Franchise Alchemy

Transforming Franchise Business Law Into Golden Concepts

How to Bring a Franchise Brand to the US

By Tom Pitegoff | November 15, 2023

What’s the best way for a successful franchisor outside the U.S. to launch its brand within the U.S.?  Here is…

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Structuring a Multi-unit Franchise

By Tom Pitegoff | November 6, 2023

A multi-unit franchise owner can structure its operations in a number of ways, but one approach in particular often makes…

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When are Parent Company Financial Disclosures Required?

By Tom Pitegoff | October 20, 2023

A franchisor selling franchises in the U.S. must disclose its audited financial statements in Item 21 of the franchise disclosure…

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Testing a New Franchise Concept

By Tom Pitegoff | October 13, 2023

One of the toughest challenges an aspiring franchisor may face is selling its first franchise.  Who would take the risk…

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Correcting an Accidental Franchisor Violation

By Tom Pitegoff | October 2, 2023

Correcting an Accidental Franchisor Violation What’s a franchise?  Franchise registration and disclosure laws define a “franchise” more broadly than people…

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Suspending Franchise Sales

By Tom Pitegoff | September 19, 2023

In several states that require franchise registration, franchisors should suspend franchise sales while an amendment or renewal application is pending with…

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What’s a Biz Op?

By Tom Pitegoff | September 4, 2023

What’s a business opportunity or, as we often say, a “biz op”? The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regulates biz op…

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What’s an Exclusive Territory?

By Tom Pitegoff | August 23, 2023

The extent of a franchisee’s territorial rights is the subject of Item 12 of the franchise disclosure document (FDD). One…

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Some Multi-Unit Franchisees are Public Companies

By Tom Pitegoff | August 9, 2023

While most of the private equity and public offering activity of franchise companies focuses on franchise brands and systems, every…

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Franchising for the Greater Good

By Tom Pitegoff | July 21, 2023

Nonprofit organizations and franchised businesses operate in separate worlds.  But sometimes those worlds meet in a way that can be…

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