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Joint Venture AgreementA Joint Venture Agreementis an agreement between you and your Partners that sets out the duties and obligations of the Partners to each other and to the Joint Venture. Your Joint Venture Agreement does not have to be filed or registered.Place of businessSelect the state in which the Joint Venture will primarily do business. The laws of the state you select will be used to develop this agreement.
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THIS JOINT VENTURE AGREEMENT (the "Agreement") made and entered into this 1st day of December, 2015 (the "Execution Date"),


____________________________ of _________________________, _______________, __________, __________, and
____________________________ of _________________________, _______________, __________, __________
(individually the "Member" and collectively the "Members").


  1. The Members wish to enter into an association of mutual benefit and agree to jointly invest and set up a joint venture enterprise.
  2. The terms and conditions of this Agreement sets out the terms and conditions governing this association.

IN CONSIDERATION OF and as a condition of the Members entering into this Agreement and other valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which consideration is acknowledged, the parties to this Agreement agree as follows:

  1. Formation
  2. By this Agreement the Members enter into a joint venture (the "Venture") in accordance with the laws of the State of California. The rights and obligations of the Members will be as stated in the applicable legislation of the State of California (the 'Act') except as otherwise provided here.
  3. Name
  4. The business name of the Venture will be ____________________.
  5. Purpose
  6. The exclusive purpose of the Venture will be ___________________________________.
  7. Term
  8. This Venture will begin starting December 1, 2015 and continue in full force and effect (the "Term") until the occurrence of the following event:
    • ________________________________________.
  9. This Agreement may be extended with the unanimous consent of all Members.
  10. Place of Business
  11. The principal office of the business of the Venture will be located at ____________________, __________, __________ __________ or such other place as the Members may from time to time designate.
  12. Business Management
  13. Management Duties
  14. Except as otherwise specified in this agreement, the duties and obligations of the Manager in relation to the Venture will include the following:
    1. managing the day to day business of the Venture;
    2. monitoring, controlling and directing the financial, business and operational affairs of the Venture;
    3. proper maintenance of books of account and financial records according to accepted accounting practices;
    4. monitoring, analyzing and acting on all issues over which it would have express or implied authority according to this Agreement; and
    5. all responsibilities attached to hiring of production and administration staff including any required labor negotiations, and all responsibilities attached to hiring of third party contractors.
  15. Member Duties
  16. Each Member will be responsible for its respective duties as follows:


    Duties Description


  17. Duties of Members may be amended, from time to time, by decision of the Members, provided that the Members' Interests are not affected except with the unanimous consent of the Members.
  18. Capital Contributions
  19. Each of the Members has contributed to the capital of the Venture, in cash or property in agreed upon value, as follows (the "Capital Contribution"):


    Contribution Description

    Agreed Value


    $ USD


    $ USD

  20. All Members will contribute their respective Capital Contributions fully and on time.
  21. Withdrawal of Capital
  22. No Member will have the right to demand or withdraw any portion of their capital contribution without the express written consent of the remaining Members.
  23. The Members will not be personally liable for the return of all or part of the Capital Contributions of a Member, except as otherwise provided in this Agreement.
  24. Additional Capital
  25. Capital Contributions may be amended from time to time, according to the requirements of the Joint Venture, by decision of the Members as recommended by the Manager. Where Members' interests are affected, additional capital contributions (the "Additional Capital Contributions") must have the unanimous consent of the Members.
  26. Any advance of money to the Venture by any Member in excess of the amounts provided for in this Agreement or subsequently agreed to as an Additional Capital Contribution will be deemed a debt due from the Venture rather than an increase in Capital Contribution of the Member. This liability will be repaid with interest at such rates and times to be determined by a majority of the Members. This liability will not entitle the lending Member to a greater voting power. Such debts may have preference or priority over any other payments to Members as may be determined by a majority of the Members.
  27. Capital Accounts
  28. An individual capital account will be maintained for each Member and their initial Capital Contribution will be credited to this account. Any additional, approved contributions to the Venture's capital made by a Member will be credited to that Member's individual Capital Account.
  29. Interest on Capital
  30. No borrowing charge or loan interest will be due or payable to any Member on any Capital Contribution or on their Capital Account despite any disproportion that may from time to time arise among the Capital Accounts of the Members.
  31. Books of Account
  32. Accurate and complete books of account of the transactions of the Venture will be kept in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and at all reasonable times will be available and open to inspection and examination by any Member. The books and records of the Venture will reflect all the Venture’s transactions and will be appropriate and adequate for the business conducted by the Venture.
  33. Banking and Venture Funds
  34. The funds of the Venture will be placed in such investments and banking accounts as will be designated by the Members. Venture funds will be held in the name of the Venture and will not be commingled with those of any other person or entity.
  35. Member Meetings
  36. Regular Member meetings will be held as required. Minutes of the meetings will be maintained on file.
  37. Any Member can call a special meeting to resolve urgent issues that require a vote and that cannot wait for the next regularly scheduled meeting. When calling a special meeting, all Members must be provided with reasonable notice. Where a special meeting has been called, the meeting will be restricted to the specific purpose for which the meeting was called.
  38. All meetings will be held at a time and in a location that is reasonable, convenient and practical considering the situation of all Members.
  39. Any vote required by the Members will be determined such that each Member receives one vote carrying equal weight.
  40. Amendments
  41. This Agreement may be amended only with the unanimous consent of all Members.
  42. Admitting a new Member
  43. New Members may be admitted into the Venture only with the unanimous consent of the existing Members. The new Member agrees to be bound by all the covenants, terms, and conditions of this Agreement, inclusive of all current and future amendments. Further, a new Member will execute such documents as are needed or required for this admission. Any new Member will receive a business interest in the Venture as determined by all other Members.
  44. Dissociation of a Member
  45. Where a Member is in breach of this Agreement and that Member has not remedied the breach on notice from the Venture and after a reasonable period then the remaining Members will have the right to terminate this Agreement with regard to that individual defaulting Member (an "Involuntary Withdrawal") and take whatever action necessary to protect the interests of the Venture.
  46. If the Venture is harmed as the result of an individual Member's action or failure to act, then that individual Member will be liable for that harm. If more than one Member is at fault then they will be jointly and severally liable for that harm.
  47. Each Member will indemnify the remaining Members against all losses, costs and claims that may arise in the event of the Venture being terminated as a result of breach of the Agreement by that Member.
  48. If a Member is placed in bankruptcy, or withdraws voluntarily from the Venture, or if there is an Operation of Law against a Member, the other Members will be entitled to proceed as if the Member had breached this Agreement.
  49. Distribution of any amount owing to a dissociated Member will be made according to the percentage of ownership as described in the Valuation of Interest or as otherwise may be agreed in writing.
  50. Dissolution of the Joint Venture
  51. The Venture will be dissolved and its assets liquidated in the event of any of the following:
    1. the Term of the Venture expires and is not extended;
    2. a unanimous vote by the Members to dissolve the Venture;
    3. on satisfaction of the exclusive purpose of the Venture;
    4. loss or incapacity through any means of substantially all of the Venture's assets; or
    5. where only one Member remains.
  52. Liquidation
  53. On dissolution, the Venture will be liquidated promptly and within a reasonable time.
  54. On the liquidation of the Venture assets, distribution of any amounts to Members will be made in proportion to their respective capital accounts or as otherwise may be agreed in writing.
  55. Valuation of Interest
  56. In the absence of a written agreement setting a value, the value of the Venture will be determined based on the fair market value appraisal of all Venture assets (less liabilities) in accordance with generally accepted accounting procedures (GAAP) by an independent accounting firm agreed to by all Members. An appraiser will be appointed within a reasonable period of the date of withdrawal or dissolution. The results of the appraisal will be binding on all Members. A withdrawing Member's interest will be based on the proportion of their respective capital account less any outstanding liabilities a Member may have to the Venture. The intent of this section is to ensure the survival of the Venture despite the withdrawal of any individual Member.
  57. No allowance will be made for goodwill, trade name, patents or other intangible assets, except where those assets have been reflected on the Venture books immediately prior to valuation.
  58. Transfer of Member Interest
  59. A Member will not in any way alienate their interest in the Venture or its assets. Any such prohibited transfer, if attempted, will be void and without force or effect.
  60. Force Majeure
  61. A Member will be free of liability to the Venture where the Member is prevented from executing their obligations under this Agreement in whole or in part due to force majeure where the Member has communicated the circumstance of that event to any and all other Members and taken any and all appropriate action to mitigate that event. Force majeure will include, but not be limited to, earthquake, typhoon, flood, fire, and war or any other unforeseen and uncontrollable event.
  62. Duty of Loyalty
  63. Provided a Member has the consent of the majority of the other Members, the Members to this Agreement and their respective affiliates may have interests in businesses other than the Joint Venture business. Neither the Venture nor any other Member will have any rights to the assets, income or profits of any such business, venture or transaction. Any and all businesses, ventures or transactions with any appearance of conflict of interest must be fully disclosed to all other Members. Failure to disclose any potential conflicts of interest will be deemed an Involuntary Withdrawal by the offending Member and may be treated accordingly by the remaining Members.
  64. Confidentiality
  65. All matters relating to this Agreement and the Venture will be treated by the Members as confidential and no Member will disclose or allow to be disclosed any Venture matter or matters, directly or indirectly, to any third party without the prior written approval of all Members except where the information properly comes into the public domain.
  66. This section will survive for one year after the expiration or termination of this Agreement or dissolution of the Venture.
  67. Language
  68. The parties expressly state that the English language is to be the language of choice for this Agreement and all other notices and agreements required by the Venture.
  69. Insurance
  70. The Venture will insure all its assets against loss where reasonable and standard practice in the industry.
  71. Indemnification
  72. Each Member will be indemnified and held harmless by the Venture from any and all harm or damages of any nature relating to the Member's participation in Venture affairs except where the that harm or damages results from gross negligence or willful misconduct on the part of the Member.
  73. Liability
  74. No Member will be liable to the Venture or to any other Member for any error in judgment or any act or failure to act where made in good faith. The Member will be liable for any and all acts or failures to act resulting from gross negligence or willful misconduct.
  75. Liability Insurance
  76. The Venture may acquire insurance on behalf of any Member, employee, agent or other person engaged in the business interest of the Venture against any liability asserted against them or incurred by them while acting in good faith on behalf of the Venture.
  77. Covenant of Good Faith
  78. Members will use their best efforts, fairly and in good faith to facilitate the success of the Venture.
  79. Joint Venture Property
  80. Where allowed by statute, title to all Joint Venture property, including intellectual property, will remain in the name of the Joint Venture. Where joint ventures are not recognized by statute as separate legal entities, Joint Venture property, including intellectual property, will be held in the name of one or more Members. In all cases Joint Venture property will be applied by the Members exclusively for the benefit and purposes of the Joint Venture and in accordance with this Agreement.
  81. Jurisdiction
  82. The Members submit to the jurisdiction of the courts of the State of California for the enforcement of this Agreement and for any arbitration award or decision arising from this Agreement.
  83. Warranties
  84. All Members represent and warrant that they have all authority, licenses and permits to execute and perform this Agreement and their obligations under this Agreement and that the representative of each Member has been fully authorized to execute this Agreement.
  85. Each Member represents and warrants that this Agreement is not in violation of any and all agreements and constitutional documents of the individual Member.
  86. Definitions
  87. For the purpose of this Agreement, the following terms are defined as follows:
    1. "Capital Contributions" The capital contribution to the Joint Venture actually made by the parties, including property, cash and any additional capital contributions made.
    2. "Majority Vote" A Majority Vote is any amount greater than one-half of the authorized votes.
    3. "Operation of Law" The Operation of Law means rights or duties that are cast upon a party by the law, without any act or agreement on the part of the individual including but not limited to an assignment for the benefit of creditors, a divorce, or a bankruptcy.
  88. Miscellaneous
  89. This Venture is termed a contractual joint venture and will not constitute a Partnership. Members will provide services to one another on an arms' length basis while remaining independent business entities. There will be no pooling of profits and losses. Each Member is responsible only for its own actions and will not be jointly or severally liable for the actions of the other Members.
  90. Time is of the essence in this Agreement.
  91. This Agreement may be executed in counterparts. Facsimile signatures are binding and are considered to be original signatures.
  92. Headings are inserted for the convenience of the parties only and are not to be considered when interpreting this Agreement. Words in the singular mean and include the plural and vice versa. Words in the masculine gender include the feminine gender and vice versa. Words in the neuter gender include the masculine gender and the feminine gender and vice versa.
  93. If any term, covenant, condition or provision of this Agreement is held by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, void or unenforceable, it is the parties' intent that such provision be reduced in scope by the court only to the extent deemed necessary by that court to render the provision reasonable and enforceable and the remainder of the provisions of this Agreement will in no way be affected, impaired or invalidated as a result.
  94. This Agreement contains the entire agreement between the parties. All negotiations and understandings have been included in this Agreement. Statements or representations which may have been made by any party to this Agreement in the negotiation stages of this Agreement may in some way be inconsistent with this final written Agreement. All such statements are declared to be of no value in this Agreement. Only the written terms of this Agreement will bind the parties.
  95. This Agreement and the terms and conditions contained in this Agreement apply to and are binding upon the Member's successors, assigns, executors, administrators, beneficiaries, and representatives.
  96. Any notices or delivery required here will be deemed completed when hand-delivered, delivered by agent, or seven (7) days after being placed in the post, postage prepaid, to the parties at the addresses contained in this Agreement or as the parties may later designate in writing.
  97. All of the rights, remedies and benefits provided by this Agreement will be cumulative and will not be exclusive of any other such rights, remedies and benefits allowed by law.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF the parties have duly affixed their signatures under hand and seal on this 1st day of December, 2015.




____________________________ (Member)




____________________________ (Member)

Joint Venture Agreement

What is a Joint Venture Agreement?

A Joint Venture Agreement, also known as a Co-Venture Agreement, is used when two or more business entities or individuals enter into a temporary business relationship (joint venture) for the purposes of achieving a mutual goal. The Joint Venture Agreement sets out the terms and obligations of the members and the joint venture.

Types of Joint Ventures

  • Contractual: a contractual joint venture is where two or more parties agree to collaborate on a project, but do not set up a separate legal entity or pool the profits and losses. Each party keeps their accounting records separate and there are no registration requirements.
  • General Partnership: a joint venture in the form of a general partnership is where the partners agree to share in the profits and losses from the mutual project and each party incurs unlimited liability for the obligations of the partnership. This type of joint venture is mainly used for real estate ventures and not for business endeavors related to research and product development.

Why do Businesses Form Joint Ventures?

Two parties form a joint venture when they wish to join forces for a common purpose where they will each share in the risk and reward. It allows each party to grow without having to look for outside funding.

Other reasons businesses may enter into joint venture relationships are to gain access to wider markets, share resources, fund growth of another business, develop products, diversify, etc.

What is Included in a Joint Venture Agreement?

The following is included in a Joint Venture Agreement:

  • Place of business
  • The type of joint venture
  • Venture details, such as its name, address, purpose, etc.
  • Start and end date
  • Venture members and their capital contributions
  • Member duties and obligations
  • Meeting and voting details
  • Management, dissolution, and assignment of interest details
  • Non-compete, confidentiality, and dispute resolution clauses

Joint Venture vs. Partnership

A joint venture is typically made up of two or more individuals or businesses joining together to complete a project that is limited in scope and time. Its terms are defined under a Joint Venture Agreement. A partnership consists of two or more people who go into business together for the purposes of forming an ongoing business. A partnership is governed by a Partnership Agreement.

Joint Venture Advantages and Disadvantages

Collaborating with another business can offer the following benefits:

  • More financial or technical resources
  • Greater expertise and skills
  • Access to new markets and distribution channels
  • Larger capacity
  • Partner on new and existing products/services
  • Diversification
  • Flexibility and control over the terms of the relationship

Partnering with another business does offer its perks, but there are also some possible risks as well, including:

  • Imbalance in resources, expertise, or investment
  • Different management or leadership styles, or different workplace cultures
  • Poor planning, unclear objectives, or decision making that could lead to misunderstandings

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