We counsel franchisors and franchisees in the creation and expansion of their franchise and distribution systems, transactional and regulatory matters, and the negotiation of franchise and management agreements. Given our regulatory and business knowledge on a wide range of franchise issues, we offer services that include establishing and maintaining licensing programs; selecting, using, protecting, and enforcing trademarks and service marks domestically and abroad; selling system assets; acquiring other franchisor-related systems or assets; restructuring licensing relationships with existing franchisees; settling disputes with other franchisors, franchisees, and governmental agencies; and negotiating franchise and management arrangements for newly acquired hotel and resort properties.
- Marriott International’s relicensing or amending of 450+ franchise agreements by major franchisees.
- Representation of hotel owners (i.e. RLJ Lodging Trust, Capstone Development, and The Buccini/Pollin Group) in negotiating franchise agreements and brand management agreements for all major hotel brands.
- Think Food Group’s (international food and beverage company led by celebrity chef José Andrés) expansion in the US market.