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Abhishek Dubé

Baker & McKenzie LLP


Abhishek Dubé ("Abhi") assists clients with franchise and distribution transactions, including international and M&A transactions. He counsels clients in a wide range of industries, including food and beverage, hotel and lodging, retail, fitness, automotive, and alcohol. Abhi has worked with new and existing franchise programs, and structured and negotiated franchise and distribution transactions for some of the world’s leading brands.

Abhi is a Certified Franchise Executive. He serves as a Board Member of the ABA Forum on Franchising's International Division, as well as the International Franchise Association Foundation's Diversity Institute.

Practice Focus

Abhi focuses his practice on US and international franchising, licensing and distribution transactional and regulatory matters, including domestic and cross-border transactions, registration and disclosure, US and international franchise law compliance, exemptions-based franchising, and mergers and acquisitions. He has also acted for PE firms with the acquisition and sale of franchise systems and previously served as a secondee to the world's largest restaurant brand, assisting with international M&A and franchise transactions. Abhi works extensively on inbound and outbound expansion efforts. In addition to US transactions, he advises on transactions in Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Europe, CIS, GCC, MENA and Australia/Oceania.

Professional Honors

  • Super Lawyers Rising Star, Texas, Virginia and Washington, DC, 2021
  • Who's Who Legal: Franchise, 2020 - 2021
  • Franchise Times "Legal Eagle," 2016 - 2021

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • ABA Forum on Franchising, International Division - Board Member
  • IFA Foundation, Diversity Institute - Board Member
  • International Bar Association - Member
  • Network of Indian Professionals - North America, Legal Counsel
  • Certified Franchise Executive


  • District of Columbia~United States
  • Indiana~United States
  • Virginia~United States
  • Texas~United States


  • Indiana University (LL.M., International Business) (2010)
  • Indiana University (J.D.) (2009)
  • Carnegie Mellon University (B.S., Finance) (2005)


  • English
  • Hindi

Co-author, “Franchising in Indonesia,” Franchise Law Journal, Winter 2021 

Author, "Important Facts to Know Before Franchising in India," The Franchise Lawyer, Volume 19, No.2., Spring 2016

Author, "Development Models for Global Expansion," Franchising World, June 2015

Co-author, "How India's Investment Laws Affect Franchisors," Franchise Times, May 2015

Author, "Pennsylvania's Legislation Is Franchisee-Friendliest of All," The Franchise Lawyer, Volume 17, No.2., Spring 2014