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 M&A, Rich has created a niche practice advising clients, particularly private equity firms, in the acquisition and sale of franchise systems. Over the past 15 years, he has served as lead franchise and intellectual property counsel in the acquisition and disposition of many franchise companies.

REPRESENTATIVE RECENT TRANSACTIONS

During the past ten years alone, Rich has represented:

  • Affiliates of Roark Capital in the sale of Batteries Plus (2016)
  • Affiliates of Roark Capital investment in Drybar (2016)
  • Affiliates of Roark Capital investment in Orangetheory Fitness (2015)
  • Affiliates of Roark Capital in the purchase of Driven Brands franchise system (Meineke, Maaco and others) (2015)
  • Affiliates of Driven Brands in the purchase of the CarStar franchise system (2015)
  • Fastsigns International in the sale of the Fastsigns franchise system (2014)
  • D.O.G. Enterprises LLC in the sale of the Camp Bow Wow franchise system (2014)
  • Doc Popcorn Franchising, Inc. in its sale to Dippin’ Dots Franchising, LLC (2014)
  • Newk’s Holding Company, LLC in the sale of the Newk’s franchise system (2014)
  • Affiliates of Roark Capital on the purchase of an interest in Anytime Fitness (2013)
  • Affiliates of Roark Capital on the purchase of CKE, Inc. (Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s) (2013)
  • Affiliates of Roark Capital on the purchase of the Massage Envy franchise system (2012)
  • WJ Partners in the purchase of the Pure Barre franchise system (2012)
  • Affiliates of Roark Capital in the purchase of the Arby's franchise system (2011)
  • Affiliates of Roark Capital in the purchase of the Corner Bakery Cafe franchise system (2011)
  • Affiliates of the Baird Group in the purchase of the Chem-Dry franchise system (2011)
  • C2 Holdings, Inc. in the sale of the C2 Education franchise system to affiliates of Serent Capital (2011)
  • Ulysses Management in the purchase of the Ice House America distribution system (2011)
  • Affiliates of Roark Capital in the purchase of the Auntie Anne's franchise system (2010)
  • Affiliates of Roark Capital in the sale of the Money Mailer franchise system (2010)
  • Affiliates of Roark Capital in the purchase of the Pet Valu franchise system (2010)
  • Affiliates of Roark Capital in the purchase of the Wingstop franchise system (2010)
  • Bagster, LLC in the sale of the Bagster franchise system to Waste Management (2009)
  • Affiliates of Roark Capital in the purchase of the Primrose Schools franchise system (2008)
  • Global Hyatt Corp. in the sale of US Franchise Systems to Wyndham Hotel Group (2008)
  • Affiliates of the Blackstone Group in the sale of the Baymont hotel franchise system to Cendant Corporation (2008)
  • Mama Fu's Noodle House in the sale of the Mama Fu's franchise business (2008)
  • American Tire Distributors in the purchase of the Tire Pros franchise system (2008)
  • PJ's USA, Inc. in the sale of PJ's Coffee franchise system (2008)
  • Affiliates of the Blackstone Group in the purchase of the Hilton franchise system (2007)
  • Affiliates of Roark Capital in the purchase of the Batteries Plus franchise system (2007)
  • Moe's Southwest Grill in the sale of the Moe's franchise system to affiliates of Roark Capital (2007)
  • Affiliates of Roark Capital in the purchase of the Schlotzsky's franchise system (2006)
  • Affiliates of the Blackstone Group in the sale of the Budgetel franchise system (2006)