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The firm’s Franchise and Distribution group assists clients in nearly every phase of the franchising process, from business concept refinement and franchise document preparation to regulatory compliance and franchise sales. The group’s attorneys have had experience with direct licensing, multi-unit franchises, sub-franchising, conversion franchises, combination franchises, “niche” (or alternative location or channel) franchises, and joint ventures. The attorneys have also counseled companies on the impact of laws in particular countries and the range of business terms in individual countries, and they have negotiated agreements and participated in litigation and arbitration proceedings resulting from breach of contract, fraud, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), trademark and copyright infringement, termination, vicarious liability, encroachment, implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing claims, transfer issues, discrimination claims, enforcement of system standards, antitrust, registration and disclosure violations, restrictive covenants, consumer fraud, product liability and securities fraud. Our Franchise and Distribution practice is national and international in scope, having represented clients in more than 100 countries, of all sizes, in a wide range of industries, including:

  • Retail clothing
  • Printing
  • Automotive aftermarket services
  • Automobile rental
  • Restaurants
  • Direct sales
  • Health insurance
  • Credit cards
  • Ice cream shops
  • Video tape rental
  • Cosmetics
  • Lodging
  • Convenience stores
  • Computer services
  • Cleaning services
  • Entertainment
  • Food distribution
  • Pubs
  • Tax preparation services
  • Optical services
  • Personnel services
  • Health care
  • Real estate brokerage
  • Travel agencies
  • Publishing
  • Telecommunications