Joint ventures


Joint ventures are an important strategic option for many businesses and in recent years have become increasingly prevalent as a medium through which companies undertake significant business activities and projects. They often give rise to complex and intertwined legal issues. Our in-depth appreciation of these issues enables our clients to meet their business objectives quickly and effectively.

We advise on all forms of joint ventures including:

  • traditional corporate joint ventures;
  • partnerships;
  • contractual joint ventures;
  • strategic alliances; and
  • shareholder agreements.

We are committed to understanding your underlying commercial objectives and will work closely with your accountants to create a joint venture structure which meets your operational, accounting, regulatory, legal and tax requirements. We are also able to advise on the implementation of a suitable legal and operational framework to help you achieve the aims of the joint venture.

Our depth of expertise in specialist areas including: intellectual property; competition; tax; regulatory; and litigation and dispute resolutions, ensure that your interests are protected and your commercial needs met at all times during the life of the joint venture.


  • "The experience was so positive, I am looking forward to working with them again."

    Chambers UK 2017

  • "They became an invaluable partner to our business and an absolutely integral part of the deal. What stands out is their incredible sense of co-ordination internally. It didn't matter who we called, what time or when, everyone was all co-ordinated, updated and fully immersed in our issues."

    Chambers UK 2016

  • Clients turn to Macfarlanes LLP to avail of the team’s 'strong analytical, negotiation and drafting skills' and 'practical business advice'. In an impressive demonstration of its ability to handle high-end, complex transactions, the team acted as co-counsel to Verizon on the purchase of Vodafone’s interest in Verizon Wireless

    The UK Legal 500 2014