Ask the Expert: The Tango Terms: Public master agreements for everyday business engagements
5th March 2020 Virtual Event Ask The Expert (ATE) Webinars
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Our speaker, long-time IACCM member and part-time law professor D.C. Toedt (the last name is pronounced "Tate"), is developing the Tango Terms Master Agreement to serve as public, annotated, incorporate-by-reference terms for common business contracts, to help companies jump-start their dealings together as well as to provide newcomers with a resource for understanding how contracts work.

Companies often need standard-type contracts such as NDAs, services agreements, referral-commission agreements, channel-partnership agreements, and the like. Too often, the parties' dealings are delayed by the need to draft and negotiate contract legalese. (And some small businesses surely enter into suboptimal contracts because they can't afford professional advice.) With the Tango Terms, companies can instead elect to sign a short-form contract that adopts the Tango Terms Master NDA, the Tango Terms Master Referral Agreement, etc., or just the Tango Terms Master Agreement as a whole. 

The Tango Terms Master Agreement features (i) baseline terms — written in a readable question-and-answer format — to support sensible business operations, together with (ii) playbook-style options and (iii) extensive footnotes to help newcomers and seasoned professionals alike. The initial release addresses matters such as confidential information; limitations of liability; letters of intent; provision of services; order fulfilment; software- and IP licensing; payments; guarantees; dispute management; general provisions; a glossary of standard defined terms; and more. 

The author has long used the Tango Terms materials in his law-school classes and his law practice. He plans to make each successive version permanently available online as a free PDF download, in part to help startups and small businesses to get workable contracts to signature sooner at a lower cost.

Attendees of this Webinar will be provided with a link to download the initial release not only as a PDF but also as an editable Word document, at no charge.


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  • 8:00 pm Dubai
  • 9:30 pm Mumbai
  • 12:00 am Perth / Singapore / Beijing

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D. C. Toedt III is an attorney, arbitrator, and part-time law professor teaching advanced contract drafting, based in Houston. He was formerly vice president and general counsel of BindView Corporation, a publicly-traded software company (which as outside counsel he had helped the founders to start), until the company's successful exit when it was acquired by Symantec. Before joining BindView, he was a partner and member of the management committee at Arnold, White & Durkee, one of the largest intellectual-property litigation boutiques in the U.S., with some 150 lawyers in six officers. Growing up all over as part of a military family, D.C. received his undergraduate degree in mathematics (high honours) and his law degree (law review) from the University of Texas at Austin; in between college and law school, he served his ROTC scholarship payback time as a U.S. Navy nuclear engineering officer, with two extended overseas deployments aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise. More information is at http://www.OnContracts.com/About.



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