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Kent Franchise Law Group consistently delivers sophisticated legal advice and business counsel to emerging and middle-market franchise companies and distributors, both nationally and internationally. Our practice includes Business TransactionsFranchise and DistributionIntellectual PropertyLitigation and Employment Law, among other legal services specifically for the franchising industry.

Our boutique structure and affiliation with Stevens & Lee, a full-service law firm, allows us to deliver both the in-depth experience and value of a niche franchise law practice, as well as the depth of services of a large-firm. Our clients receive the highest caliber of representation, whether they have engaged us for a single transaction or for ongoing legal assistance.

We provide proven and favorable results representing prospective and active franchisors and distributors involved in any part of the life cycle of the franchise relationship. Our industry experience is equally broad and deep and includes hospitality, restaurants, staffing, food products, convenience stores, retail, personal care, home services, and financial and insurance services, among others.

We advise on such issues as:

  • Compliance with federal and state franchise laws and regulations, business opportunity and sales-representative laws
  • Drafting of franchise disclosure documents and franchise agreements
  • Preparation and negotiation of franchise, dealer, distributor and supplier agreements
  • Intellectual property use, registration, protection and licensing, nationally and internationally
  • Acquisition and financing of franchise and distribution businesses
  • Franchise, dealer and distribution operational systems and networks
  • Brand development and expansion strategies, both nationally and internationally
  • Manufacturer warranty issues and disputes
  • Renewal and termination of franchises, distributors and dealers
  • Insolvency issues for distressed companies
  • Dispute resolution and litigation
  • Mergers, acquisitions, and other purchase and sale transactions involving franchise and distribution businesses
  • Creation of distribution networks for U.S.-based companies investing in international expansion, and international companies emerging in the U.S. market

A selection of recent successes includes the following representative clients and matters:

  • Private equity company in a $150,000,000 acquisition of two franchise brands consisting of approximately 700 franchise locations
  • Distributor in the sale of 30 retail locations to a private equity company for approximately $20,000,000
  • Franchisor in defense of a trademark infringement claim brought by a competing franchise system
  • Franchised restaurant concept with approximately 20 locations seeking to expand the brand nationally
  • Franchise system of approximately 250 units in conducting a privacy policy audit
  • Private equity company in the sale of two national franchise brands consisting of approximately 750 QSR locations
  • National beverage distributor in licensing of various trademarks and products
  • Medical device manufacturer and distributor in a joint venture with an international manufacturer to increase manufacturing capacity and enter new markets
  • Business in converting a license-based system to a franchise system resulting in improved profitability and operations
  • Area developer in the negotiation of a 150 unit development agreement
  • Private equity company in the acquisition of a mature national franchise brand
  • U.S. franchise brand of approximately 700 units in its expansion into the United Kingdom
  • U.S. franchise brand of approximately 100 units in its expansion into Mexico
  • Mature U.S. franchise brand in its expansion into Brazil via Master Franchise relationship
  • Representation of an owner of a Master Franchise in Costa Rica in a dispute with its U.S.-based franchisor
 
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