Franchise & Distribution

Cheng Cohen’s Franchise & Distribution Group provides franchisors, licensors and manufacturers the comprehensive legal services needed to get their products and services to market efficiently and economically.  We represent franchisors of all sizes, from many of the world’s most renowned brands to new and emerging concepts.  Here’s just a sample of what we do:


  • Work with start-up franchisors to structure franchise programs and to develop documents that meet clients’ unique and specific needs
  • Assist established franchisors to grow their brands across the U.S. and internationally
  • Prepare disclosure documents and file state registration materials
  • Assist in structuring alternative methods of distribution and licensing for companies that want to avoid becoming a franchisor under state and federal laws
  • Help clients develop and manage relationships with franchisees, licensees, vendors, suppliers and competitors
  • Work with clients to anticipate, prevent and manage disputes
  • Represent clients in actions brought to enforce and protect their rights and interests, and to defend threatened or pending litigation
  • Advise private equity companies on acquisitions of franchise companies

We help clients grow their brands, improve concept defensibility, fend off competitors, register and protect their intellectual property, draft Franchise Disclosure Documents, state-of-the-art franchise agreements and ancillary documents, comply with state and federal registration and disclosure law and regulations, negotiate with regulators, build supply chains and distribution networks, manage the franchise relationship, establish franchise advisory councils and deal effectively with independent associations, and anticipate and manage disputes.  And that’s all before lunch. We are the franchise industry’s full-service boutique law firm.

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