Domestic Franchise

EY Law’s Franchise and Distribution Practice is complemented by the deep transactional, regulatory, and intellectual property experience of our team working on regional, national, and international franchisors, manufacturers, and distributors in the many aspects of franchising and distribution.

Our transactional team understands that every operation is unique and creates tailored franchise and distribution plans for clients specifically designed to meet their short- and long-term goals. Clients, ranging from individual entrepreneurs to internationally recognized companies, rely on us to structure domestic and international franchise and distribution programs, prepare and file registration documents, counsel on compliance with federal and state relationship regulations, counsel on the implementation of system-wide marketing and other franchise programs, and address relationship problems that may arise.


International Franchise

For clients seeking to grow worldwide, we not only help U.S.-based clients expand internationally, but also help foreign clients expand into the United States and other cross-border markets. We regularly counsel companies on the impact of laws in particular countries and have experience in structuring, negotiating, and documenting all types of arrangements used in international franchising, including master franchise and area development relationships, joint ventures, nontraditional venue franchises (such as military bases, airports, or train stations), area representative relationships, any combination of these arrangements, and other distribution relationships around the globe. 

Representing franchisors and franchisees, members of our team work with clients from the inception of the franchise or franchise relationship through its continuing operations.

Our specialties include

  • The impact of local laws
  • Expansion and reorganization
  • Coordination with regulating authorities
  • Franchise structuring
  • Intellectual property matters
  • Franchise negotiating
  • Master franchising
  • Area relationship development
  • Joint ventures
  • Amendments and renewals
  • Nontraditional venue franchising
  • Recommendation of Franchise Disclosure Document revision
  • Area representative relationships
  • Various applicable distribution relationships

Our team boasts expert knowledge for clients expanding

  • Regionally
  • Nationally
  • Internationally outside of the US
  • Internationally into the US

Our franchise and distribution practice is headed by Adam Yormack, Esq. and Francisco Escalante, Esq. who, together, represent years of firsthand industry experience, both as an attorneys and entrepreneurs. These skills uniquely prepare us to handle all aspects of our clients’ franchising needs.

To learn more about how our franchise and distribution practice can best serve your needs, read our blog.

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