Several of our litigation lawyers have specialist expertise in the area of franchise and distribution. They regularly assist franchisors and distributors with the management of their franchise or distribution network (e.g. reorganizations, terminations, franchise formula changes) and the resolution of disputes with individual franchisees or dealers. They also regularly advise on franchise and distribution contracts, the setting up of franchise associations and pre-contractual obligations (including sales forecasts).
Advised and assisted various franchisors in connection with the termination of franchise contracts and the winding up of outstanding affairs due to e.g. continuing operational losses and breaches of contract (including anticipatory breaches);
Assisted a franchisor in setting up a franchise network;
Advised a distributor on the exclusivity of a distribution contract with international aspects;
Assisted a franchisor in setting up a dispute resolution mechanism designed to definitively settle the value of any goodwill;
Advised the franchisee in a contractual dispute with the franchisor regarding the size of the franchisee’s assigned territory.