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Franchise & Distribution M&A

Faegre Baker Daniels' capabilities in M&A and franchising and distribution set us apart.

The unique combination of our passion and expertise in franchising and distribution, our world-class M&A practice, and the solution-oriented approach of legal specialists across our 60 practice and industry teams provides results and value that no other law firm provides. Simply put, we maximize M&A opportunities for franchise and distribution clients in ways that others cannot. Our work on mergers and acquisitions earned FaegreBD a Franchise Times Dealmakers of the Year award in 2014.

Franchising & Distribution

  • Internationally recognized leaders in franchising and distribution
  • Distinguished by an unequalled passion in these areas
  • Over 250 years of collective experience
  • Unsurpassed understanding of the nuances and how those nuances impact companies and their franchise or distribution networks
  • Market-setting innovators who create solutions for any opportunity or challenge

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Led over 500 recent M&A transactions worldwide, with an aggregate value exceeding $75 billion
  • Over 110 lawyers focus on M&A, providing expertise to control any transaction and create success
  • Unique overlap and collaboration among our franchise and distribution experts and these M&A experts optimizes outcomes
  • Further set ourselves apart by:
    • Getting deals done: strong advocates and negotiators, focusing on creating opportunity and achieving results
    • Sophistication and value: vast expertise combined with efficiency and process improvement, producing greater success at lower costs
    • Service: deep understanding of our clients' businesses and a proactive and client-oriented approach, delivering a total commitment to our clients' goals

Specialists with Deep Practice and Industry Knowledge

  • Over 750 firm-wide specialists to meet any challenge
  • Possess deep focus and experience across over 60 practice and industry teams
  • M&A teams work with these professionals in a multitude of transactions, creating a wealth of experience brought to bear on transactions of all types
  • Leverage this expertise as a differentiator; we are faster and better at identifying opportunities and creating solutions
  • This team helps set us apart and enhances our ability to continuously surpass client expectations

Representative Franchise & Distribution M&A Deals

  • Represented convenience store franchisor Circle K in its international expansion and acquisitions of more than 500 stores across the U.S. from ExxonMobil, Phillips 66, Sun Pacific Energy, and Kum & Go
  • Represented Pella Corporation in numerous purchases and sales of retail and commercial distributors in the U.S. and Canada
  • Counsel to Einstein Noah Restaurant Group in multiple sell-side and buy-side transactions, including its acquisition of Kettleman Bagels and the sale of multiple corporate stores to franchisees
  • Represented Roark Capital Group, a leading private equity firm, in the acquisition of Wingstop, a franchisor with 430+ locations across 30 U.S. states and Mexico
  • Provided franchise, tax and corporate counsel for Extreme Pita and Mucho Burrito in their sale to MTY Group, a Canadian owner of several fast-food franchise brands
  • Represented Sentinel Capital Partners in its acquisition of Huddle House, a 400-unit U.S. restaurant chain
  • Advised JR Group Holdings in its sale of Johnny Rockets, a restaurant chain in the U.S. and abroad


Brian B. Schnell, Minneapolis
+1 612 766 7699
Chris E. Hofstad, Minneapolis
+1 612 766 7323

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