Bret Lowell Partner - DLA Piper US LLP

Bret Lowell is an internationally recognized leader in franchise and distribution law, and has counseled and represented clients across a broad spectrum of industries, including restaurants and food service, car rental, hotel and motel, health care, financial services, high tech, real estate and retail. Bret's experience includes extensive analysis as to whether arrangements constitute "franchises;" drafting and negotiating domestic and international franchise, distribution and license agreements; preparation and filing of disclosure documents; counsel and advice regarding the establishment and operation of franchise and distribution systems; counsel and advice regarding termination, transfer and renewal obligations; dispute resolution, including representation before federal and state government agencies; mediation; due diligence reviews and document preparation in connection with public offerings, mergers and acquisitions; and trademark and other intellectual property matters.

Presenting in the following seminars/workshops:

Friday, June 16, 2017
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
New Techniques for Franchisee Financing

Room: 1A05

Moderated by: Bret Lowell, Partner, DLA Piper US LLP

Panelists: Rocco Fiorentino, CFE, CEO, Benetrends, Inc.; Kirsten Benson, Capital Access Advisor, FRANdata; Mark Whittle, CFE, Chief Development Officer, Hooters of America, LLC

Many franchisors assist their franchisees in obtaining financing. Learn about the different approaches to franchisee financing, including franchisor-sponsored and non-sponsored financing. This session will cover many aspects of franchise financing programs, including identifying successful industry models and examining the pitfalls of less successful programs. The session will also explore the use of tri-party agreements, the types of direct financing available to multi-unit and other franchisees, how to choose between lenders and lender products, the steps needed to obtain a loan, and the types of loans available for different purposes (i.e., new franchises vs. remodels). Finally, we will discuss opportunities for franchisors to assist their franchisees in understanding various credit programs and successfully navigating the debt markets.
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Friday, June 16, 2017
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Franchise Exit Strategies

Room: 1A05

Presented by: Bret Lowell, Partner, DLA Piper US LLP and Burt Yarkin, Managing Director, The McLean Group

Owners of franchise companies (whether franchisors or multi-unit franchisees) all dream of the day when they sell their business. Along the way, they may also wish to sell partial equity to raise growth capital or to simply “take some money off the table.” Whether the sale is imminent or years away, it is crucial to understand the selling process. For those ready to sell, or to take in an investor, the knowledge you gain in this session will guide you through the necessary business and legal steps. For those who will sell or seek investment down the line, this knowledge will help you to manage the business in the meantime in ways that will maximize your exit opportunities. Come learn what every owner of a franchise business needs to know about the strategies and best practices for selling to a buyer or an investor.
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