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Corporate Matters: Breaking Up Shouldn't Be So Hard to Do

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We have found that clients typically have to be persuaded to think about what will happen if a commercial relationship does not work out. In this issue we will discuss break up provisions and what you should look for when entering a business relationship or other form of contractual obligation.

The problem of what happens if a relationship does not work out as planned can arise in many different legal contexts: (i) Landlord/Tenant – in some instances matters concerning lease renewal are not determined when the lease is signed, but rather, they are negotiated at the expiration of the term; (ii) Joint Venture/Partnerships – many joint ventures or partnership are set up in ways that make deadlock a distinct possibility; (iii) General Contracts – either party to a contract can breach the terms and conditions; (iv) Marriage Contracts – apparently 50% of these are breached by one of the parties (the cleanest resolution of these breaches one governed by a pre-nuptial agreement). When everyone is in a good mood the assets are divided, even when the last thing on anyone’s mind is the division of assets.