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Joint venture disputes

Disputes over joint ventures are different to many other corporate disputes.  If there is a Joint Venture Agreement,  the parties to a joint venture may be in dispute over its terms; alternatively there may not be any underlying agreements to the joint venture making a dispute even more difficult to resolve.

Joint ventures are an important mechanism for parties to build a business together. They can either be  start-ups or the strengthening of an existing business with  one party bringing tangible assets and the other bringing a concept and knowledge.

However, the key to resolving a dispute relating to a joint venture lies in the way the joint venture has been structured and an understanding of the subtleties of a joint venture operation.

What can make joint venture disputes particularly sensitive - and in some cases unique - is that, unlike disputes which stem from disagreements over existing detailed contracts and agreements, joint ventures are often structured much more informally with  terms agreed on the back of a proverbial envelope.

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Funding

Some litigants apply for litigation funding to pay their legal costs because without it they would not be able to afford to pursue an action for a joint venture dipsute at all. But this is not the only situation in which litigants seek to use litigation funding.

Businesses no longer need to invest and risk their own capital to fund a legal claim.  FISCUS is the funding package that we can offer clients to help manage the financial risk of litigation and move those costs off your balance sheet. 

Find out more about litigation funding options available to you.

Joint venture dynamics

Understanding the crucial dynamics of a joint venture, and particularly the parties’ interest or ability to execute elements of the joint venture, is critical to its successful resolution. 

We have considerable experience of dealing with these often sensitive, diverse and complex aspects of joint ventures, including financing which can often be a source of friction between parties to a joint venture.

Finally, bringing a joint venture to an end can be difficult.  Often one party wishes to end their involvement whether as funder, director or otherwise while the other party wishes it to continue. Bridging this divide is often particularly difficult but our detailed, carefully considered approach will deliver results.

Our recent experience in resolving joint venture disputes include:

  1. Advising partners to a joint venture founded to develop and promote new technology.
  2. Acting for the funder of a joint venture in a dispute over when repayments were due under a joint venture agreement.
  3. Disputes concerning the goodwill existing in a joint venture and its valuation.
  4. Disputes concerning the ownership of assets belonging to a joint venture.

Understandably, parties setting out on a joint venture do so in a spirit of optimism. However, unless the joint venture is underpinned by a detailed agreement, there is always the danger that certain details are missed and errors made in its construction that give rise to future disputes.  Our experienced team can not only guide you through a dispute if it arises, we can also help you structure your joint venture in the first place to prevent problems occurring further down the line.  

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