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International Franchising & Distribution

Faegre Baker Daniels lawyers in the U.S., China and the United Kingdom help franchise clients achieve their international growth objectives. Through our multidisciplinary, collaborative approach, we combine exceptional franchise law savvy with foreign market experience.

Our team helps our clients to make sound business decisions and achieve cross-border expansion goals, whether they are expanding their U.S. brands or products overseas or bringing their foreign brands or products into the United States.

We have advised our U.S.-based franchisor and distribution clients regarding expansion of their brands into Asia, Africa, Australia, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas. We have advised our foreign-based franchisor and distribution clients regarding their brand expansion into the United States.

International Franchise and Distribution Services

We offer a full range of legal advice to international franchisors, including:

  • Structuring international relationships and agreements, including advice on related U.S. and foreign tax issues, effective use of applicable tax treaties, and payment/remittance considerations
  • Drafting and negotiation of master franchise agreements, area development agreements, single unit franchise agreements, distribution agreements and joint venture agreements
  • Preparing franchise disclosure documents
  • Trademark registrations
  • Working with local counsel to ensure compliance with franchise, intellectual property registration and other filing requirements
  • International brand positioning and protection
  • Effective communications and relationships
  • Dispute resolution in foreign jurisdictions
  • Cross-border supply chain and product distribution issues
  • Cross-border M&A
  • Patriot Act, FCPA, UK Anti-Bribery Act, OFAC and other regulatory compliance
  • Coordinating with our clients' local counsel or advising on and managing local counsel (as requested)

Breadth of Experience

Our team includes experienced and practical franchise, tax, IP and international transactional attorneys.  In addition, through our membership in Lex Mundi and relationships with attorneys in other countries, we have a well-established worldwide network of premier franchise attorneys who offer local counsel expertise in every country where our clients want to expand.

Our substantial knowledge in the area of international franchising has been recognized by peers and clients alike. Our practice is annually recognized as a leading franchise practice in Chambers USA and Chambers Global, and we are one of only three firms recommended in 2013 for both Client Service and Commercial Awareness. Lawyers on our team have individually been recognized as Best Lawyers in America™, Chambers, Super Lawyers and Who's Who Legal.


Brian B. Schnell, Minneapolis
+1 612 766 7699
Lucie Guyot, Boulder
+1 303 447 7751


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