We have deep experience in franchising and regularly represent both franchisors and franchisees, both domestically and internationally. Franchising is a method of distribution that combines the advantages of a branded, centralized system with the capital and micro-management of local independent business persons to produce a market competitor with critical mass. It can leverage a business’s success far beyond its own capital and management resources.

Franchising’s inherent geographic expansiveness and long-term business relationships cause it to be affected by an array of dynamic federal, state, and local laws, such as Federal Franchise Regulation promulgated through the FTC, the Uniform Franchise Offering Circular (UFOC) adopted by various states, and various “business opportunity acts” and “relationship laws,” including the Texas Business Opportunity Act (BOA). While these various laws and regulations can be ambiguous and confusing and can create risks such as inadvertent franchising, we have the knowledge and expertise to guide our clients to minimize these risks.

Mark H. Miller

Partner, San Antonio

Our activities include counseling franchisors regarding disclosure requirements, creating disclosure documents, obtaining registrations in states which require them and assisting in the negotiations with prospective franchisees in the following areas:

  • Clothing
  • Clothing stores
  • Food products
  • Housewares
  • Medical equipment
  • Oil field equipment
  • Optical services
  • Restaurants
  • Salon services
  • Software
  • Sporting goods