Hot topics at the conference include the legal ramifications of terminating an international master franchisee, food service standards and diversity program incentives.
What: Forum on Franchising Annual Meeting “Franchising in Full Animation”
When: Oct. 16-18
Where: Rosen Shingle Creek Resort
9939 Universal Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32819
Program highlights include:
“Fundamentals of International Franchising: Laws and Issues Affecting U.S Brands Expanding Abroad” — The decision to expand a franchise outside of the U.S. is on the rise. The panel will discuss key legal issues in cross-border franchising, transaction structuring and strategies for trademark and IP protection, data privacy and competition laws.
Wednesday, Oct. 16, noon – 5 p.m.
“Terminating an International Master Franchisee” — Myriad issues could arise when a franchisor attempts to terminate an international master franchisee. Panelists will discuss post-termination obligations and the future of subfranchisees involved in the matter.
Thursday, Oct. 17, 3:45 – 5:00 p.m. and Friday, Oct.18, 9 – 10:15 a.m.
“Food, Glorious Food: Legal Issues Peculiar to Food Service Franchising” — Legal and public policy issues permeate the food service industry, which has eight of the 10 largest franchise systems. Panelists will discuss the internal issues, such as food safety and sanitation standards, audits and inspections.
Thursday, Oct. 17, 12:35 – 1:50 p.m. and Friday, Oct. 18, 9 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
“Leveraging Diversity — Legal and Business Considerations” — Minority and women-owned businesses, military veterans, disadvantaged business enterprises and airport concession enterprises are some of the diversity contract opportunities available in the industry. Panelists will discuss the current efforts by franchisors and franchisees to increase participation in these diverse business programs.
Thursday, Oct. 17, 10:15 – 11:30 a.m. and Friday, Oct. 18, 2:45 – 4 p.m.
A complete agenda for the 36th Annual Forum on Franchising meeting can be found online.
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