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Poyner Spruill provides a broad range of legal services to the franchise community. We offer not only a full complement of general commercial advice, but also specialized counsel on specific areas of franchise law. We believe this affords Poyner Spruill clients the planning and problem-solving services required by a successful franchise business in today's competitive environment. Clients of the Franchise Law Practice Group consist of small, medium and large franchisors and franchisees.

Legal services for Franchisors and Franchisees include: 

  • Organization of Business Entities Operating Franchises
  • Purchase and Sale of Franchised Businesses
  • Structuring of Franchise Systems
  • Preparation, Administration and Enforcement of Franchise and Related Agreements
  • Preparation and Filing of Disclosure Documents
  • Franchisor/Franchisee Relations
  • Financing and Debt Restructuring
  • Alternatives to Franchising
  • Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Bankruptcy, Collections and Workouts
  • Copyright and Trademark Agreements and Benefits
  • Employer/Employee Relations
  • Territory Agreements and Disputes

Representative transactions handled and services provided by members of the Franchise Law Group include:

  • Represented the Seller in an $83 million sale of an established multi-unit franchise company
  • Restructured $15 million debt of a 50 unit franchise to avoid a bankruptcy and possible lawsuits against franchisor
  • Developed and negotiated development and build-to-suit agreements and leases for an expanding franchising chain
  • Negotiated and documented international franchise and development transactions for a franchisor in several countries in Asia, Europe, Central America, and the Caribbean
  • Represented a multi-state, multi-unit franchisee in $100 million financing with a recognized national franchise lender
  • Organized and represented franchise associations in the restaurant and health care services industries
  • Negotiation and settlement of franchise encroachment controversy for home improvement franchise
  • Litigation representing franchisors involving trademark, royalty, and territory disputes
  • Preparation for filing Franchise Disclosure Documents for franchisors in various industries
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