Conflicts among business partners can be worse than those among married couples. Like a marriage, people typically go into business with rose-colored glasses. In the beginning, both partners are optimistic that the business will meet its growth objectives. Sure, you have some differences about how you will get there, but you assume those will be worked out along the way. When the inevitable problems come up and you are not hitting your targets, partnership disputes often arise. Some of these conflicts become so contentious that they must be resolved for the business to continue.
At Advanced Mediation Solutions (AMS), we have several decades of experience in the corporate world, and we have in-depth expertise mediating business partnership disputes. We have dealt with most issues that arise in a business setting, and we put our extensive experience to work to help partners determine the best path forward for both themselves and the business. Our mediator can also enlist in-house experts when needed to provide professional guidance on unique financial issues that may come up.
Resolution or Dissolution
In order for a business partnership to succeed, the partners need to acknowledge their own weaknesses and be willing to work together toward a common objective. If there are relatively minor differences in personality, values, and goals, these differences should not upend a partnership with the potential to be successful. If, on the other hand, you and your partner are far apart on issues that are fundamental to the business operation, then the best thing for everyone involved may be to sell or dissolve the partnership.
Mediation can be very helpful in determining which type of partnership dispute exists and where to go from here. With our expert guidance, you can uncover the core issues that need to be addressed for the dispute to be resolved. If you determine that you can still work together, we can help you put together a comprehensive operating agreement that governs how you will deal with and overcome similar conflicts and disputes in the future.
It is possible that you will decide that your differences are irreconcilable, and the partnership cannot continue. In such cases, you need to take the proper steps before selling or dissolving the business. Our financial experts can assist with issues such as valuation of the business assets, tax implications, and other matters that will need to be addressed during your exit planning. At any stage in the process, business partners are free to bring in attorneys to ensure that their interests are protected.
Partnership disputes are common in the business world. Some are minor, but others are more contentious and can lead to major conflicts.
At AMS, we provide all the assistance you need under one roof. We can bring business partners together in a cooperative environment that makes it easier to resolve conflicts amicably. To learn more about our mediation services and/or to schedule an initial consultation, contact us today at
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