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Abhishek Dubé

Baker & McKenzie LLP


Abhishek Dubé ("Abhi") assists clients with complex franchise, distribution and license transactions, including international and M&A. His experience spans a broad spectrum of industries, including food and beverage, hospitality, retail, fitness, automotive, and alcohol. Abhi has developed and enhanced both new and existing franchise programs, and negotiated franchise and distribution transactions for the world’s leading brands.

Abhi is a Certified Franchise Executive and deeply immersed in the franchise industry, where he holds multiple leadership positions and is recognized for his contributions. He actively promotes diversity initiatives within the legal and franchise sectors.

Practice Focus

Abhi's practice is focused on US and international franchising, licensing and distribution, covering transactional and regulatory matters. His experience includes domestic and cross-border transactions, including joint ventures, franchise registration and disclosure, franchise relationship matters, compliance with US and international franchise laws, exemptions-based franchising, and mergers and acquisitions. He has represented numerous PE firms in acquiring and selling franchise systems and has provided strategic support to the world's largest restaurant brand in its international M&A and re-franchise initiatives. Abhi works extensively on inbound and outbound global expansion, advising on franchise transactions across Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Europe, CIS, GCC, MENA and Australia/Oceania.

Professional Honors

  • Certified Franchise Executive
  • D Magazine Best Lawyers in Dallas: Franchise Law, 2023-2024
  • Franchise Times "Legal Eagle," 2016-2024
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star: Franchise/Dealership, Virginia and Washington, DC, 2021; Texas, 2021-2024
  • Who's Who Legal: Franchise, 2020-2024

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • ABA Forum on Franchising, International Division - Board Member
  • IFA Foundation, Diversity Institute - Board Member
  • IFA Franchise Business Network (Dallas) - Steering Committee
  • International Bar Association - Member
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity - Fellow
  • South Asian Bar Association Dallas - President


  • District of Columbia~United States
  • Indiana~United States
  • Texas~United States
  • Virginia~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, "Field Guide to Going Global," Baker McKenzie, 2024

Co-author, "California Assembly Bill 1228 would expose fast food franchisors to liability for franchisees’ wage, hour and other violations", Baker McKenzie Insights, 20 June 2023

Co-author, "Federal Trade Commission takes on employer non-compete clauses," Baker McKenzie Insights, 9 January 2023

Co-author, "Franchising in South Korea," The Franchise Lawyer, Volume 42, No. 01, Summer 2022

Co-author, "Changes to "Dual Distribution" relationships under the EU Vertical Block Exemption Regulation are here - What it means for franchise relationships," Baker McKenzie Insights, May 23, 2022

Co-author, "A 'High-Level' Overview of Airport Franchising," The Franchise Lawyer, Volume 25, No. 01, Winter 2022