The Legal Status of the Joint Venture

28 Pages Posted: 20 Aug 2009 Last revised: 17 Sep 2009

Date Written: August 20, 2009


Commercial actors commonly describe their group undertakings as joint ventures. That practice has infiltrated the judicial lexicon and appears to be fostering a supposition on the part of some judges that a joint venture is a distinct legal form. The supposition is unwarranted. A review of the American, English, Australian and Canadian case law and commentary discloses no substantive basis for the claim of distinct status.

Keywords: joint venture, distinct status, single transaction, partnership, syndicate, strategic alliance, share product

Suggested Citation

Flannigan, Robert, The Legal Status of the Joint Venture (August 20, 2009). Alberta Law Review, Vol. 46, pp. 713-739, 2009. Available at SSRN:

Robert Flannigan (Contact Author)

University of Saskatchewan ( email )

15 Campus Drive
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7N 5A6
306-966-5876 (Phone)
306-966-5900 (Fax)

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