Abhishek Dubé has joined Baker McKenzie's North America International Commercial practice as counsel in its Dallas office, where he will assist clients with franchise and distribution transactional and regulatory matters, including domestic and cross-border transactions, registration and disclosure, and mergers and acquisitions.

Abhi brings vast experience in a range of industries, including food and beverage, hotel and lodging, retail, fitness, automotive, and alcohol. His years of working with new and existing franchise programs, counseling clients with US and international franchise law compliance, and structuring and negotiating franchise and distribution transactions for some of the world’s leading brands will enhance the firm's North America practice.

"Abhi's drive and franchise regulatory and advisory knowhow will strengthen our ability to develop tailored solutions for our clients," said Jennifer Trock, chair of the firm's North America International Commercial Practice Group.

"For franchisors in the start-up stage, middle-market, and global arenas, Abhi's experience with an array of different industries, knowledge of the legal landscape, and his commercial approach will make him an invaluable legal adviser to our clients and a valued member of our team," added Will K. Woods, Baker McKenzie partner and leader of the firm's global franchise and distribution practice.

In addition to US transactions, Abhi advises on transactions in Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Europe, CIS, GCC, MENA and Australia/Oceania. He joins Baker McKenzie from DLA Piper.

“We are proud to welcome Abhi to the team. His regulatory experience will be a great benefit to our clients and our market-leading franchise team," said Colin Murray, North America Chief Executive Officer.

Baker McKenzie’s International Commercial Practice Group advises clients on critical cross-border legal issues impacting global business strategy. With attorneys located across the United States, Canada and Mexico, our cross-disciplinary, multicultural and multilingual team helps clients to optimize global business opportunities and address strategic, operational and compliance challenges. As trusted advisors on franchising and distribution/brand expansion, international trade compliance, foreign investments, data privacy, aviation, and business transformations, we provide practical and comprehensive legal solutions tailored to clients' unique risk profile and strategic objectives.

"I’m thrilled to be a part of Baker McKenzie's esteemed franchise practice," Abhi added. "Our worldwide team is well-positioned to make a meaningful impact for brands as they navigate an unprecedented pandemic while trying to strategically grow their businesses through franchising and other models―I’m eager to contribute."

Abhi received his BS from Carnegie Mellon University, and his JD and LLM in International Business from Indiana University.

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