Rich advises clients on the establishment and maintenance of domestic and international franchise programs including day-to-day counseling of franchisors on legal compliance issues, relations with franchisees and dispute resolution. He also assists many franchisors by drafting and negotiating franchise agreements, both domestic and international, supplier/vendor agreements, beverage agreements and intellectual property licensing agreements.

In combining his knowledge of franchising with Mergers & Acquisitions, Rich has created a niche practice advising clients, particularly private equity firms, in the acquisition and sale of franchise systems. Over the past 20 years, he has served as lead franchise and intellectual property counsel in the acquisition and disposition of many franchise companies.

Rich’s notable transactions as franchise counsel include representing:

  • Inspire Brands, a Roark Capital Group portfolio company, in its acquisition of Dunkin’ Brands Group, the parent company of Dunkin’ and Baskin-Robbins
  • Roark Capital Group in numerous transactions including:
  • its sale of Batteries Plus 
  • its investment in Drybar 
  • its investment in Orangetheory Fitness 
  • its acquisition of Driven Brands franchise system (Meineke, Maaco and others) 
  • Driven Brands in its acquisition of the CarStar franchise system 
  • Driven Brands in its acquisition of International Car Wash Group
  • its acquisition of CKE, Inc. (Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s)
  • its acquisition of ServiceMaster Brands
  • its acquisition of Nothing Bundt Cakes
  • Focus Brands, a Roark portfolio company, in its acquisitions of Auntie Anne’s
  • its acquisition of Massage Envy
  • its acquisition of Pet Valu 
  • its acquisition of Primrose Schools
  • its acquisition of Arby’s 
  • ServiceMaster Brands, a Roark portfolio company, in its acquisition of Two Men and a Truck
  • its investment in Anytime Fitness
  • General Atlantic in its acquisition of European Wax Centers and investment in Buff City Soap
  • Blackstone Group
  • in its sales of the Budgetel and Baymont hotel franchise systems and in its acquisition of Hilton Hotels
  • CircusTrix, a portfolio company of Palladium Capital, in its acquisition of Rockin’ Jump 
  • Oak Hill Capital Partners in its acquisition of Checkers Drive-in Restaurants, Inc.
  • Franchise Group, Inc. in a number of transactions including:
  • its acquisition of Pet Supplies Plus, American Freight, Buddy’s Home Furnishings, Sylvan Learning and Badcock Furniture
  • Fastsigns International in the sale of the Fastsigns franchise system 
  • Global Hyatt Corp. in the sale of US Franchise Systems
  • American Tire Distributors in its acquisition of Tire Pros
  • Moe's Southwest Grill in its sale of the Moe's franchise system
  • D.O.G. Enterprises LLC in its sale of the Camp Bow Wow franchise system 
  • Newk’s Holding Company, LLC in its sale of the Newk’s franchise system
  • WJ Partners in its purchase of the Pure Barre franchise system
  • C2 Holdings, Inc. in its sale of the C2 Education franchise system