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  • Franchise

    Lee International’s Franchise Practice Group is a multidisciplinary team of attorneys with extensive experience in working with all aspects of vertical distribution and formats related to licensing or distribution systems. Our lawyers provide business clients with original and effective legal advice on complying with regulatory responsibilities in Korea. The Franchise Practice Group consistently delivers exceptional representation to a diverse spectrum of clients ranging from large publicly-held entities and middle-market companies to small businesses, start-up companies, and individuals.

    Lee International’s Franchise Practice Group is a multidisciplinary team of attorneys with extensive experience in working with all aspects of vertical distribution and formats related to licensing or distribution systems. Our lawyers provide business clients with original and effective legal advice on complying with regulatory responsibilities in Korea. The Franchise Practice Group consistently delivers exceptional representation to a diverse spectrum of clients ranging from large publicly-held entities and middle-market companies to small businesses, start-up companies, and individuals.

     

    Services

      DOCUMENTATION & BUSINESS STRUCTURES
    • Prepare cost and benefit analyses for the appropriate distribution formats taking into account all legal risks and timing.
    • Provide high-level review and documentation for all aspects of the franchise including sales programs, intellectual property valuation and transfers, compliance with regulatory regimes, financing agreements, labor practices, incorporation services, real estate leases and customer services.
    • REGISTRATION AND DISCLOSURE
    • Develop compliance programs covering all legal requirements pertaining to distribution systems including registration, disclosure (whether annual or on a quarterly basis), sales programs, employee compensation plans, third-party contracts and fair trade issues.
    • Assist both foreign and domestic clients with all filings and registrations required at local municipal or governmental authorities.
    • CONTINUOUS LEGAL ADVICE
    • Ongoing advice in areas such as anti-trust, fair trade, franchise advertising, commercial agreements, warehousing and leasing, supply and distribution, intellectual property, tax and labor.
    • MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS/ PRIVATE EQUITY/RESTRUCTURINGS
    • Represent franchisors and franchisees in selling, expanding or acquiring their business, asset or share sales, debt financings, joint ventures, mergers and other business combinations.
    • Utilize our broad network in Korea to connect clients with suitable business partners or private equity firms.

     

    Representative Work

    • Represented Marvelous Cream in preparing and negotiating master franchise agreement.
    • Represented Texas de Brazil in preparing and negotiating master franchise agreement.
    • Represented Mr. Musipan in preparing and negotiating master franchise agreement.
    • Represented Rosetta Stone in providing regulatory advice and negotiating franchise agreement.
    • Represented CNP SKIN in providing regulatory advice and negotiating franchise agreement.
    • Represented major International hotel franchise in creating form hotel master franchise agreements for multiple hotel brands in 11 East and Southeast Asian countries.
    • Represented Sbarro in providing regulatory advice and drafting and negotiating master franchise agreement.
    • Represented Hooters in providing regulatory advice and negotiating master franchise agreement.
    • Represented Jamba Juice in providing regulatory advice and negotiating master franchise agreement.
    • Represented Le Pain Quotiden in providing regulatory advice and negotiating franchise agreement.
    • Represented Friendly’s Ice Cream in providing regulatory advice and drafting and negotiating master franchise agreement.
    • Represented Coldwell Banker and ERA in providing regulatory advice and negotiating master franchise agreements.
    • Represented Chock-Full-o-Nuts in providing regulatory advice and negotiating master franchise agreement.

    Key Contacts

    Timothy E. Trinka John K. Min