Brian H. Cole is a Certified Specialist in Franchise and Distribution Law (California State Bar of Legal Specialization), with over 30 years of experience, including as in-house attorney for one of the world's largest franchisors (Pizza Hut). The focus of his practice is on corporate and transactional work, primarily for companies and individuals involved in franchise and distribution matters (franchisors, franchisees, manufacturers, and distributors).
Consulting Services For Franchisors:
Draft franchise agreements and related documents (including confidentiality agreements, personal guarantees, and other ancillary documents)
Prepare Franchise Disclosure Documents; register or file exemptions in all states where needed
Represent franchisors in acquisitions or divestitures of either individual units or entire systems
Advise with respect to termination and non-renewal issues.
Due Diligence Services for Acquisitions:
Review compliance by franchisors with applicable franchise laws.
Advise franchisees on viability of franchised business.
Consulting Services For Franchisees:
Review Franchise Disclosure Documents and advise prospective franchisees on the franchise under consideration
Represent franchisees selling their units or buying existing units
Advise franchisees who have been harmed by franchisor practices contrary to provisions of applicable franchise laws
Areas of Expertise:
Drafting / Registering Franchise Agreement
Buying / Selling Individual Franchised Locations and Franchise Chains