Tao Xu devotes his practice to franchising and distribution matters, especially international franchising, licensing and distribution transactions.

Tao counsels a broad range of clients in their international expansions, including master franchising, multi-unit licensing, area development, single-unit licensing and direct investment (both joint venture and wholly owned).

Tao is particularly active in food and beverage, hospitality and leisure, and retail industries, having acted for a number of high profile US brands in their international expansion efforts.

Tao is deeply involved in franchising activities in China, having both acted for a number of clients in entering the Chinese market and lobbied on behalf of the International Franchise Association in connection with the Chinese government's franchise regulations and their implementation rules.

Tao has written and spoken extensively on international franchising and the regulation of franchising in a number of countries.  He served as the Director of the American Bar Association Forum on Franchising's International Division, and currently serves as the Vice Chair of International Bar Association's International Franchising Committee.