Franchise Mergers & Acquisitions
The merger or acquisition of a franchisor or supplier is usually a matter of great concern for existing franchisees or dealers. It may mean that two competing systems are now going to exist as one and raises questions such as: Will one of the systems be phased out? Will I be forced to compete against myself? Will my biggest competitor now be able to go after my customers or know my trade secrets? On the other hand, sometimes a merger or acquisition can be a blessing: A faltering franchisor or supplier may be acquired by a stronger company that can lead everyone into a better day.
At Dady & Gardner, each franchise attorney has substantial experience in dealing with groups of franchisees and dealers in merger and acquisition situations. We have brought lawsuits challenging the right to go through with a merger or acquisition, which have led to negotiations between the franchisees and the acquiring company that recognized their rights; we have won decisions establishing that a company acquiring a franchise company must exercise due diligence and cannot ignore the rights of existing franchisees; and we have established and implemented effective strategies beyond simple legal strategies (such as media or legislative campaigns). Please see Big Cases – Mergers and Acquisitions.
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