International Franchising

Our Franchise Lawyer Will Help Your Business Grow Around the World

Overseas expansion can be both exciting and complicated as international markets present an opportunity for financial gain, but also come with unique compliance regulations and an increased need to protect your intellectual property.

The Law Offices of James M. Johnston, Jr. PLLC benefits from the assistance of a number of attorneys in other countries as well as over 20 year of professional experience with international franchise laws. Contact our franchise attorney today.

Specific Issues Unique to International Franchises

Just as when you own and operate a business inside the U.S., there are many things to keep in mind. Specific state laws are replaced with a specific country’s regulations which must be complied with at all times.

These laws may include any of the following:

  • Regulations regarding sales, termination, and renewal
  • Disclosure and registration issues
  • Licensing or registering intellectual property
  • Compliance and duties
  • Payments, fees, profits, and other financial matters
  • Fair business procedures, including rules on competition
  • Compliance with tax issues including VAT taxes and tax relief

Common, Civil, & U.S. Laws

Many countries operate under a different legal system, or a mixture of systems depending on the case type. British common law, for example, is based on legal precedent and is common in many countries that once fell under the British Empire, including the United States.

Countries that have a civil law system, on the other hand, prohibit anything that has not been explicitly allowed and legalized by that country’s court system.

In addition, U.S. laws do not stop in international matters. Violation of anti-terrorism regulations, for example, can lead to a franchisor being held liable, even in cases of ignorance to the rules. For this reason, background checks in compliance with the Patriot Act and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act should be undertaken before you go into any international partnership to prevent money laundering, bribery, illegal weapons or drugs, and ensure that all records are kept up-to-date to requirements.

Thoroughly Investigating Potential Franchise Partners

At the Law Offices of James M. Johnston, Jr. PLLC, our attorney works with your company to perform a complete review and investigation of any potential international franchisee. Not only can we guide you as to the particular laws of the country, but we can search a franchisee’s background and financial history and the country’s capacity for manufacturing and sale potential.

From international trademark registration to helping create multi-unit franchise agreements, the franchise law attorney at the Law Offices of James M. Johnston, Jr. PLLC is here to help you. Call (254) 791-5622 to schedule a free consultation today.