Plave Koch attorneys have been active in the international sector for more than 20 years. At last count, collectively we have worked on franchise matters in over 75 countries across the globe.

Our proven franchise and business attorneys are known across the world for their trusted legal insight. Whether you are looking to expand internationally, wish to expand into the U.S., or have any questions about how business and franchisor law varies between countries and locales, you can trust us to answer all of our questions and guide you to a positive resolution.

We offer a wide range of legal services to both U.S. and foreign business clients:

Taking U.S. franchisors abroad. Our attorneys have drafted and negotiated all kinds of franchising agreements for U.S. brand owners who wish to expand internationally, ensuring they comply with the increasing number of franchise sales laws in other countries. In July 2007, we obtained the first two registrations issued by the Chinese government to U.S. franchise brands under China’s 2007 Franchise Regulation. We also frequently resolve issues involving renewals, ownership changes, refinancings and other challenges franchise systems encounter.

Bringing foreign franchise concepts on-shore. Our practice also helps international franchises break into the U.S. market. Our services for foreign franchisors are just as broad in scope as those we offer our domestic clients.

Protecting trademarks and domain names. We register trademarks and manage portfolios in other countries for many clients. We also recover hijacked domain names that use or mimic our clients’ marks. Please see the description of our trademark and domain name services for more information.

Working with local counsel. Because we are not beholden to make referrals to any particular firm, overseas office or organization, we can recommend local counsel free of economic interest, based solely on their merits and shared values. If desired, we “quarterback” their activities to save clients time and money, using our experience to define specific questions, control the scope of the responses and assess the fees charged.

For more information about our experience and services, do not hesitate to reach out to us to speak to a member of our team. For some of these matters, the sooner you reach out the better – but no matter where you are in the process, we are more than happy to help. Call 703-774-1200 today to get started.