We share our clients’ entrepreneurial focus and deliver responsive, practical, creative and focused legal counsel to companies in domestic and international franchise, supply chain and distribution matters. Recognized for decades of experience partnering with clients in domestic and international franchise, supply chain, mergers and acquisition, financial restructuring and licensing transactions, our attorneys are recognized as a preeminent practice in the franchise and supply chain business and legal communities, with a particular focus on the restaurant and food service industries.
We are known for representing franchisors, licensors and dealers in developing strategies and structuring development and sales transactions, mergers and acquisitions and related matters in domestic and international markets, as well as defending against challenges to system practices and enforcement actions. Our attorneys are also recognized for protecting brands in domestic and international markets, including negotiating with government authorities, overseeing FCPA and related audits and litigating disputes, including in international arbitrations. We have organized and managed the negotiation of development, franchise, licensing and supply chain arrangements in over 60 countries including the further development of such brands as Outback Steakhouse, Applebee’s, Marriott, Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze Island Grille, Del Frisco’s, Ramada, Ruby Tuesday, Chili’s, Romano’s Macaroni Grill, Raising Cane’s and Dave & Buster’s.
Our attorneys are also experienced in establishing and managing purchasing groups, cooperatives, joint ventures, strategic alliances and sales representative systems in the foodservice and retail industries. Our representative experience includes Dine Equity (Applebee’s and IHOP brands), AT&T, Planet Fitness, Interstate Battery, Tempur Sealy and numerous other start-up or bolt-on internal franchisor-driven purchasing arrangements.