Making JV Governance Sing: How to Use a Shareholders' Committee

ONE OF THE ENDURING tenets of good joint venture governance is the central importance of getting true decision makers from each shareholder in the same room, talking directly to each other. In many JVs, however, the actual decision makers are too senior, too busy, or otherwise unwilling to serve on the JV ...

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Alternative Energy: Forces and Consequences

ONE OF THESE DAYS we are not going to need fossil fuels.” Not a routine utterance by an environmental analyst concerned about climate change, but the stunning public admission by Ali al-Naimi that alternative forms of energy are finally going mainstream.  Why does Ali al-Naimi’s prognosis of the future matter? ...

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Joint Venture Board Attendance: Two’s Company, Thirty’s a Crowd

JV BOARD1 MEETINGS are the beating heart of joint venture governance. A mélange of disparate JV owner and, management wants and needs are cast into a quarterly session that shapes the future direction of the business. Structured well, a board meeting promotes candor among Directors, enables discussions on ...

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Small Joint Venture Portfolios, Big Consequences

HUNDREDS OF companies across scores of countries have formed three or more new joint ventures in the last decade (Exhibit 1).  The JV portfolios of some of these companies like ExxonMobil, DowDupont, and Vodafone – are enormous, representing a material portion of the company’s assets, revenue, or income. But ...

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When a JV Must Do an (Uneven) Deal with its Parent Companies

BECAUSE MANY JVs are closely related to – or even directly connected with – parent company businesses, opportunities often emerge for the JV to create value by working with the parents in new and uneven ways. This might mean developing new products, functionality, or technologies favored by one parent. It ...

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Board Ballet: Choreographing the Joint Venture Board Agenda

FOR BETTER OR WORSE, the vast majority of time and attention that JV Board Directors spend thinking about the business or asset happens within the narrow confines of Board and committee meetings. As a result, orchestrating the Board’s annual agenda is a critical tool for JV Chairs and CEOs to engage, energize, ...

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Report from the JV CEO Roundtable: The Questions CEOs Ask Their Peers

WATER STREET PARTNERS recently hosted our 8th annual JV CEO Roundtable at our offices in Washington, DC. We are privileged to regularly convene the world’s only network of JV leaders and felt especially so this year because we are celebrating our ten-year anniversary. We count a few of the participating CEOs ...

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The Joint Venture Operating Model Blueprint
PERHAPS NO OTHER aspect of joint ventures has caused so much trouble as an ill-defined, outdated, or inappropriate operating model. In a general sense, an operating model is a high-level architecture of the organization – how the various structures, systems, processes, and people within the enterprise relate ...

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Lighting the Way with Guiding Principles for Your Joint Venture
IN A PREVIOUS INSIGHT we discussed the challenges of maintaining alignment in joint ventures across multiple levels and topics. In this article we will outline the how and the what. Over the last few years, we have worked with a number of JV Boards and management teams to help develop or revise Guiding ...

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Water Street Partners advises clients on transactions and governance. Our transaction work specializes in joint ventures and other non-M&A partnerships, both in new deal formation and restructuring. On governance, we advise clients on corporate and joint venture governance, working with corporate and joint venture boards, management teams, and individual shareholders. We support clients around the world and across industries. 

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