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Joint Venture FAQ
What is a Joint Venture?
A joint venture is a general partnership typically formed to undertake a particular business transaction or project and is intended to exist for a limited time period. A joint venture is created with a specific project in mind and generally dissolves once the project has been completed. Members of the joint venture are exposed to full legal liability. A joint venture is treated like a partnership for federal income tax purposes.
When are Joint Ventures used?
Joint ventures may be formed for a vast variety of purposes. Joint ventures are commonly used in real estate matters where two or more persons undertake to develop a specific piece of real property.
Joint ventures are also widely used by companies to gain entrance into foreign markets.
Foreign companies form joint ventures with domestic companies already present in markets the foreign companies would like to enter. The foreign companies generally contribute new technologies and business practices to the joint venture, while the domestic companies contribute their relationships and requisite governmental documents within the country, along with their established involvement in the domestic industry.
How is a joint venture formed?
Joint ventures are usually formed through the legal procedures of creating a memorandum of understanding, a joint venture agreement, any ancillary agreements, and obtaining regulatory approval.