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Agency Franchising and Distribution

Expanding the reach of your brand and finding new routes to market are essential aims for any business with growth aspirations. The rewards can be substantial but the challenges presented by moving into new markets are also significant, especially if you are looking to do so for the first time.

Our Commercial team has a wealth of experience of guiding clients successfully through the process of domestic and international growth and advising on the most effective structures to achieve this objective, which, as well as direct selling into new markets, could involve setting up new business models and in particular agency, distributorship or franchising networks, retail concessions or joint venture arrangements.

As well as advising you in strategic terms on the most appropriate vehicle to deliver your expansion plans, we will advise you on how to negotiate the various legislative and regulatory requirements that your growing business will need to meet, such as the EU Commercial Agents Directive and EU Competition laws including Block Exemptions, and explain how you can protect your branding and technology in other jurisdictions.

Our experience of different sectors of industry and business is widespread, and if local legal advice should be required in order to support your ventures into new overseas markets, we can help you identify practitioners who can provide you with the advice that you need.

Franchising is a specialised area for lawyers and obtaining the right advice can be challenging. At Spearing Waite we have individuals with a proven track record in this field having advised many businesses, including some household names, both on the franchising of a business and the management of existing franchise networks. If you are considering franchising your business internationally or are currently doing so, we have experience of international franchising, including master franchise arrangements, in both Continental Europe and Asia. We also act for franchisees, and if you are considering taking a franchise of a business we can review the proposed franchise agreement and provide a written report on a fixed fee basis.

For further information please contact:

Ian Thomson
Direct Dial 0116 242 1209
Mobile 0770 287 1806
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Kate Blank
Direct Dial 0116 242 1248
Mobile 07515 050 361
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