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Joint Ventures

Joint ventures provide a structure for cooperation that allows businesses to share risk, resources and rewards. Our Europe-wide network of lawyers have a wealth of experience helping clients put in place – and, when necessary, unwind – joint venture arrangements across a range of industries and sectors.

Notable deals

  • Advising French sportswear label Lacoste on the acquisition from Pentland Group of the Lacoste footwear distribution businesses in France, Germany, Canada and the US and the creation of a joint venture for the worldwide manufacture of Lacoste footwear.  
  • Advising German family-owned Huf Group in connection with the signing of framework agreements for the establishment of a joint venture in tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) with Chinese automotive supplier Baolong.
  • Advising a group of broadcasters and internet service providers (BBC, ITV, Channel 4, BT, TalkTalk, Arqiva and Channel 5) on the ground-breaking YouView JV. The high profile joint venture was widely acknowledged to be one of the most important developments in the broadcast industry. 
  • Advising long-standing client JSC KazMunaiGas Exploration Production on the sale of a 49% interest in JSC Karpovskiy Severniy, holder of an oil and gas exploration license in Kazakhstan, to MOL plc. The deal involved creation of a joint venture company in the Netherlands to develop exploration assets in Kazakhstan.
  • Advising German asset manager and fund provider Hannover Leasing and Exporo Investment GmbH on issuing their first joint real estate bond.
  • Advising on the investment by an oil supermajor alongside other investors in a company running a trans-national pipeline project. The investment could lead to a full-scale joint venture project for the construction of the pipeline at a value of in excess €3 billion. 
  • Advising Portland Gas on the creation of a study group of international companies to investigate the feasibility of developing a £500 million joint venture for the development of a major gas storage project in the Isle of Portland.