Misalignment Management in JVs: Dispute Prevention & Resolution

August 17, 2022

Joint ventures and other partnerships can be uniquely valuable corporate vehicles to access capabilities, expand into new markets, gain scale, drive cost synergies, or share risks. But such ventures are also prone to misalignment, dispute, and deadlock. This online briefing explores way joint venture partners can prevent, de-escalate, and resolve disputes. Specifically, we’ll share Ankura’s benchmarking and analysis of 137 joint venture agreements for dispute-related terms and provide insights from this data and our experience working on joint ventures to assist dealmakers and JV governors in avoiding and addressing JV disputes.

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About the Speakers

James Bamford

James Bamford is a Senior Managing Director and Global Leader of Ankura’s Joint Ventures & Partnerships Practice at Ankura based in Washington, DC. He joined Ankura with the firm’s 2020 acquisition of Water Street Partners, which he co-founded in 2008. Water Street Partners has been independently ranked as the number one global advisor on joint ventures since 2017. Prior to Water Street, he was global co-lead of the Joint Venture & Alliance Practice at McKinsey & Company.

Tracy Branding Pyle

Tracy Branding Pyle is a Managing Director at Ankura who specializes in helping organizations navigate complex transactions, and, in particular, joint venture-related transactions. She works with a wide array of U.S. and international companies across industries to help them structure, negotiate, approve, and launch joint ventures to set these ventures up for success. She additionally advises on governance of individual joint ventures and portfolios of joint ventures to help companies to minimize risk, increase efficiencies, and find value. Prior to joining Ankura, Tracy practiced law at Hogan Lovells, where she advised clients on joint ventures, public and private mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance matters. Tracy is based in Washington, DC.

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