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Joint ventures

We help businesses of all sizes across a range of sectors set up joint ventures, allowing our clients to enter  or expand into new markets, develop new products or reinforce relationships between suppliers and customers. We are experienced advisers on transactions involving both local alliances and international joint ventures, together with the associated HR, tax and regulatory issues each brings with it. We support clients on every aspect of a joint venture, from conception through execution to management, including structuring, offshoring, competition issues, contractual architecture, employment issues and intellectual property.

We advise our clients, as shareholder to the joint venture, in the negotiation of their rights and obligations towards the other parties and towards the joint venture itself. We also assist with the drafting of any ancillary agreements supporting the joint venture.

We work with large publicly-listed companies as well as smaller privately-owned companies; whatever your size or structure, or reason to set up a joint venture, we are focused on helping to deliver the growth you are looking to achieve.

Experience


EE

Advised the UK’s largest mobile network operator on a joint venture with Telefonica and Vodafone to create a mobile wallet platform, as well as on a joint venture with Barclaycard to deliver the UK’s first contactless mobile payment product.

Carphone Warehouse

Worked to establish a £2.2 billion joint venture with American retailer Best Buy, and later worked to unwind the venture when Carphone Warehouse bought out its partner.

SNCF

Advised Ermewa, the freight asset management subsidiary of SNCF, the French national rail operator, on its sale of 50% of the shares of its wholly-owned locomotive operator Akiem to Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management, allowing Akiem to improve its fleet and expand further.

British Waterways and Canary Wharf Group

Helped the two companies establish the Wood Wharf Limited Partnership, which opened up land in London’s Canary Wharf to new development.

NoHo Film and ITV

Advised on the formation of a joint venture TV production backed by ITV Studios, one of the UK’s largest television production companies.

Blue-ng

Advised a joint venture between National Grid and 20C on its projects to exploit renewable energy in the natural gas transmission network.

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