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This agreement is for use when a company primarily wishes to bring in employees from a target company, rather than acquiring its business. Acqui-hires are common amongst well-funded startups looking to expand their teams by hiring talent from other startups. Often the employees are acqui-hired from businesses that are failing and are subsequently shut down.

This agreement covers the transfer of the employees and release of any existing restraints, together with a general assignment of intellectual property rights. It sets out the terms of payment of the acquisition amount – this is sometimes paid in tranches and adjusted if the transferring employees subsequently move on soon after completion of the acqui-hire.

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