Franchise Lawyer Blog

  • A Message About COVID-19
    Recently, we have received numerous inquiries from clients, including those in the retail and hospitality industries, concerned about the impact that Covid-19 will have on their businesses. Although the landscape...
  • A Franchisor's Due Diligence for International Franchising
           When a U.S. franchise system wants to expand internationally, the franchisor must perform the appropriate due diligence before selling units to franchisees in another country. Franchisors must...
  • Franchise Disclosure Documents and Registration
    The proper preparation of a franchise disclosure document (“FDD”) can be complex and the rules governing such preparation are often evolving, so it is beneficial for franchisors to engage a...
  • Franchising and Real Estate
              Franchise law often overlaps with real estate law for the simple reason that many franchised businesses need a commercial or retail space in which to...
  • Multi-Unit Franchisees and Area Developers
                 Multi-unit and area development agreements are two more aggressive ways to grow a franchise system. However, with these endeavors come higher stakes and less...
  • How A Franchisor Makes Its Website Legally Compliant

           Franchising is highly regulated to create a fair and open marketplace for potential franchisees looking to make an investment in a business. In addition to...

  • Restaurant Leases: Your lease should be an asset, not a liability
    Restaurant Leases: Your lease should be an asset, not a liability

    When opening a restaurant, the restaurant owner’s top priority lease concerns typically are the financial and business...

  • Commercial Leases in Franchising, continued
    Negotiating Relocation Rights for Franchisees/Tenants

    A relocation provision, in its simplest description, is a contractual right in a commercial lease that permits the landlord to relocate a tenant...

  • How Does Termination of a Master Franchise Agreement Affect the Unit Franchisees?
    A master franchise is quite different from other types of franchises such as the single unit, multi-unit or area development franchise. A master franchise agreement grants the right to another...
  • The New FASB Rule: What Does it mean for Franchisors?
    As we highlighted in a previous blog, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) new rule on revenue recognition requires a franchisor to recognize revenue from the sale of a franchise...

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