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Franchising and Distribution

Spencer Fane represents companies on a regional, national and international level, from first-time franchisors to multi-unit systems, providing comprehensive services from development, operation and expansion to termination, non-renewals and contractual disputes. We have experience with both federal and state franchise and distribution law, representing existing franchise systems as well as businesses seeking to franchise for the very first time.

The firm routinely represents franchisors and distributors on employment, tax, real estate, corporate and bankruptcy matters and in all aspects of dispute resolution including, litigation, arbitration and mediation. We assist manufacturers in preparing distribution agreements that govern the product distribution relationship between manufacturers and wholesalers and between wholesalers and retailers. We also counsel manufacturers about state laws requiring the termination of dealers with advance notice and for “good cause” in certain circumstances and help manufacturers navigate the inventory repurchase obligations that exist when terminating dealers.