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Drafting Joint Venture Agreements

Total Credits
1.5 - 2.5
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Learn the basics of the issues that need to be addressed when drafting Joint Venture Agreements, as well as the specifics of drafting agreements in the areas of construction, mergers and acquisitions and technology. Some of the areas to be addressed include:

M&A and Joint Venture Agreements•Why enter into a Joint Venture?

  • Who has control?
  • How to keep partners in the relationship, and how to get them to leave
  • How to structure profit sharing
  • What happens when the agreement ends

Technology Joint Venture Agreements

  • Who owns the intellectual property during the Joint Venture and after the agreement ends?
  • Control of the Data
  • Responsibility of the parties
  • Agreement on business plan and expected revenues
  • Capital requirements
  • Licensing of software

Construction Joint Venture Agreements

  • Managing and administering a construction project Joint Venture, including: allocation of decision making and minority member protections; special insurance and bonding issues; contract, change order and claim authority; withdrawal and termination; staffing; and project closeout and warranty obligations.

Lecturer Bios

George J. Meyer, Esq.

George Meyer is a construction and real estate lawyer, with extensive experience representing owners, developers, contractors, and designers on large, complex development projects. He handles all types of construction and real estate transactions. That transaction experience includes the preparation, negotiation, award/closing, and administration of development agreements, construction contracts, design-build contracts, construction management agreements, purchase and sale contracts, option agreements, easements, leases, operating agreements, and project financing facilities. Mr. Meyer has worked on major projects all across the country, including many stadiums, arenas, ballparks, convention centers, airports, hospitals, education facilities (primary, secondary, university and research), hotels, casinos, mixed use (residential, retail and commercial), manufacturing facilities, pipelines, refineries and railroads. A few of his projects include CitiField (Mets MLB Ballpark), Miami Art Museum, Heinz Field (Pittsburgh Steelers NFL Stadium), Orlando Magic NBA Arena, Detroit Red Wings NHL Arena, Florida Aquarium, San Antonio Military Medical Center, CityScape (Phoenix Mixed Use Project), Ritz Carlton/JW Marriott Dessert Ridge and Grande Lake Resorts, Florida Marlins Ballpark, and Twin Arrows Casino Project. He has helped clients resolve all manner of contract claims and disputes, including design and construction deficiencies, delay claims, change orders, additional services, construction liens and bond and insurance claims. Mr. Meyer is board certified in Construction Law by The Florida Bar and is a fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and American College of Construction Lawyers. He is consistently rated by Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Business Lawyers and the Legal 500 in 2012 as one of the top construction lawyers in Florida, including previously being named by the Legal 500 as one of the top 10 construction lawyers in the country. He has served as Chair of the ABA's Forum on Construction Law and Chair of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of The Florida Bar. He is the recipient of the RPPTL Section's Construction Law Committee's 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award. Mr. Meyer is the construction industry group co-leader.

Richard Raysman, Esq.

Richard Raysman is a partner in Holland & Knight's New York office. Mr. Raysman concentrates on computer law, outsourcing, complex technology transactions and intellectual property issues. He has significant experience in structuring technology transactions, and his information technology background and understanding of the law have made him uniquely qualified to represent clients for technology issues. Mr. Raysman is a regular guest columnist for the Business & Tech section of The Wall Street Journal. Mr. Raysman has been selected by Chambers USA as one of America's leading outsourcing lawyers. He has also been named by Super Lawyers as a top practitioner. He has litigated reported cases for the New York state and federal courts. Prior to practicing law, Mr. Raysman was a systems engineer for IBM Corporation for six years. Mr. Raysman writes a monthly column on Technology Law for the New York Law Journal and is a member of the Practical Law Company Advisory Board for Intellectual Property & Technology.

Carolyn J. Vardi, Esq.

Carolyn Vardi represents buyers and sellers in public and private mergers and acquisitions, including joint ventures and equity co-investments. Domestic and international corporate clients from a broad range of industries, private equity funds and commercial banks (and their private equity affiliates) benefit from Carolyn's perceptive input into their transactions. Private equity clients especially value Carolyn's guidance in respect of acquisitions and dispositions of portfolio companies. She also has a strong track record advising on general corporate and corporate governance matters.

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