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Carl Zwisler

Washington, DC, USA Global Guide 2021 Ranked in 1 departments
Ranked in : Franchising
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Franchising - Global Market Leaders

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Based in Washington, DC, Carl Zwisler assists multinational franchisors with their entry into the US market, notably within the food and beverage and leisure sectors. He also advises on the various trade and distribution issues connected to franchise operations. According to clients, Zwisler is "excellent to work with."
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Franchise & Distribution Law


With perspective gained from his early career as International Franchise Association General Counsel, Carl has played a unique role in shaping U.S. and international franchise regulations. He has represented franchisors, suppliers and master franchisees in more than 85 industries.

Carl has earned a global reputation for his understanding the nuances of international expansion and the steps required to contain the costs, time and risks that his clients face. Besides advising clients from the U.S. and abroad in developing and implementing their international expansion programs, Carl has decades of experience helping foreign companies establish franchise operations in the U.S.

An acknowledged expert on franchise sales regulations, Carl was one of the nine franchise private practitioners selected by the Federal Trade Commission to participate in its November, 2020 public workshop exploring potential changes to the FTC’s Franchise Rule.

Professional Memberships

•Member, Maryland Attorney General’s Franchise Advisory Committee, 2013-present

•Chair, IFA/SBA Franchise Registry Task Force, 2012-2017

•International Distribution Institute, U.S. Franchise Law Expert, 2008-present

•IFA Chief Staff Counsel / General Counsel, 1975-1983


Editor-in-chief, Lathrop GPM’s Global Franchise Regulation Update.

More than 110 presentations and 60 articles on franchising and distribution.


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USA 2021
Carl Zwisler

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