Franchising Global Guide

Global insight from leading lawyers in comparative guides to the law worldwide

The Franchising Global Guide provides country-specific Q&A guides on local and international franchising. Each Q&A guide gives a structured overview of the key practical issues, including: current market activity; franchising regulatory framework; contractual issues relating to franchising agreements (analysing pre-contact disclosure requirements, formalities, parties' rights and obligations, fees and payments, term of agreement and renewal, termination and choice of law and jurisdiction); Operations Manual; liability issues; intellectual property; real estate; competition law; employment issues; dispute resolution; exchange control and withholding; and proposals for reform.

Written by leading lawyers in their countries, contributors are ideally placed to provide clear, concise and practical commentary on the inner workings of their respective legal systems.

Chris Wormald is a partner and co-head of franchising and brand development in Fieldfisher's London office, with vast experience of domestic and international franchising over more than 30 years. A law graduate of Cambridge University he was admitted as a Solicitor in 1979, first practising in international tax structuring at Simmons & Simmons in London, before joining McDonald's EMEA headquarters and development office in Germany as General Counsel at age 30 and being promoted to Vice President a year later. He returned to private practice after ten years with McDonald's and ran Eversheds' franchising practice for 12 years before joining Fieldfisher in 2009.

He has for many years been consistently rated by Chambers and the other independent legal directories as as a leader and expert in franchising. Together with his partner at the time, Martin Mendelsohn, he was one of the first two non-US lawyers ranked by Who’s Who Legal, the official research partner of the International Bar Association (IBA), in its then shortlist of the 10 Most Highly Regarded Individuals globally. Before its abolition, he was a member of the British Franchise Association's (BFA) Legal Committee.

Over the years he has advised many businesses on the non-legal implications of franchising, variant structures and their expansion options and has been a director of two niche consultancy businesses.

He writes and speaks frequently on franchising and alternative business expansion structuring and is a member of the BFA, the International Franchise Association, the IBA and the American Bar Association. He has lived and worked in Brussels and Frankfurt and speaks English, French and German.

Country Q&A Contributing firm
Argentina Allende & Brea
Australia MST Lawyers
Austria CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati Rechtsanwälte GmbH
Cambodia Tilleke & Gibbins
Canada Dickinson Wright
Chile Toro, Cruzat & Co.
China Ella Cheong Law Office
Czech Republic Havel, Holásek & Partners s.r.o., attorneys-at-law
Denmark Aumento Law Firm
France GM Avocats
Germany Noerr LLP
Greece Bahas, Gramatidis & Partners
Hong Kong Ella Cheong Law Office
Hungary Sándor Szegedi Szent-Ivány Komáromi Eversheds Attorneys-at-Law
India Kanga and Company, Advocates & Solicitors
Indonesia Makarim & Taira S.
Ireland Beauchamps Solicitors
Italy Frignani Virano e Associati
Japan Anderson Mōri & Tomotsune
Kuwait ASAR Al-Ruwayeh & Partners
Malaysia Bustaman
New Zealand Stewart Germann Law Office
Philippines Bengzon Negre Untalan Intellectual Property Attorneys
Portugal Barrocas Advogados
Romania Eversheds
Russian Federation Noerr LLP
South Africa Adams & Adams
South Korea SJ Law Firm, Int'l Practice Group (IPG Legal)
Spain Echarri & Brindle
Switzerland Streichenberg, Attorneys at law
Thailand Tilleke & Gibbins
Turkey ErsoyBilgehan Lawyers and Consultants
UK (England and Wales) Fieldfisher
United States Baker McKenzie LLP
Vietnam Tilleke & Gibbins
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Introduction Fieldfisher

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