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Featured Articles: Franchise

Which EU Jurisdictions Most Heavily Regulate Franchising?

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Mark Abell of Bird & Bird explores the weight of regulations in different EU jurisdictions.

"Clearly, weight of regulation does not necessarily equate to effectiveness or appropriateness of regulation. Indeed the most heavily regulated member states are not, in the author’s view, the best-regulated ones."

Roundtable: Franchise 2013

The International Who’s Who of Franchise Lawyers has brought together Jennifer Dolman of Osler Hoskin & Harcourt, John Pratt of Hamilton Pratt and Andrew Wiseman of Allens to discuss levels of activity, access to financing for franchise clients, pressure on fees and levels of specialisation in this area of law.

The Constancy of Change and the Existential Threat of Data Loss

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Lee Plave of Plave Koch PLC looks at the impact of the digital revolution on the franchise industry.

"The greatest change of the modern era – the digital revolution – presents an ever-evolving array of challenges for all players in society – companies, their counsel, their vendors, their customers and even their governments."

Franchising in the Asia-Pacific Region

Stephen Giles

Which EU Jurisdictions Most Heavily Regulate Franchising?

Mark Abell

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Analysis: Franchise

Most Highly Regarded Firms: Franchise 2013

This year, we identify 360 practitioners from 233 firms and 68 countries who are the leading lawyers in the field. Seven firms stood out in our research due to the number of practitioners they field to this edition. DLA Piper once again leads our research with an extremely impressive 16 lawyers recognised from seven different jurisdictions. Following closely behind is Gray Plant Mooty, which boasts one of the "world's leading franchise practices", and has 13 practitioners selected.

We also single out the 10 most highly regarded franchise lawyers in the world.

Research: Trends and Conclusions: Franchise 2013

Franchising remains a strong model of expansion and the franchise legal market is robust. Following the financial crisis systems are looking to international expansion, both in traditional and new markets such as Africa. Levels of litigation remain strong and class actions could provide yet more work for lawyers, notably in Canada. The key concern for clients and many lawyers is the idea of the franchisor being reclassified as an “employer”, as this would have a profound impact on the nature of franchising and the role of franchise lawyers.

Research Trends & Conclusions: Franchise 2012

This report is the result of six months of independent research into the international franchise law marketplace, and builds on our previous analyses of the marketplace, encompassing hundreds of hours of interviews with leading professionals in jurisdictions around the world. We explore the the factors affecting franchise activity, particularly relating to expansion of North American markets into China and India, and the correlative trends in the global legal marketplace.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: Franchise 2012

This year the findings of our research identify the firms and practitioners who stand out worldwide for their franchising expertise in a range of industries. DLA Piper LLP (US) emerges as the firm with the most inclusions, followed by Gray Plant Mooty with 10 lawyers mentioned. The research is dominated by North Amercian firms but most highly regarded individuals, such as Mark Abell from Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP, based in London stand out for their international work and knowledge of the area.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: Franchise 2011

In this section we analyse the findings of our research in greater depth to identify the firms and practitioners who stand out worldwide.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: Franchise 2010

Who's Who Legal highlights the leaders in this practice area in 61 jurisdictions. One firm stands out in this edition: DLA Piper has 17 individuals listed from its offices in the USA, China and Hong Kong and is regarded as “the go-to firm for franchise”.

Research Trends and Conclusions: Franchise 2010

Richard Noakes

The feeling among interviewees based in the US and Europe is that, as a result of the recession, the domestic franchise market has contracted. At the same time, clients are demanding more from their lawyers.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: CIS 2010 - Franchise

Our research identifies a small but highly talented contingent of franchise lawyers.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: Franchise 2009

Our research identifies 235 lawyers in 52 countries that offer clients the highest standards of franchise expertise in their home jurisdictions, and often beyomnd national borders.

Research Trends and Conclusions: Franchise 2009

Tom Barnes - Editor, Who's Who Legal

Conventional wisdom holds that the franchise industry is quite robust in a recession, with some even going so far as to classify it as counter-cyclical.

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All Lawyers in Franchise (Listed Alphabetically)

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All Firms in Franchise (Listed Alphabetically)

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ASAR - Al Ruwayeh & Partners

2 Franchise Lawyers featured

AVM Advogados

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

AZB & Partners

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Abraham & Sarwana

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Ackad Law Office

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Adams & Adams

2 Franchise Lawyers featured

Advocare Law Office

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Advokatfirman NOVA AB

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Aguilar Castillo Love

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Akademia Rozwoju Systemów Sieciowych Sp zoo

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Akerman LLP

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang LLP

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Allen & Overy LLP

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Allens

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Anand and Anand

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

2 Franchise Lawyers featured

Archer & Angel

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Armstrong Teasdale LLP

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Attorneys-at-Law Juridia Ltd

2 Franchise Lawyers featured

BA‑HR

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

BMG

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Bae Kim & Lee LLC

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Baker & McKenzie

4 Franchise Lawyers featured

Baker Botts LLP

3 Franchise Lawyers featured

Ballard Spahr LLP

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Baltic Franchise Fond

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Barbosa Müssnich & Aragão

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Barrocas Advogados

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Bartko, Zankel, Bunzel & Miller

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Beauchamps Solicitors

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Benson Perez Matos Antakly & Watts

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Berkemeyer Attorneys & Counselors

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Bernadt Vukic Potash & Getz

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Bird & Bird

5 Franchise Lawyers featured

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Boughton Law Corporation

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Briggs & Morgan PA

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Bruppacher Hug & Partner

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Bryan Cave LLP

3 Franchise Lawyers featured

Buehlmann Attorneys at Law

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Buffa Bortolotti & Mathis

2 Franchise Lawyers featured

Bundy Law Firm PLLC

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Buruiana & Partners

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Busse Miessen

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Bustaman & Co

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Bustamante & Bustamante

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Butzel Long

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

CMS Derks Star Busmann

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Camilleri Preziosi

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Carmen D. Caruso Law Firm

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

2 Franchise Lawyers featured

Cerrahoglu Law Firm

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Cheng Cohen LLC

2 Franchise Lawyers featured

Chernow Kapustin LLC

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Climente & Saula

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Cline Williams Wright Johnson & Oldfather LLP

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Clyde & Co LLP

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Cooper, White & Cooper

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Covington & Burling LLP

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Cross Advokater

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Curado Nogueira Costa Mendes & Associados

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

D M & D LAWROPE

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

DLA Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

DLA Piper LLP

15 Franchise Lawyers featured

Dady & Gardner PA

6 Franchise Lawyers featured

Dannemann Siemsen Advogados

3 Franchise Lawyers featured

Davis LLP

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Dentons

8 Franchise Lawyers featured

Dickinson Wright PLLC

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Dorsey & Whitney LLP

2 Franchise Lawyers featured

Drzewiecki Tomaszek & Partners

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Dubler Rechtsanwalte

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

ENS (Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs Inc)

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Economic Laws Practice

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Einbinder & Dunn LLP

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Ella Cheong (Hong Kong & Beijing)

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Ella Cheong Law Office

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Ernst & Young LLP

2 Franchise Lawyers featured

Espino Nieto & Asociados

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Even Abogados

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Eversheds LLP

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Fabrega Molino & Mulino

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Facio & Canas

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Faegre Baker Daniels LLP

6 Franchise Lawyers featured

Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP

3 Franchise Lawyers featured

FisherZucker LLC

2 Franchise Lawyers featured

Foley & Lardner LLP

2 Franchise Lawyers featured

Fox Rothschild LLP

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Frignani & Associati Studio Legale

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

GM Avocats

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Gakushuin University

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Gateway Law Corporation

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Gaze Burt Lawyers

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Genovese Joblove & Battista PA

4 Franchise Lawyers featured

Goldfarb Seligman & Co

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Goldman Antonetti & Córdova

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Gomez-Acebo & Pombo

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Gonzalez Calvillo SC

4 Franchise Lawyers featured

Gorrissen Federspiel

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP

4 Franchise Lawyers featured

Graham & Dunn PC

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Granrut Avocats

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Gray Plant Mooty

13 Franchise Lawyers featured

Greenberg Traurig LLP

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Greensfelder Hemker & Gale PC

3 Franchise Lawyers featured

Gust Rosenfeld PLC

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

HWL Ebsworth

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Hamilton Pratt

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Hanotiau & van den Berg

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Haynes and Boone LLP

2 Franchise Lawyers featured

Henry Sautereau

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Hoffer Adler LLP

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Hyland Levin LLP

2 Franchise Lawyers featured

I.L.A. Pasrich & Company

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Ice Miller LLP

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

J Sagar Associates

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

J&A Garrigues S.L.P

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Jacobsen & Confurius

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Jausas

2 Franchise Lawyers featured

Jun He Law Offices

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Jurvneshservice

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Kanga & Co

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Kanouse & Walker PA

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Kaufmann Gildin & Robbins LLP

2 Franchise Lawyers featured

Kelly Hazell Quill

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Kennedy Van der Laan

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

2 Franchise Lawyers featured

Kneppelhout & Korthals Advocaten

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Lagarias Law Offices

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Lapointe Rosenstein Marchand Melancon LLP

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Larkin Hoffman Daly & Lindgren Ltd

3 Franchise Lawyers featured

Law Office Böhner

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Law Office of Andrew A Caffey

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Lax O'Sullivan Scott Lisus LLP

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Lee & Ko

3 Franchise Lawyers featured

Legalys Avocats & Conseils

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Lehman Lee & Xu

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Lowenstein Sandler LLP

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

MAQS Law Firm

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Mackall Crounse & Moore PLC

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Madson IP

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Makarim & Taira S

2 Franchise Lawyers featured

Maric & Co LLC

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Maslyn Law PLC

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Mason Hayes & Curran

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Mason Sier Turnbull

2 Franchise Lawyers featured

Mayer Brown LLP

3 Franchise Lawyers featured

Mazanti-Andersen Korso Jensen & Partnere

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

McInnes Cooper

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

McMillan LLP

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

McPherson Kruger Attorneys

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Mecs & Partner Kft / Csakay & Partners

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Miller Thomson LLP

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Monereo Meyer Marinel-Lo Abogados

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Monroe Moxness Berg PA

2 Franchise Lawyers featured

Mullin Law PC

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

NHG Law

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Nexsen Pruet PLLC

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Nigon Kull Burkart Partner

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Ninkovic Law Office

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Nixon Peabody LLP

6 Franchise Lawyers featured

Noerr

5 Franchise Lawyers featured

Norton Rose Fulbright

3 Franchise Lawyers featured

Olivares & Cia

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Orr Dignam & Co

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

4 Franchise Lawyers featured

PF&P Rechtsanwälte

2 Franchise Lawyers featured

Parker Hudson Rainer & Dobbs LLP

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Paul Hastings LLP

2 Franchise Lawyers featured

Perkins Coie LLP

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Phyllis Alden Truby APC

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Pitegoff Law Office PLLC

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Plave Koch PLC

7 Franchise Lawyers featured

Porzio Rios & Associates

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Quarles & Brady LLP

4 Franchise Lawyers featured

Rajai KW Dajani & Associates

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Rangel & Barrita SC

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Reed Smith LLP

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Reichard & Escalera

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Remi Delforge Avocats

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Ribeiro Hui

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Rizvi Isa Afridi & Angell

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Rodyk & Davidson LLP

2 Franchise Lawyers featured

Roma Lepri & Partners

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Routledge Modise Inc

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Rãzvan Dincã & AsociaÅ£ii

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

SGB Storløkken AS

2 Franchise Lawyers featured

Salvador J. Mariscal & Asociados

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Sandor Szegedi Szent-Ivany Komaromi Eversheds

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Sayenko Kharenko

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Schiff Hardin LLP

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Schlarmann von Geyso

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Shalakany Law Office

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Shearn Delamore & Co

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Shumaker Loop & Kendrick LLP

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Snell & Wilmer LLP

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Sol Muntañola Abogados

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Sotos LLP

5 Franchise Lawyers featured

Stewart Germann Law Office

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Strasburger & Price LLP

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Streichenberg Attorneys at Law

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Sultan Al-Abdulla & Partners

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

TARK GRUNTE SUTKIENE

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Teplitsky Colson

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

The Richard L Rosen Law Firm PLLC

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

The Vernon Law Group

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Thomson Geer

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Triana Uribe & Michelsen

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Troncoso y Caceres

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Tsar & Tsai Law Firm

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Veirano Advogados

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Viseu Advogados

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Vladimirov Law Office

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Voicu & Filipescu SCA

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Vorys Sater Seymour & Pease LLP

2 Franchise Lawyers featured

Vukmir & Associates

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

W Michael Garner PA

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Webber Wentzel

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Wiggin and Dana LLP

3 Franchise Lawyers featured

Wiley Rein LLP

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Williams Mullen PC

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Witmer Karp Warner & Ryan LLP

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Witten LLP

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Wolf Theiss

2 Franchise Lawyers featured

Yulchon

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Zaino & Humphrey LPA

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

Zarco Einhorn Salkowski & Brito PA

2 Franchise Lawyers featured

Zumtobel + Kronberger + Rechtsanwälte OG

1 Franchise Lawyer featured

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