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When are Parent Company Financial Disclosures Required?

by LeClairRyan on

A franchisor selling franchises in the U.S. must disclose its audited financial statements in Item 21 of the franchise disclosure document (FDD). Sometimes, parent company financials are used instead of the franchisor’s...more

Commonwealth Court Unanimously Holds that Local Business Privilege Tax Must be Fairly Apportioned

by Cozen O'Connor on

A panel of the Commonwealth Court unanimously held that a local Business Privilege Tax (BPT) imposed on fees paid by Pennsylvania 7-Eleven franchisees to 7-Eleven’s regional office in the township was unconstitutional because...more

A "reasonable basis" for FPRs: what to expect this renewal season from state franchise examiners in light of the proposed NASAA...

by DLA Piper on

Last fall, the North American Securities Administrators Association Inc. (NASAA) issued a notice of request seeking public comment on an updated proposed financial performance representations (or FPR) Commentary. The Federal...more

N.Y.’s New Cybersecurity Regulations: What Financial Services Companies Need to Know

With corporate data security breaches on the rise, the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) has adopted rules requiring financial institutions to take certain measures to safeguard their data and inform...more

SEC Weighs In on Robo-Advisers: Disclosure, Suitability, and Compliance Obligations

by Morgan Lewis on

The SEC’s Guidance recognizes that robo-advisers are fiduciaries, and provides suggestions on how they can meet the substantive requirements of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940. ...more

FRANCHISOR 101: Simplification of SBA Loan Approvals

by Lewitt Hackman on

As independent small business operators, franchisees may qualify for business loans that are guaranteed by the Small Business Administration ("SBA loans"). However, the SBA considers certain types and levels of control...more

Getting to know British Columbia’s new franchise legislation

by DLA Piper on

After years in development, the British Columbia Franchises Act and its regulations came into force on February 1, 2017. British Columbia is now one of six Canadian provinces to enact franchise legislation, following...more

First Steps Toward a Successful Franchise Acquisition

Owning a franchised business can present a lucrative opportunity, and this is especially true when acquiring a franchise with a history of success and/or an opportunity for growth. While each franchise system is different and...more

Regulation A+: A Capital-Rising Method that is Ready for Franchising

by Baker Donelson on

In a prior article published in Franchising Today, we addressed the intersection of franchises and crowdfunding, a method of business financing which was made legal through rulemaking on the part of the Securities and...more

SBA's New Rule Offers Some Welcome Changes for the Franchise Community

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has been a key player in franchise development, providing loan guarantees for franchisee start-ups. As a condition for providing these guarantees, the SBA historically required a...more

New Year brings new SBA financing rules

by DLA Piper on

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has been a supportive, albeit imperfect, partner in helping franchisees obtain financing and thus helping franchise systems grow. Among other things, the SBA guarantees a significant...more

BREWBOUND SESSION SAN DIEGO 2016 [Video]

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Alva C. Mather, a partner in and chair of Pepper Hamilton’s Alcoholic Beverage Industry Practice Group and co-chair of the Food and Beverage Industry Practice Group, spoke at this year’s Brewbound Session in San Diego — the...more

The New SBA Addendum

by LeClairRyan on

Effective January 1, 2017, any franchisor that wants to offer SBA guaranteed financing for its franchisees will use a single, two-page form addendum. In a notice issued just before Thanksgiving, the SBA announced that it...more

Franchisee’s & Self-Employment Taxes

by Dickinson Wright on

In a recent Chief Counsel Advice (CCA 201640014, issued 9/30/2016), the Office of Chief Counsel (“OCC”) of the Internal Revenue Service found that all of a franchisee’s share of earnings from a partnership that operating...more

Alphabet Soup?

Several years have now passed since the financial crisis and the onslaught of regulations intended to prevent a future crisis. Regulatory reform has assuredly resulted in significant changes to our financial services sector....more

Franchise Opportunities: One Size Does Not Fit All

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

Purchasing a franchise opportunity has become a popular means of pursuing a new business venture. The idea of joining an established group and utilizing a recognized brand can offer an added level of comfort when going into...more

The Big Picture: EU's Financial Regulation Offensive

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

In the aftermath of the financial crisis, the national and international response by legislators and regulators has been to substantially overhaul and increase financial regulation applicable to banks and other financial...more

Hotels – Brand Expansion or Brand Explosion?

Consumer oriented companies commonly use “brand extension” to launch a new product by using an existing brand name on a new or related product, often in a different category. These companies use brand extension to leverage...more

Assignments and restrictive covenants in Ontario: franchisors take note

by DLA Piper on

Franchisors concerned about how they may wish to handle an assignment of a franchise can look to two 2015 decisions of the Ontario Court of Appeal for guidance. In the first decision, 2147191 Ontario Inc. v. Springdale Pizza...more

Ten Hallmarks of an Effective Compliance Program-Hallmark 7 [Video]

by Thomas Fox on

In this podcast, I discuss the most vexing problem of a best practices compliance program, managing third party risk. ...more

Brexit's Impact on ISDA Documentation

by K&L Gates LLP on

As previously noted in the client alert “Brexit: A First Look at the Impact on Asset Managers That Trade Derivatives,” Brexit is not anticipated to have an immediate impact on ISDA Documentation or derivatives contracts. ...more

Are you Ready for the Extension of the Unfair Contract Terms Regime to Franchise Agreements?

by K&L Gates LLP on

Since 2010, the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) and the ASIC Act have prohibited and made void terms in standard form contracts with consumers that were unfair. From 12 November 2016, the Unfair Contract Terms regime (UCT...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 265-Managing Supply Chain Risk, Part I-with Jared Connors [Video]

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode I begin a multi-part series with Jared Connors on how to manage your supply chain risk. ...more

What Do Edison, Overalls and Opportunity Have in Common?

by Cole Schotz on

Thomas Edison famously said that “opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” Consistent with Edison’s musings, companies in an acquisition mode often overlook opportunities...more

The limits of negligent misstatement

by Allen & Overy LLP on

The house always wins - except, it seems, at the Court of Appeal. The appellant bank did not owe a duty of care to Playboy Club's casino for a negligent misstatement as to a gambler's creditworthiness made to a sister...more

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