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Partnership Agreement

Last revision Last revision 01/03/2024
Formats FormatsWord and PDF
Size Size4 to 7 pages
4.1 - 11 votes
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Last revisionLast revision: 01/03/2024

FormatsAvailable formats: Word and PDF

SizeSize: 4 to 7 pages

Rating: 4.1 - 11 votes

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A Partnership Agreement, also known as a Partnership Contract, is a written agreement between two or more individuals who intend to form and carry on a business (known as partnership) for the purpose of making profit.

This document is a crucial foundation document for running a new business. The Agreement protects all the Partners involved in the business as it outlines the nature of the business, the money contributed by each partner and the rights and responsibility of the partners, etc. In Nigeria, a Partnership is registered as a business name at the Corporate Affairs Commission.

There are two types of Partnership existing in Nigeria namely: the General Partnership and the Limited Liability Partnership. In a Limited Liability Partnership, the liability of all the partners is limited and they are not personally liable for debts incurred by the Partnership business. In General Partnership, all the partners are jointly and severally liable for all the debts incurred by the business and their liability also extends to both existing and previous partners of the business.


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A Partnership Agreement can be created as a first step to outline the Partners' responsibilities before the Partners start doing business together or after they have started doing the business already. In this document, the form filler must fill the following information:

  • Name of the Partnership: The form filler must enter the registered name of the Partnership. This is the name stated in the certificate of registration issued by the Corporate Affairs Commission. Partnership is usually registered as a business name.
  • Place of Business: This is the principal place of business of the Partnership.
  • Purpose of Business: This is the business the Partners intend to carry out in the Partnership.
  • Capital Contribution: This is the initial contribution the Partners are willing to make. It can be money, property, services, etc. The form filler is required to state the amount of money each Partner will be contribute and where the contribution is not in monetary form, state the type of contribution and the cash value of the contribution.
  • Profit and Loss Distribution: The form filler is required to state how the profits and losses will be distributed between the Partners.
  • Ownership Interest of the Partners: This is the percentage of the Partnership owned by each Partner.
  • Management and Voting Requirements: This describes how the Partnership will be managed, the type of votes required for admitting and removal of a Partner, making financial decisions, etc.
  • Dissolution of the Partnership: This outlines the circumstances in which the Partnership can be dissolved and how the remaining assets will be divided between the Partners.


After filling this document, all the Partners must sign the document and each Partner must give a person to witness the document. The witness who must be at least 18 years old, is required to hand fill the necessary information required and sign the document. All the Partners must have different witnesses.

After the document has been duly signed, every Partner must keep at least one copy each for record purposes.


Applicable laws

The Companies and Allied Matters Act is applicable to this agreement as it relates to the registration of Partnership business and provides for the requirements for registration. According to the Act, the maximum number of Partners a Partnership can have is 20 (twenty), except law firms and accounting firms. What this means is that, every Partnership business other than a law firm and accounting firm must not have more than 20 (twenty) Partners.

Also, the Partnership laws at both Federal and State levels are applicable to this Agreement.


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