Expert solicitors for joint ventures and shareholders' agreements
Blake Morgan’s solicitors are experts on structuring complex commercial arrangements between shareholders and joint ventures parties.
In a joint venture arrangement, you may be working with, and taking on risk by investing in, someone you may not have worked with before. We offer clear, commercially sound advice structuring what each of the parties should bring to the joint venture; what they get out of it at the end and how any issues should be dealt with along the way.
We regularly act for investors, entrepreneurs and owner managed businesses. If you are operating your own company you will want to secure that all-important financial investment without giving away too much. Or, if you are an investor, you will want to make sure you secure the right protections and that your financial expectations of the investment are properly reflected.
Main Areas Of Practice
Our joint venture lawyers have significant experience of advising on all forms of joint ventures, both domestic and cross-border, including the following:
We advise on the most advantageous corporate or contractual structures taking into account the commercial, legal, funding, tax and risk requirements of the joint venture parties.
Documenting the joint venture relationship
Our extensive experience of advising on all forms of joint venture means that we are well placed to assist you to plan and document the joint venture or strategic alliance, in the form of a shareholders' agreement and bespoke articles of association or contractual joint venture agreement.
We continue to provide expert advice to the joint venture parties or the entity itself throughout the life of the joint venture on all manner of commercial arrangements connected with the business, to include start-up and additional financing requirements, tax and employment incentives, real estate, commercial contracts and intellectual property.
Our specialist teams regularly advise the joint venture parties or the joint venture company itself on exit options and can provide the full range of support as part of any transaction structure ranging from trade sale, secondary buyout, IPO or termination procedures.
We advise clients from all industry sectors and sizes in respect of shareholders’ agreements, including family run businesses, owner managed businesses, investor/operator joint ventures and large corporates. Some of our clients may have third-party investors; others may have minority employee shareholders in place. We understand their different requirements and try to minimise potential risks where we identify them.
We have advised wealthy investors in a series of complex property joint ventures, working urgently to meet tight deadlines to secure investment on time.
We have assisted owner managed businesses structure their shareholdings to match their employee incentivisation arrangements.
We have drafted a bespoke shareholders' agreement in support of a family investment company to assist with efficient estate tax planning.
Awards and Accolades
Corporate and Commercial Team of the Year
Join Blake Morgan and Griffins for a joint live webinar on Directors' duties and the effect of suspension of wrongful trading obligations on Thursday 4 June at 11am.Read More
Many companies have been grappling with how best to conduct general meetings during the current COVID-19 pandemic in the light of emergency measures to slow down its spread. This article...Read More
With the outbreak of COVID-19, there are many companies who are unfortunately not able to fulfil their contractual duties to other businesses. The recent case of Bains v Arunvill Capital...Read More
Join Blake Morgan for a live webinar on Tuesday 2 June at 11am on how contractual agreements will change in light of COVID-19.Read More
With the current COVID-19 outbreak having a significant impact on businesses and economies worldwide, the UK government continues to announce measures aimed at mitigating the financial impact of the crisis...Read More
First things first - talk to your lender You may already have heard from your lender setting out the kinds of things they can help with. Many have already announced...Read More