Business Seminar - B2B Partnering:  Joint Ventures & Teaming Agreements 

Different type of legal vehicles exist to formalise a business arrangement between your organisation and another. This seminar will address legal, taxation, accounting and commercial issues of partnering.

Partnering might be for a buying group, selling group, bidding for a job, property development, development / commercialisation of intellectual property, or other topic of mutual interest to the players.  

Join our senior lawyers for this complimentary seminar , Rob Surman, Paul Gordon and Mark Sallis as they discuss the choice of legal entity, traps and pitfalls, and best practice approaches for different types of initiatives, including - 

Cartel Conduct Law as recently amended

Choice of Vehicle: Pros & Cons

  • Joint venture company, or an unincorporated structure
  • Executive control of the initiative (directorships; project control group)

Mutual Obligations

  • Exclusivity
  • Monetary and non-monetary contributions
  • Confidentiality and data security
  • Duties of good faith

IP & Marketing

  • Ownership and exploitation of legacy / new IP
  • Marketing and publicity

Financial and Tax Considerations

  • Balance Sheet outcomes
  • GST outcomes
  • Income tax outcomes

Employment issues

  • Poaching of employees
  • Secondment of employees


  • A one off or continuing arrangement
  • Deadlock and dispute resolution
  • Pulling the plug

The Speakers:

Rob Surman, Partner: Rob leads the firm's Commercial and Corporate Services practice and has over 30 years' experience advising medium and large tier organisations on the full range of their business operations, including effective structuring, contract negotiation / administration / termination, intellectual property, tender process and procurement, governance frameworks, privacy, data management and data breach. 

Paul Gordon, Senior Associate:  Paul has a broad commercial skill set, specialising in intellectual property, technology and corporate governance.  He is one of Adelaide's leading experts on intellectual property law, and has been recognised in both Doyles Guide for Leading Intellectual Property lawyers and in Australia's Best Lawyers for Commercial Law.

Mark Sallis, Special Counsel: Mark specialises in commercial law with a focus in contract negotiation / preparation / review.  He has many years' expertise in advising business with major projects and initiatives.  His experience extends to teaming arrangements generally, and whether as a joint venture, partnership, trust or lead contractor format. 

Who should attend: 



Wallmans are located at Level 5, 400 King William Street, Adelaide (Corner of Gilles Street).  Please note that 2 hour paid street parking is available on Gilles, Gilbert and King William Streets (dependent on availability).  Additionally there is a paid undercover car park adjacent to the building, with entry from Gilles Street (subject to availability)

Event Details

Date: November 01 2018

Location: Wallmans Lawyers Boardroom, Level 5, 400 King William Street, Adelaide

Time: 9.30-11.30am

Rob Surman
Mark Sallis
Paul Gordon

Cost: 0.00


Contact us if you would like to make a large (10+) group booking.