Franchise and Distribution
Bryan Cave has the capability and experience to confront and resolve regulatory inquiries and investigations into our franchisor clients, on both a state-by-state and federal basis. Our franchise and distribution lawyers actively communicate with state regulators and enjoy long-standing professional relationships with lawyers who are charged with enforcement of franchise laws at the Federal Trade Commission and in various states.
Our franchise and distribution team has represented franchisors with respect to inquiry letters and formal investigations by applicable regulatory agencies in many states. We also regularly work with state administrators to obtain discretionary exemptions, clarifications of the franchise laws and resolution of potential violations and enforcement actions at the earliest stage before formal governmental action.
In addition to our franchise and distribution team, the firm has a full team of regulatory and compliance lawyers with experience working on both sides of government and compliance issues. A number of other lawyers have longstanding relationships with key congressional members, staff of the Federal Trade Commission and other state and federal agencies. As appropriate, these resources are marshaled to respond to issues ranging from initial inquiry letters to full blown investigations.