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International Franchising and Brand Extension

The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020. A transition period, during which EU laws continue to apply in the UK, is due to end on 31 December 2020. The UK/EU Withdrawal Agreement sets out transitional arrangements and negotiations for the future UK/EU relationship are ongoing.

Our commercial lawyers are familiar with the challenges of growing a business, in particular the nuances of developing new operations in different regions. We know how to maximise the value of your intellectual property through domestic and international opportunities and to expand your reach.

Our suite of services includes devising the most appropriate structure for international growth; ensuring brands and associated rights are protected; drafting and negotiating contracts for franchising, licensing, agency and distribution agreements; and sponsorship and merchandising agreements.

We help to manage working relationships once they have been established and, where disputes arise, our litigators endeavour to resolve the issues as quickly and painlessly as possible.

Our large multi-national clients appreciate this grasp of the legal and commercial landscape outside the UK. Smaller clients can take confidence from our ability to navigate the complexities that precede a new phase of their business development.

We work across a broad spectrum of sectors and in a wide range of countries including across Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

Key Services

  • Strategic advice on international expansion
  • Structuring of international arrangements
  • Advising on and drafting franchising and licensing agreements
  • Advising on and drafting distribution, supply and agency agreements
  • Drafting supporting contracts such as confidentiality agreements, commitment agreements, heads of terms, disclosure documents and guarantees
  • Brand clearance searches to identify any risks when launching in target markets
  • Advising on appropriate brand protection for target markets
  • Dispute resolution

 

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