Joint Venture Defined - A Joint Venture is a General Partnership typically formed to undertake a particular business transaction or project rather than one intended to continue indefinitely. Most often, joint ventures are used in real estate matters where 2 or more persons undertake to develop a specific piece of real property.
Joint ventures are also used by companies to gain entrance into foreign markets. Foreign companies form joint ventures with domestic companies already present in markets the foreign companies would like to enter. The foreign companies generally bring new technologies and business practices into the joint venture, while the domestic companies already have the relationships and governmental documents within the country along with being entrenched in the domestic industry.