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Abhishek Dubé

Counsel
Baker & McKenzie LLP

Biography

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 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 acted for numerous PE firms with the acquisition and sale of franchise systems and was a secondee to the world's largest restaurant brand, assisting with international M&A and re-franchise transactions. Abhi works extensively on inbound and outbound expansion efforts. In addition to US transactions, he frequently advises on franchise transactions in Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Europe, CIS, GCC, MENA and Australia/Oceania.

Professional Honors

  • Super Lawyers Rising Star: Franchise/Dealership, Virginia and Washington, DC, 2021; Texas, 2021, 2022
  • Who's Who Legal: Franchise, 2020 - 2022
  • Franchise Times "Legal Eagle," 2016 - 2022

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

Admissions

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

Education

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

Languages

  • English
  • Hindi

Publications

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

Co-author, "No Conflict! The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Holds Franchisors Can Comply with both the FTC Franchise Rule and Massachusetts' ABC Test," The Employer Report, April 1, 2022

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