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Franchise and Distribution

Our national franchise and distribution group has advised hundreds of local and national clients in franchise, licensing and distribution matters including: 

  • Structuring franchise, distribution and licensing programs
  • Advising clients on whether a business arrangement constitutes a franchise, dealership or other agency relationship which results in the application of special laws, both domestically and
  • internationally
  • Preparing Franchise Disclosure Documents and state registrations
  • Counseling clients on registration, renewals, sales compliance, relationship laws and business opportunity laws
  • Advising clients on franchise terminations, transfers and renewals
  • Representing franchise companies (both franchisors and franchisees) in litigation, arbitration, mediation and dispute resolution
  • Assisting in establishing and maintaining franchise compliance programs
  • Protecting brands, including trademark and service mark registration and enforcement
  • Protecting and enforcing other Intellectual Property, including copyright, patent, trade secrets, domain names and trade dress
  • Enforcing non-compete provisions in franchise and distribution agreements
  • Counseling clients on employment, compensation and employee benefits issues and litigation
  • Identifying and minimizing state and local tax issues
  • Acquiring and leasing real estate
  • Advising clients on corporate and real estate financing and capital formation
  • Selecting and structuring entities
  • Leading mergers and acquisitions