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|
|Austria||CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati Rechtsanwälte GmbH|
|Cambodia||Tilleke & Gibbins|
|Chile||Toro, Cruzat & Co.|
|China||Ella Cheong Law Office|
|Czech Republic||Havel, Holásek & Partners s.r.o., attorneys-at-law|
|Denmark||Aumento Law Firm|
|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.|
|Italy||Frignani Virano e Associati|
|Japan||Anderson Mōri & Tomotsune|
|Kuwait||ASAR Al-Ruwayeh & Partners|
|New Zealand||Stewart Germann Law Office|
|Philippines||Bengzon Negre Untalan Intellectual Property Attorneys|
|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|
India, Kanga & Co
United States, Baker & McKenzie LLP
United Kingdom, Fieldfisher
Spain, Echarri & Brindle
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