In this section we have complied an “International Franchising: Choose your country handbook”, which includes useful information about international franchising. The information is set-up as a “question and answer interview”, where you’ll find that the questions follow a logical order most likely as if you had asked them yourself. The answers seek to pinpoint what you need to know; where to learn more; and for what purposes you will most need outside advise. By the time you’ve read Countries A, B, and C, you will have a pretty clear idea of whether there are any ‘show-stopper’ countries. Short of those, you will have identified trouble spots that may dictate deferring consideration of one or more countries until some threshold issues can be explored.
Make no mistake about it. These pages will not make you an expert in the ‘law of franchising’ and it will certainly not make you an authority on many of the other disciplines required to have a successful international franchise program. What they can do, however, is to distil from otherwise inaccessible or indigestible masses of information what you would need to know about the interface between franchising and, for example, trademark law and competition law.
You almost certainly will need to consult with local counsel tax advisor and your franchise consultant, but, armed with the material provided here, you will be able to do so in a far more informed, disciplined and cost-effective manner. Now you only have to choose your destination!
Choose your country…
United States »
Documents that will help you better understand the country
IFCN member that can help you enter the local market
International Franchising: Choose your country Infographic
Laws Applicable to Franchising (updated February 2014)