.


. Notices.

Any notices required to be given by the Parties shall be delivered at the addresses set forth in the beginning of the Agreement. Any notices may be delivered personally to the addressee of the notice or may be deposited in the United States mail, postage prepaid, to the address of the parties.


IN WITNESS WHEREOF, this Finder's Fee Agreement by and between , , on behalf of and , , on behalf of has been executed and delivered in the manner prescribed by law as of the date first written above.







By:   Date:  









By:   Date:  





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_____ Use the easy e-signature service to sign electronically without having to print, sign and deliver hard copies. Or, print and sign hard copies of your Agreement. Have both the Parties sign and date the Finder's Fee Agreement in duplicate.


_____ Make sure to attach Exhibit A "Independent Contact" to this Agreement which lists all the current contacts of the Client for which the Finder will not receive a fee.


_____ Deliver a copy of the Finder's Fee Agreement to the other Party.





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  • Who pays finder's fees?

    Who pays the finder's fee will depend on the kind of business and the prior arrangement. For example, in some cases the finder's fee is paid by the buyer in a transaction. In other situations, the finder's fee is paid for by the seller. Additionally, in some cases, the finder's fee is treated more like a commission than a gift.

    You can use this Finder's Fee Agreement template if:

    • You are a business owner and want to compensate someone to help you find prospective investors.
    • You want to hire someone that will help build your client list.
    • You can offer your expertise finding potential investors, clients or other business prospects.
  • How do I get a finder's fee?

    In order to get a finder's fee, you'll need to find a business or organization that is willing to pay one. Common scenarios for finder's fees include:

    • A new business may work with a finder to build a list of potential clients
    • A real estate agent is seeking potential clients
    • A business is seeking new service providers
    • A new business is seeking potential investors

    Depending on the kind of arrangement, you could be paid either a percentage of a signed deal, or a predetermined amount. For example, $50 for each referral. In some cases, you may not be paid unless your referrals actually sign a contract with the business.

  • Is a Finder's Fee Agreement legally binding?

    Whether a Finder's Fee Agreement is legally binding depends on several factors. First, the Finder's Fee Agreement must comply with state and federal laws that govern when a finder's fee may be paid. These laws vary from state to state and there are federal laws that also must be navigated.

    Second, a Finder's Fee Agreement is a contract and therefore has to meet the elements of a contract , which are: (i) subject (which includes the offer and acceptance); (ii) consideration ; and (iii) capacity, meaning that each party must generally be competent and authorized to enter into the contract. In general, a party is competent to enter into a contract if they are 18 years of age or older and are not severely mentally disabled. If these elements are not met, the Finder's Fee Agreement may not be legally enforceable. The Rocket Lawyer Finder's Fee Agreement is a good start towards helping you create an agreement that meets the required elements.

    Ask a lawyer for state and situation-specific guidance regarding your Finder's Fee Agreement.

  • When should a finder's fee be paid?

    Ideally, the timing of a finder's fee payment is governed by the terms of the Finder's Fee Agreement and should be included in the written terms of the agreement. Often, the fee is made payable when the business transaction with the identified lead occurs. In other arrangements, a party is paid by the referral, regardless of whether the referral leads to a business transaction. The parties are free to determine the time of payment that best suits them, but might consider putting their agreement in writing to avoid uncertainty and misunderstandings, which can lead to disagreements.

  • Are finder's fees tax deductible?

    The IRS has pretty consistently found that finder's fees are not tax deductible.

  • What is a founder's fee gift?

    In many cases, the finder's fee may be considered like a gift from one party to another, as no legal obligation to pay a commission exists. However, businesses that offer finder or referral fees must carefully navigate laws that govern who can receive a fee and under what circumstances. Certain professions, for example, cannot give or receive gifts from certain kinds of entities. Lawyers, for example, may not "profit share" with non lawyers. Laws regarding gifts and referral fees vary from state to state, and federal laws can be unclear under certain circumstances or within certain professions. Ask a lawyer for more guidance in regard to your specific situation.

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