Whether you are looking at purchasing a new franchise, are an existing franchisor, or are thinking of launching your own franchise system, our team of experienced lawyers is here to help. They have worked on hundreds of franchise deals nationwide, including many nationally known restaurants, service brands, investments under $100k and multi-million dollar deals.

The cornerstone to starting a franchise is the strength and scalability of your current business. That “model location” will be the basis for others to duplicate using your experience, training and mentorship. Before you begin your journey of starting a franchise, you need to look internally to... Read more

The attorneys at Spadea Lignana have been reviewing and negotiating franchise agreements on behalf of franchisees for decades. Franchisors must comply with both federal and state regulations and provide potential franchisees a Franchise Disclosure Document (the FDD) that gives the candidate... Read more

Spadea Lignana's CORE program for franchisors is a cost-effective and practical solution for the ongoing legal needs of franchisors, including but not limited to, FDD updates, state registrations and the creation of a cloud-based system to effectively and efficiently manage FDD Disclosures and... Read more

If you have made the decision that now is the time to exit a franchise, you need to accomplish three critical things before placing your business on the market. If you are interested in buying an existing franchise, it’s also important to understand these three factors because it can affect how you... Read more

If you are an entrepreneur looking to raise capital by selling shares of your company to an individual that won’t be an active partner in your business, you have to be sure you are compliant with federal and state securities laws. If you are selling a portion of your company to an investor, you are... Read more

Franchising is regulated by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and a variety of individual states. If you are interested in expanding your franchise nationwide, it is imperative to make sure you have registered your franchise properly in the states that require it. Read more

We are an approved/recommended vendor for many national brands. We have negotiated hundreds of leases for dozens of systems for franchisees over the years. Read more

With near universal and almost instantaneous communications, the speed and ease to support, grow and expand a brand globally has never seemed easier. However, as the technological barriers have come down, certain cultural and legal barriers have increased along with the risk of a misstep. Read more

Independent franchise associations change how franchisees and franchisors interact with each other – sometimes in a very substantial way. From the franchisor’s perspective, there are many factors that come into play when deciding how to react to an organizing franchisee association. Read more

In a perfect world, franchisors and franchisees work together to maximize brand awareness for their mutual benefit, and everybody makes money. In reality, the close contractual relationship between the franchisor and its franchisees can give rise to serious disputes. We believe good lawyering... Read more

The best way to secure the rights to your name and logo is with a federally registered trademark with the US Patent and Trademark Office. Your trademark is the foundation of your business and how customers will know and identify your services and products. Read more

Leases, like all legal documents, should be reviewed by an experienced attorney. We have been negotiating restaurant leases on behalf of clients for decades. Your real estate broker and the landlord have an interest in getting the lease signed with a good term and fair rent, but the fine print is... Read more

Franchise systems are natural acquisition targets for private equity. Steady, contract-based long term cash flow plus limited physical assets and a limited number of skilled employees make it a natural fit for many private equity charters. In addition, mid-sized franchisors that have managed to... Read more

The first step in most entrepreneurial endeavors is forming a new entity to protect the personal interests of the owners. There are a number of factors to consider when deciding to form a new entity, such as: Read more

Termination of a franchise agreement, whether you are dealing with the issue from the franchisor or the franchisee perspective, is a serious and not always straightforward process. Most franchise agreements contain detailed termination procedures, which must always be reviewed and honored. In... Read more