Franchise Alchemy

Transforming Franchise Business Law Into Golden Concepts

How New York Can Be a Center for International Franchising

By Tom Pitegoff | November 5, 2020

New York prides itself on being an international hub of trade, finance, culture and diplomacy. Lawyers know that New York…

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COVID-19 is About More than Item 19 Franchise Disclosures

By Tom Pitegoff | August 21, 2020

On June 10, 2020, the Franchise Project Group of the North American Securities Administrators Association, Inc. (NASAA) issued guidance to assist…

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COVID-19 and State Franchise Renewals

By Tom Pitegoff | June 12, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the work of state franchise regulators as well as the franchisors they regulate and the franchise…

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3 Employment Law Changes That Affect Franchisors

By Tom Pitegoff | March 3, 2020
Two men sitting across from each other in an interview. Interviewer wearing black tie and collared shirt, interview wearing long sleeve collared shirt with hands crossed on the wooden table

As Published in Law360 Employee poaching and joint employment have been hot topics among franchisors and franchisees in the last…

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SBA-Backed Franchise Lending Today

By Tom Pitegoff | October 24, 2018

The U.S. Small Business Association’s loan guaranty program has gone through a number of changes in recent years. The current…

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Structuring a Multi-unit Franchise

By Tom Pitegoff | July 25, 2017

A multi-unit franchise owner can structure its operations in a number of ways, but one approach in particular often makes…

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When are Parent Company Financial Disclosures Required?

By Tom Pitegoff | May 22, 2017

A franchisor selling franchises in the U.S. must disclose its audited financial statements in Item 21 of the franchise disclosure…

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Testing a New Franchise Concept

By Tom Pitegoff | March 16, 2017

One of the toughest challenges an aspiring franchisor may face is selling its first franchise.  Who would take the risk…

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The New SBA Addendum

By Tom Pitegoff | December 19, 2016

Effective January 1, 2017, any franchisor that wants to offer SBA guaranteed financing for its franchisees will use a single,…

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Correcting an Accidental Franchisor Violation

By Tom Pitegoff | October 31, 2016

What’s a franchise?  Franchise registration and disclosure laws define a “franchise” more broadly than people generally realize.  A company may…

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