When a franchisor is acquired by an investment banker or investment firm, several potential issues may arise for both the franchisor and the franchisees. Not all acquisitions lead to problems, but it's good to be aware of potential issues. Here are some concerns that may come up.
As franchisees try to navigate through the COVID-19 crisis, one more thing to beware of is “help” that comes with strings attached. Many, if not most, franchisees are behind on bills, including royalty and fee payments to their franchisor. Many of those will receive an “offer” from their franchisor that they will “defer” some of the fees until later—if you will just sign this “standard form” agreement.
The Bundy Law Firm is proud to announce that partners Howard Bundy and Caroline Fichter have been selected as the 2021 Franchise Times Legal Eagles. The Franchise Times named Caroline Fichter as a Legal Eagle and Howard Bundy entered the Legal Eagle Hall of Fame.
Franchisors require virtually every person who buys a franchise to sign a personal guarantee, even if they plan to operate the franchise through a through a corporation or limited liability company. You should think twice (or more) before signing a personal guarantee.