- Structuring and Operating a Franchise System
Anderson Mori & Tomotsune’s franchise practice team has in-depth knowledge of the laws and regulations pertaining to franchising, such as the Small and Medium-sized Retail Business Promotion Act, the Act on Prohibition of Private Monopolization and Maintenance of Fair Trade (Antimonopoly Act), the Trademark Act, the Unfair Competition Prevention Act and the Act on Specified Commercial Transactions. Our Firm provides comprehensive and tailored legal services to clients with respect to structuring and operating a franchise system, including the preparation of relevant documents such as franchise agreements and disclosure documents.
- Franchise Litigation and Dispute Resolution
AM&T has considerable expertise in handling franchise litigation and alternative dispute resolution proceedings. Our representative experience includes representing clients in disputes involving the following matters:
- Soliciting prospective franchisees
- Franchisor’s guidance and assistance in the management and operation of the franchisee's business
- Royalty payments
- Termination or expiration of franchise agreements
- Covenants not to compete
- Trademark infringement and unfair competition
Utilizing our Firm's expertise in resolving franchise disputes, we also provide strategic advice to clients in order for them to avoid future disputes in any aspect of the franchise business.
- International Franchising
Leveraging off of AM&T’s many years of experience and expertise in international transactions, we act for overseas clients seeking to expand into Japan through international franchising. Our support includes structuring, negotiating and drafting relevant documents such as international direct franchise agreements, international master franchise agreements and joint venture agreements. In addition, we support clients actively providing advice on legal issues and regulations relevant to franchising in Japan.
We also assist our Japanese clients seeking to expand into foreign countries through international franchising. Our Firm has a strong worldwide network and extensive experience working with leading global law firms, which enable us to provide high-caliber advice on foreign franchise laws and regulations affecting international franchising.