Thu 12th Sep – Secrets of Good Joint Ventures: Stephen Gibson, Jim Valery and Craig Merhtens

We are fortunate to have 3 experienced industry professionals present to the group on the building blocks of good joint venture agreements, what to consider and how you can make JV partnerships work.

Stephen Gibson is a director of McCarthy Durie Lawyers, heads up the firm’s property Law Department and one of a very few lawyers accredited by the Queensland Law Society as a Specialist Property Lawyer. He has extensive experience acting in all nature of property transactions and developments in Queensland, including property syndication and JVs. In his spare time, he builds townhouses in Redland City.

While Jim Valery hails from a mining background and became the Queensland Secretary of the CFMEU Mining and Energy Division, he decided to be a full time property investor and developer in 2012. He now has some 4 projects on the go now, with projects all structured around land. However, he has also previously done build projects, including 22 apartments and a town house site.

Craig Merhtens has worked for a number of large development companies and is a qualified accountant. He has completed several development projects over the years and is has partnered with Jim and others on a number of these.

JV agreements are typically utilised as vehicles to provide the capital and expertise needed to undertake projects that any one individual may not possess on their own. Like most creatures of the law, however, the devil lies in the detail, and there are a multitude of legal and accounting issues that should be addressed in formulating a solid Joint Venture arrangement. Stephen will discuss the building blocks of a good joint venture agreement, some of the most common ‘vehicles’ used for property joint ventures in Queensland and some of the legal tricks and traps that affect the unwary.

Following Stephen’s presentation, Jim and Craig will describe how they built effective JV relationships and how they have made this work over a number of development projects.

There will be a panel session following Stephen’s, Jim’s and Craig’s presentation when you can ask questions.

Meeting room doors open at 6.30 pm for a 7.00 pm start. We finish around 9.00 pm.

Enjoy a meal at the hotel before the meeting and/or a drink afterwards.

You might like to bring a jacket/ cardigan too, in case the room gets a little cool. And, of course, Business Cards!

RSVP as we have limited places available!

There is plenty of parking and remember, you are always welcome to bring along friends or relatives who are interested in property investing – it is all about networking with like-minded people! Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided.

Only $20 per head entry charge or $30 per couple, payable online, at the door via cash or card reader. There is a $5 entry discount if you spend more than $10 on food or drink in the hotel.


  1. Bring Your Pads, Pens, iPad or whatever it takes but don’t forget to take notes. When you come to the Property Meeting, please bring something to take notes – you don’t want to miss a thing as we’ll be sharing very valuable information on the night!
  2. Brisbane 2019 Property Meeting Calendar- 10 Oct, 14 Nov, Dec – to be advised

I look forward to seeing you there.

Location Function Room in the Lord Stanley Hotel, on 994 Stanley Street East, East Brisbane Qld 4169.
Map Click here for map
Date 12/09/2019
Time 6:30 registration for a 7:00 pm start

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