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For your franchise to succeed in a competitive market with changing regulatory requirements, you need sharp legal thinking and solutions-focused advice. We’re widely recognized as the world’s leading franchise practice and trusted advisors to the franchise community. We represent a wide range of brands, domestic and international, emerging and established. 

In the fast-evolving franchising industry, we provide insight and direction to help you deal with existing and new regulations. And we advise you on how to take advantage of the newest trends to achieve near-term goals, while creating the foundation for the long-term success of your franchise system.  

We provide leading advice to franchisors of all sizes. Franchise companies and their investors value our depth of knowledge and experience and rely on us to provide practical solutions to both ordinary and extraordinary issues. 

“DLA Piper has a deep roster of experienced subject matter experts who are extremely responsive and provide a strong level of service and support.”

Client, Chambers USA 2022

Our global reach means we advise on franchise laws throughout the world. And as one of the largest law firms in the world, we help with the full range of legal issues including trademark, real estate, employment, corporate, technology licensing, supply chain, patent and privacy law.   

Our clients operate in a wide range of industries, including food and beverage, hospitality and leisure, retail and fashion, technology, residential and commercial services, education, and professional services. We also represent private equity firms and family offices that invest in franchise companies, guiding them through the purchase and sale process, and advising on issues that arise as they manage their portfolio.   

We’ve played a leading role in shaping franchising policy and law for over 50 years. We’ve served as General Counsel to the International Franchise Association, the world’s largest franchise trade organization, since its inception and have helped draft legislation and regulations that protect the interests of our clients and the franchising industry as a whole. We’ve also represented clients in franchise litigation and arbitration proceedings that have set legal precedents.  

Whatever your goals, we’ll provide the insight, direction, and practical solutions your franchise business needs. 

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