With on the ground experts in our UK, Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific offices, we help businesses operating in a wide range of sectors to achieve their growth objectives via franchising.
We understand the core elements and dynamics of both franchising and distribution relationships. We provide guidance on how a franchise model can and should be structured depending on whether you are looking to achieve domestic or international expansion, make use of franchising as a new growth channel, or turn an existing corporate business into a franchise business.
Whilst we support the global expansion of some of the world’s best-known brands, we are also committed to helping small and medium-sized businesses achieve their objectives. As well as advising franchisors and businesses looking to expand via distribution, we also work with brands, developers, master franchisees, multi-unit/multi-brand franchise operators, and groups of franchisees in class actions. We understand the opportunities franchising can bring to your business and are passionate about helping you realise them.
With more than 1,300 lawyers across a network of 31 offices, we are able to provide growing businesses with on the ground support in these regions through our international offices.
We also support with the drafting and negotiation of the core franchise, distribution and legal documentation and advise on international franchise market entry regulations. Importantly, we support you in dealing with ongoing franchise and distribution network management issues, including dispute resolution and avoidance.
We also advise on key related areas, such as the protection and management of your brand portfolio, as well as your online and social media presence and support relating to e-commerce, m-commerce and the use of technology. As a franchisor, it is important from the outset to consider not only your own exit and investment strategy, but also the exit options for your franchisees. As part of our strategic planning and structuring advice, we advise franchisors on various tax and corporate structures, as well as helping to implement these.
Our dedicated franchise disputes specialists advise clients on all stages of the dispute resolution process, including domestic and international litigation and arbitration.