We focus on assisting existing franchisors, and those who are looking to franchise their business, with structuring, forming and maintaining their franchise systems.
We understand the complexities of franchise laws and regulations and their impact on franchisors’ disclosure and compliance obligations, as well as the implications of these laws and regulations on the franchisor-franchisee relationship. Through helping our clients navigate these legal areas, our goal is to assist our clients in unlocking the power of their brands and business concepts through franchising, while providing trusted guidance to avoid potential pitfalls and missteps in pursuit of the franchise business model. In particular, the attorneys in our group are capable advisors that assist our franchise clients in preparing and refining their franchise disclosure document (the FDD) in compliance with disclosure requirements, representing our clients in registering their FDD with applicable registration states, and protecting our clients’ interests in franchise disputes in litigation and pre-litigation matters. For many franchisors, preparing and maintaining their FDD may seem like a daunting process, but we are here for our clients to guide them through the process and advise them on ongoing compliance, so they can focus on building their brand and systems and expanding and strengthening their franchisee network.
When the business context is right, we also counsel our clients to help them identify when a licensing arrangement is appropriate to advance their business objectives. Accordingly, we have also assisted with the preparation and negotiation of licensing agreements across a variety of industries. Whether we are assisting our franchise clients with developing their franchise agreements or our licensing and distribution clients with preparing and drafting licensing/distribution agreements, our group works closely with our clients to ensure a final work product that efficiently addresses our clients’ needs and that is specifically tailored to the business relationship.
The services we provide our franchisor clients include:
The services we provide our licensing and distribution clients include:
We also advise current franchisees, and those who are considering purchasing a franchise offering, with the review of their franchisor’s FDD and franchise agreement and negotiations with franchisors. Given both our group’s expertise regarding the franchise relationship and our firm’s extensive mergers and acquisitions experience, we are also uniquely qualified to represent both buyers and sellers of existing franchised businesses in the tri-party relationship among buyer, seller and franchisor.