Business Structures

Brookfields Lawyers advise clients on their choice of business structures and helps them to tailor their chosen vehicles to best achieve their particular goals. Making the right choice depends on the ability to weigh all the options in the overall business and legal context and spotting the traps for the inexperienced player.

The most common business structures are:

  • Companies
  • Partnerships
  • Limited partnerships
  • Joint ventures
  • Trusts and trading trusts

Other arrangements which might be considered business structures include:

  • Alliance contracting
  • Public Private Partnerships

Some structures are more suitable for specific projects than others and some have better long term benefits. Sometimes it may be necessary to use a combination of structures - such as a corporate body acting as the trustee of a trust. Relevant factors might be:

  • Your financial circumstances and/or the type of assets involved
  • How much control you need
  • The degree of risk involved
  • Expected life span of the enterprise
  • Your relationship to other parties to the transaction
  • Asset planning (for example marital/relationship impacts)
  • Tax implications
  • Succession planning

What we do:

  • advise on possible structures from companies through to partnerships and trusts
  • tailor a business structure to meet the particular needs
  • prepare and review all contractual and other documentation
  • due diligence
  • financing documentation

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