Joint Venture Agreement

This is a basic joint venture agreement for parties who wish to pursue a joint business venture. You can download this for free, but you should consult with a business attorney to customize this basic joint venture agreement more to your unique situation.


 This Joint Venture Agreement (the “Agreement) is made as of [Date] by and between [Joint Venturer 1], a [(entity type, if applicable, and state of incorporation/registration/formation, i.e., a Delaware corporation)] (the “First Party”), and [Joint Venturer 2], a [(entity type, if applicable, and state of incorporation/ registration/formation)] (the “Second Party,” and collectively, the “Parties”).

WHEREAS the First Party is engaged in the business of [briefly describe First Party’s business]                                                                                                          

WHEREAS the Second Party is engaged in the business of [briefly describe Second Party’s business]                                                          

WHEREAS the Parties wish to join together in a joint venture for the purpose of [briefly describe the purpose of the joint venture]                                                                      

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, in consideration of the mutual covenants, promises, warranties and other good and valuable consideration set forth herein, the Parties agree as follows:

1.  Formation.  The joint venture formed pursuant to this Agreement (the “Joint Venture”) shall do business under the name [Name of Joint Venture Business], and shall have its legal address at [Legal address of Joint Venture Business].  The Joint Venture shall be considered in all respects a joint venture between the Parties, and nothing in this Agreement shall be construed to create a partnership or any other fiduciary relationship between the Parties.

2.  Purpose.  The Joint Venture shall be formed for the purpose of [describe in detail the business that will be conducted by the Joint Venture]                                                                                                                                                                               

3.  Contributions.

a.    The Parties shall each make an initial contribution to the Joint Venture according to the following terms:

i.    First Party’s Contribution:  [State specifically the amount of First Party’s financial contribution, as well as any equipment, goods or other value contributed by First Party.  Include the % of total funds contributed by Second Party.  Also include the date by which such contributions must be made.]                                                                                                               .

ii.   Second Party’s Contribution:  [State specifically the amount of Second Party’s financial contribution, as well as any equipment, goods or other value contributed by First Party.  Include the % of total funds contributed by Second Party.  Also include the date by which such contributions must be made.]                                                                                                                                 .

b.   A bank account at the bank of [Bank Name] shall be established by [the managing party; see Section 5 below], into which the financial contributions of the Parties shall be deposited, for use in the set-up, operation, and administration of the Joint Venture.

c.   In the event that the Joint Venture requires additional funds to be contributed to it by the Parties, such additional contributions shall be made in the following proportion: [state the proportion that each Party shall be responsible for contributing in the event additional funds are required]                                                                                                                                                                              .

4.  Distribution of Profits.  Any and all net profits accruing to the Joint Venture shall be held and distributed to the Parties in the following proportion: [State the proportion of profits to be received by First Party and Second Party]                                                                                                                                                      

5.  Management.  The Joint Venture shall be managed according to the following terms:   [Describe structure of management; procedures for appointing/selecting managers, including chief executive officer or general manager; fees/compensation for managers, if any]

6.  No Exclusivity.  Neither Party shall be obligated to offer any business opportunities or to conduct business exclusively with the other Party by virtue of this Agreement.

7.  Term.  This Agreement shall remain in full force and effect, for a period of [Number of years] from the date of this Agreement (the “Initial Term”).  [Optional: Upon the expiration of the Initial Term, the Agreement shall be automatically renewed for successive periods of one year each (each, a “Renewal Term”), unless either Party gives written notice of termination to the other Party at least 30 days prior to (but in no case more than 60 days prior to) the expiration of the Initial Term or of any Renewal Term.] At any time, this Agreement may also be terminated by mutual written consent of the Parties.  If this Agreement either expires or is terminated, the Joint Venture shall be terminated as well, and all Parties’ obligations under this Agreement with respect to the operation and administration of the Joint Venture shall no longer have force or effect.

8.  Confidentiality.  Any information pertaining to either Party’s business to which the other Party is exposed as a result of the relationship contemplated by this Agreement shall be considered to be “Confidential Information.”  Neither Party may disclose any Confidential Information to any person or entity, except as required by law, without the express written consent of the affected Party.

9.  Further Actions.  The Parties hereby agree to execute any further documents and to take any necessary actions to complete the formation of the Joint Venture.

10.  Assignment.  Neither Party may assign or transfer their respective rights or obligations under this Agreement without prior written consent from the other Party.  Except that if the assignment or transfer is pursuant to a sale of all or substantially all of a Party’s assets, or is pursuant to a sale of a Party’s business, then no consent shall be required.  In the event that an assignment or transfer is made pursuant to either a sale of all or substantially all of the Party’s assets or pursuant to a sale of the business, then written notice must be given of such transfer within 10 days of such assignment or transfer.

11.  Governing Law.  This Agreement shall be construed in accordance with, and governed in all respects by, the laws of the State of [State], without regard to conflicts of law principles.

12.  Counterparts.   This Agreement may be executed in several counterparts, each of which shall constitute an original and all of which, when taken together, shall constitute one agreement.

13.  Severability.   If any part or parts of this Agreement shall be held unenforceable for any reason, the remainder of this Agreement shall continue in full force and effect. If any provision of this Agreement is deemed invalid or unenforceable by any court of competent jurisdiction, and if limiting such provision would make the provision valid, then such provision shall be deemed to be construed as so limited.

14.  Notice.   Any notice required or otherwise given pursuant to this Agreement shall be in writing and mailed certified return receipt requested, postage prepaid, or delivered by overnight delivery service, addressed as follows:


      If to First Party:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

             [Name and address of first party]                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

      If to Second Party:                                                                                                                    

              [Name and address of second party]                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

      If to Joint Venture:                                                                                                                    

              [Name and address of Joint Venture]                                                                                                                                             


15.  Headings.   The headings for section herein are for convenience only and shall not affect the meaning of the provisions of this Agreement.

16.  Entire Agreement.   This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between First Party and Second Party, and supersedes any prior understanding or representation of any kind preceding the date of this Agreement. There are no other promises, conditions, understandings or other agreements, whether oral or written, relating to the subject matter of this Agreement


IN WITNESS OF WHICH the parties have signed this agreement the day and year first above written.


Signed by or on behalf of the First Joint Venturer:


Name of [First Joint Venturer]


[Street Address of First Joint Venturer]


[City, State, Zip Code of First Joint Venturer]


[Occupation of First Joint Venturer]


Signed by or on behalf of the Second Joint Venturer:


[Name of Second Joint Venturer]


[Street Address of Second Joint Venturer]


[City, State, Zip Code of Second Joint Venturer]


[Occupation of Second Joint Venturer]

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