Uanna Alves

Baker & McKenzie LLP


Uanna Alves is an associate in Baker McKenzie's Dallas office. She graduated with high honors from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law and is a member of the national honors society, the Order of the Coif. A licensed lawyer in Texas and Brazil, Uanna focuses on complex franchise transactions and commercial contract matters, with strong emphasis on global brand expansion and cross-border transactions. She has worked closely with leading hotel, lodging and hospitality franchise companies; casual dining, fast casual and quick service restaurants, and car rental companies.

Practice Focus

Uanna's practice extends to cross-border joint venture transactions, US and international franchising, licensing and distribution transactions, international regulatory compliance, and international corporate formation and maintenance. She routinely advises international clients in various industries on their business expansions, acquisitions, supply arrangements, sales, franchise and brand licensing.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Advised several leading casual dining, fast casual and quick service restaurants on their international franchises, joint ventures and other international matters.

  • Assisted with internationally expanding major hotel brands with the documentation of franchise transactions, conduction of local due diligence and regulatory compliance concerns.

  • Represented leading hotel company in relicensing franchise transactions and various development projects.

  • Assisted global sports entertainment centers, as well as multiple major restaurant and hotel brands in complying with local franchise disclosure laws internationally.

  • Assisted various clients with respect to default, non-disclosure and termination matters, the relicensing of international franchises and related routine maintenance in multiple jurisdictions.

  • Assisted a large car rental company with a multijurisdictional insurance compliance survey for its global franchise operations.

  • Assisted clients with their global corporate reorganizations and restructuring projects.

Professional Honors

  • Order of the Coif, 2016

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Texas – Member
  • American Bar Association – Member
  • Dallas Bar Association – Member
  • Dallas Bar Association Franchise Law & Distribution Section – Board Member
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers (DAYL) – Member
  • ABA Forum on Franchising - Member
  • Order of Attorneys of Brazil (Ordem dos Advogados do Brasil – OAB) – Member
  • DAYL Law Student Assistance Committee – Co-Chair
  • William "Mac" Taylor, Jr. American Inn of Court – Associate


  • Texas~United States (2016)
  • Brazil (2012)


  • Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law (J.D. magna cum laude) (2015)
  • Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law (LL.M.) (2013)
  • Higher Education Institute of Paraiba (IESP) (LL.B. valedictorian) (2011)


  • English
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish


Co-author, “When Bold is Best: Franchise Agreements as Adhesion Contracts under the Brazilian Arbitration Act,” The Franchise Lawyer, Winter 2018

Author , "'Corporate Scienter' and Due Diligence: A Suggested Approach to Standardizing the Current Split among the Circuit Courts," CADDS Scholars Press, May 2015