We combine deep experience with technical knowledge and insight on current business terms to address any franchise, distribution or brand expansion issue. Our team has decades of experience advising on the structuring and operation of franchise and other brand systems, and we represent brands throughout their life cycles: from start-up and middle market stages to mature systems. When needed, we help franchisors deal with distressed franchisees and supply chain vendors.

As global brand expansion experts, we also help our franchise and other brand-centric clients expand through franchising, licensing, joint ventures, direct investment and supply chain development. We have worked with brands expanding to almost every commercialized jurisdiction in the world and we are intimately familiar with the franchise and other commonly-applicable laws in each jurisdiction. We also have the knowledge and experience to provide holistic planning, structuring and implementation advice – from tax, trademark and corporate structuring, to local labor and employment, to real estate and contracts, to competition, anti-corruption and compliance issues.

Our team, led by Dallas-based Will Woods, is here to help you grow as your one-stop shop for advice.

 


Why Baker McKenzie


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  Leader in our field   Broad practice expertise  
  We are active in the International Franchise Association, ABA Forum on Franchising and the International Bar Association, and are recognized as industry leaders locally, nationally and internationally by Chambers Global, Chambers USA, the International Who's Who of Franchise Lawyers and Franchise Times.   We are ranked Band 1 for Franchising by Chambers Global, with more ranked attorneys than any other firm and described as a "top firm with an international footprint stretching across all continents".  

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  Forefront of franchising   Unparalleled depth and breadth  
  Our deep connections in the franchise legal and business communities uniquely position us to provide cutting-edge advice and insight. We leverage our knowledge and experience across multiple industries to benefit our clients.   Supported by a team of highly qualified commercial, compliance, IP, privacy, antitrust/competition, dispute resolution, corporate, tax and employment lawyers around the world, we are equipped to address all of your franchising, distribution and brand expansion needs.  

 

 


Our Services

  • Proactive, preventive counseling and best practice advice
  • Advice on strategy, structuring and implementation
  • Negotiations and closings 
  • Compliance audits, trainings and seminars to develop internal compliance policies and systems
  • Contracts management and digitization
  • Document reviews, audits and updates

Basics Track: Franchise Registration and Disclosure
International Franchise Association Legal Symposium
Featured lawyer: Abhi Dubé 

Where to Go Next, and How to Go About It? Key Considerations for Franchisors Before Embarking on Master Franchising Deals
Global Franchise Magazine
Featured lawyer: Ximena Couret

Changes to "Dual Distribution" Relationships Under the EU Vertical Block Exemption Regulation
Baker McKenzie Insights
Featured lawyers: Kevin Maher, Kurt HaegemanAbhi Dubé, Ximena Couret, and Luke Christianson

A "High-Level" Overview of Airport Franchising
The Franchise Lawyer
Featured lawyers: Abhi Dubé and Rocio Deitz

No Conflict! The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Holds Franchisors Can Comply with both the FTC Franchise Rule and Massachusetts’ ABC Test
The Employer Report
Featured lawyers:  Will Woods, Kevin Maher and Abhi Dubé

We Gotta Get Out of this Place - Exploring Refranchising Options and Issues for the Franchisor
American Bar Association
Featured lawyer: Richard White

Domestic and International Franchising, Master Franchising, and Regulation of Franchise Agreements in the United States
Practical Law (Westlaw.com)
Featured lawyers: Ann Hurwitz and Will Woods

Know the Joint Employer Risks Where You Operate
Franchising World
Featured lawyers: Will Woods and Emily Harbison

Message from the Chair
The Franchise Lawyer
Featured lawyer: Will Woods

Franchising in Indonesia
Franchise Law Journal
Featured lawyer: Abhi Dube

The Biden-Harris Administration and the Future of Supply Chains in the Americas
Atlantic Council
Featured lawyer: Christina Conlin

International Master Franchising: The Subfranchisees Are Doing What?!
American Bar Association
Featured lawyer: Kevin Maher

A World of Trouble: How to Limit Liability Exposure in International Franchise Expansion
International Franchise Association
Featured lawyer: Richard White