Date Published: 2 May 2012
CNPLaw LLP, formerly known as Colin Ng & Partners LLP, acted for Reed Exhibitions, a division of the RELX Group (LSE: REL, NYSE: RELX), in its establishment of an Indonesian joint-venture (based in Jakarta) with Panorama Exhibitions, a leading Indonesia exhibition industry player which is a subsidiary of the Panorama Group (IDX: PANR).
Every business involves an amalgam of various stakeholders, such as investors, shareholders and directors. Ideally, each of these stakeholders should have a common vision of what is best for the company. However, this is rarely the case when individual interests are factored into the equation.
Stakeholder conflicts (regarding issues such as breaches of fiduciary duties, derivative actions, shareholder oppression, management deadlocks, management compensation, dividend payments and buy-outs) can be a thorny issue and can leave a company crippled if not addressed promptly.
Given the diversity of interests at play, we appreciate that a multi-faceted approach is usually the most cost-efficient method of resolving stakeholder conflicts. Therefore, we provide clients with ready access to an integrated team of lawyers (combining the experience of our corporate, dispute resolution and employment law practices where applicable) who will effectively engage the relevant stakeholders in discussions on how best to resolve their differences amicably.
More often than not, clients are able to avoid costly protracted court proceedings and resolve stakeholder conflicts with discretion and expediency.
There are numerous commercial drivers behind the rising popularity of joint ventures as a business/investment structure, including obtaining access to new markets within and across jurisdictions and harnessing the synergies of complementary skill sets.
By advising on how the joint venture should be structured along with related issues, such as the sharing of intellectual property and tax considerations, and documenting the terms of the party’s collaboration, our corporate lawyers help drive your joint venture ideas forward.
We continue to provide support to the joint venture throughout the course of its lifespan by preparing service agreements and other commercial agreements relevant to its operations.
In addition to offering legal insights, our lawyers are experienced at advancing our clients’ interests while being attuned to the ongoing and developing relationship between the respective parties. This contributes towards fostering a spirit of trust which is the cornerstone of any successful joint venture.
The digital transformation age we live in is producing technological disruption in the areas of new media and entertainment at an unprecedented rate. Ultra-high definition, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, robotics, big data analytics, tailored content delivery and fan-centric business-models are some of the innovations presently causing huge changes to traditional models for the production, marketing, publication, dissemination and exploitation of media and content. In the face of an increasingly-demanding consumer base, businesses need to leverage these next-generation technologies to drive growth, increase stakeholder value and stay relevant.
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