Webcast: Joint Venture Governance: Best Practices for JV Board Directors and Dealmakers

April 27, 2022

Prospective joint venture partners frequently spend many hours discussing governance matters because they understand strong governance can be a key to venture success. In this recorded webcast, experts from Gibson Dunn and Ankura Consulting talk about designing an effective joint venture governance system. In particular, they discuss the following:

  • Why joint venture governance matters, and the relationship between governance and venture performance
  • How to make decisions regarding board structure and composition, including board size, quorum requirements, and the role of independent directors, observers, and committees
  • How to manage fiduciary duties and other conflicts of interest joint venture board directors face
  • What practical steps can be taken to ensure that governance processes continue to operate smoothly after the venture commences operation, and as the venture evolves over time

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Stephen Glover is a partner in Gibson Dunn’s Washington, D.C. office and has served as Co-Chair of the firm’s Mergers and Acquisitions practice group. Mr. Glover has an extensive practice representing public and private companies in complex mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances and joint ventures, as well as other corporate matters. Mr. Glover’s clients include large public corporations, emerging growth companies and middle market companies in a wide range of industries. He also advises private equity firms, individual investors and others.

Alisa Babitz is of counsel in Gibson Dunn’s Washington, D.C. office.  She is a member of the firm’s Mergers and Acquisitions practice group.  Ms. Babitz advises public and private companies on a wide range of general corporate, securities and M&A matters including acquisitions, dispositions and other business combinations; strategic alliances and joint ventures; public and private securities offerings; and venture capital investments.

James Bamford is a Senior Managing Director at Ankura and Head of the Joint Venture and Partnership Practice. He joined Ankura with the firm’s 2020 acquisition of Water Street Partners, which he co-founded in 2008. Mr. Bamford serves a global client base on joint venture transactions, governance, restructurings, and other partnership issues. He has advised clients on more than 200 venture transactions valued at more than $300 billion. He has served clients across multiple industries and in more than 50 countries. Mr. Bamford is author of two books and more than 100 articles on joint ventures and alliances.

Tracy Pyle is a Managing Director in Ankura’s Joint Venture and Partnership Practice. Ms. Pyle advises clients on joint ventures, partnerships, and alliances across the entire lifecycle of a partnership – from formation through launch, management, restructuring, and exit. She also advises companies on managing a portfolio of joint ventures. Ms. Pyle has written on the subject of joint ventures in numerous publications, including Sloan Management Review and the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance.


This program has been approved for credit in accordance with the requirements of the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board for a maximum of 1.0 credit hour, of which 1.5 credit hour may be applied toward the areas of professional practice requirement.  This course is approved for transitional/non-transitional credit.

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California attorneys may claim “self-study” credit for viewing the archived version of this webcast.  No certificate of attendance is required for California “self-study” credit.