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Faegre Drinker

Franchising

3 ranked lawyersBand 3USA - NationwideUSA 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Domestic and international franchising practice providing the full range of transactional and litigation services to a wide variety of clients from the hospitality, restaurant and food service and retail industries. Also offers expertise to franchisors in the healthcare space, as well as assisting startup and emerging franchisors to launch, grow and establish their businesses. Has a deep bench of partners with expertise in non-US jurisdictions including in South America, Asia and the Middle East.

Strengths

One client responds: “We have tremendous confidence in this very professional team. In addition to their expertise, their size virtually guarantees they have an expert available in any area we may need.”

Another client notes: “The team works well together and collaborates behind the scenes. They are thorough in their approach, give options to their clients and are able to respond quickly.”

Sources also say: "They are dedicated to serving clients' needs in a practical way."

Work highlights

Represented Jani-King International on several putative class actions brought by franchisees claiming that they are employees rather than independent contractors.

Notable practitioners

Brian Schnell is best known for working with domestic and international companies on structuring their franchising programs. His expertise covers matters such as international expansions and M&A.
"Brian is able to blend the complexities of franchise law with his unique business-forward approach to solving issues." "Brian has a deep expertise in franchise law that enables him to provide on-the-spot advice and insights, including with respect to aspects of an issue that a client may not have considered." "What I love about him is that he understands the franchising world intuitively."

Kerry Bundy has an excellent reputation in the market due to her experience representing franchisors in an array of commercial disputes.
"Kerry is incredibly smart, strategic and fierce in her pursuit of client interests." "Her strengths are her formulation of legal strategy and the excellent way she communicates what our options are at every particular stage of a dispute."

Lucie Guyot possesses a growing reputation due to her proficient handling of various M&A transactions involving franchise operations. She frequently assists franchisors with the acquisition and sale of franchise systems at home and abroad.
“Lucie is a phenomenal M&A franchise lawyer who is thorough, thoughtful and takes a proactive approach to her work." "She has a deep understanding of the philosophy of franchising."

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USA - Nationwide

Franchising


Brian B Schnell
Band 2
Kerry L. Bundy
Band 2
Lucie Guyot
Up and Coming