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  • Education
    • J.D., Boston University, 1989, Edward F. Hennessey Scholar
    • B.A., McGill University, 1986
    • Certificate, London School of Economics, 1985

Clients rely on Jan Gilbert for his strategic counsel in complex aspects of domestic and international franchising. With more than 30 years of experience, Jan advises start-ups and developed franchisors and franchisees on a wide variety of franchise relationship matters, including structuring franchise programs, federal and state regulatory issues, mergers and acquisitions, compliance issues and drafting development and area representative agreements.

Jan leverages his previous experience to negotiate both domestic and international agreements and resolve franchisee disputes. He regularly responds to state and administrative inquires and investigations and serves as an advisor throughout the establishment of development of franchise advisory councils and cooperatives.

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The FTC Franchise Rule
Co-author, Scope and Coverage of the FTC Rule, American Bar Association 
2019, 2012, 2007
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The Bankruptcy Handbook for Franchisors and Franchisees
Co-author, "Plan Confirmation," American Bar Association 
2018
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Franchising (& Distribution) Currents
Co-author, Franchise Law Journal
2013-2017
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What Every Franchisor and Their Prospective Franchise Partners Need to Know When Expanding to a New Country: Learning From the Mistakes and Successes of Others
Co-speaker, International Franchise Exposition, New York, NY 
June 2016
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Legal Aspects of Bringing your Franchise to the U.S: Myth vs. Reality Webinar
Presenter
October 27, 2015
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What Franchisors and Their Prospective Franchise Partners Need to Know When Expanding to a New Country: Learning From the Mistakes and Successes of Others
Speaker, International Franchise Exposition, New York, NY
June 19, 2015
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Item 19: Weighing the Risks and Benefits of Financial Performance Representations
Moderator, International Franchise Association Legal Symposium
May 2012
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The Shifting Sales Paradigm: Private Equity, Multi-Unit Developers, Joint Ventures
Author, Franchising World, International Franchise Association
March 2011
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A Shifting Sales Paradigm: Private Equity Firms and Large Multi-Unit Developers as Franchisees
Presenter, International Franchise Association Legal Symposium
May 2010
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Pieces of the M&A Puzzle: Key Transaction Challenges for the Franchise Lawyer
Author, Franchise Law Journal
Fall 2008