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Franchise & Distribution

Faegre Baker Daniels has helped hundreds of emerging and market-leading franchisors launch, grow, protect and evolve successful systems in a wide range of industries. We are one of the few franchise practices in the world which combines years of results-oriented experience with innovative approaches and solutions to our clients' needs. No practice has a better understanding of how the nuances of franchising impact franchisors and their franchise networks.

Franchising Is Our Passion®

Our objective is to make a difference for franchisors—to help them identify new opportunities and overcome challenges at every stage of growth. Our passion for franchising, our nearly 250 years of collective experience and our teamwork approach distinguish us from other law firms and help us accomplish that objective. We focus on desired outcomes for our clients and then get results.

Our Experience, Commitment and Innovation Make a Difference

Whether it's representing franchisors on complex or "bet the company" litigation, guiding international expansion, advising franchisors on M&A deals or other complex opportunities and challenges, structuring franchise programs for new franchisors, drafting disclosure documents under the FTC Rule and various state laws, or working with emerging franchisors on building a solid foundation to enhance the opportunities for sustainability, we develop creative solutions tailored to each client's needs — often on a moment's notice. We also help franchisors anticipate potentially difficult legal issues before they arise, and we defend their systems when disputes are unavoidable.

Our experience spans the complete range of issues faced by today's franchisors, including:

  • Franchise foundation, structure and compliance
  • Franchise litigation and alternative dispute resolution
  • Franchise M&A/strategic growth opportunities
  • International franchising
  • Raising capital and financing
  • Brand positioning and protection
  • Effective franchisor–franchisee communications and relationships

In some respects franchising is nothing more than a method for a company to expand the distribution of its products or services. Our franchise expertise equips us to be proactive, efficient and effective when counseling manufacturers who rely on domestic or international distribution networks.

We advise manufacturers on M&A, entity structuring, trademark protection, antitrust matters, contract and torts, employment issues, and international law, as well as disputes with distributors. We are proud to work with many of the country's leading manufacturers.

Nothing is more important to us than our relationships with our clients. Our clients often applaud us for being proactive and innovative in representing their interests effectively and efficiently. Whether it's our litigators or our transactional lawyers, our commitment is the same. We will give you our full commitment to do what we can to make a difference. And we will do it with an attitude of results-oriented collaboration, innovation and passion that is second to none.

Our international team, including our lawyers in China and the UK, are uniquely prepared to assist franchisors with the myriad legal and business issues that accompany international expansion.

In the last 10 years, franchising has seen a significant increase in M&A and private equity activity, and our franchise and distribution M&A team has been involved in many of those deals where our specific franchise and distribution experience makes a difference. Many of our clients also have turned to our franchise litigators to represent them in disputes where the stakes are high.

Franchise Leadership

When you work with lawyers in our franchise practice, you are working with internationally recognized leaders —the innovators other franchise lawyers respect and recognize. Our team is one of only eleven franchise practices recognized worldwide in Chambers Global, and we earned a Franchise Times Dealmakers of the Year award in 2014. The team includes a past chair and current and past members of the International Franchise Association (IFA) Supplier Forum, two winners of the IFA/WFC Crystal Compass award, present and past members of the Governing Committee of the American Bar Association (ABA) Forum on Franchising, a past editor-in-chief of the Franchise Law Journal, and a member of the International Chamber of Commerce Franchise Task Force. In addition, no one has more IFA Certified Franchise Executives than FaegreBD. Our franchise lawyers have also been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA, The International Who's Who of Franchise Lawyers, Franchise Times' Legal Eagles, Client Choice Guide – International and Super Lawyers.

Our Clients

Our franchise and distribution clients include market leaders with globally recognized brands and emerging franchisors who are building brands that will be sustainable for all stakeholders. A few of the clients we are proud to represent are:

  • BrightStar Franchising, Inc.
  • Build-A-Bear Workshops
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group
  • Choice Hotels International, Inc.
  • Einstein Noah Restaurant Group
  • International Dairy Queen
  • Jani-King International, Inc.
  • Johnny Rockets Licensing
  • Kahala Corporation
  • Menchie's Group
  • Pella Corporation
  • TMC Franchise Corporation (Circle K)


Brian B. Schnell, Minneapolis
+1 612 766 7699


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