If you are seeking to buy or sell a franchise, or to franchise your business in New Zealand, LegalVision’s experienced franchise team can help you achieve your goals. We have advised clients across a wide range of industries, including retail, IT, hospitality and home services and can clearly explain your rights and obligations.

Buying a Franchise 

If you want to work with an established brand, buying a franchise is an attractive option. Our team can help with:

  • reviewing franchise documents, such as the agreement, operations manual, financial statements and disclosure documents;
  • reviewing the sale of business documents, if you are buying from an existing franchisee;
  • undertaking negotiations with the franchisor on your behalf;
  • reviewing your commercial lease; and
  • conducting due diligence on the franchise network.

Selling a Franchise 

Selling a franchise is different from selling an ordinary business, and is set out in your franchise agreement. Our team can assist with:

  • your sale of business agreement;
  • complying with the franchise agreement;
  • negotiating with the franchisor and other parties;
  • settlement;
  • advising on any restrictions you may face; and
  • lease transfer or assignment.

Franchise Your Business

New Zealand businesses are increasingly turning to the franchise model. This includes food, fashion, professional services and real estate businesses, among others. Essentially, franchising your business means assigning the franchisee with the right to market and distribute goods and services under your brand. Our team can help you with:

  • drafting key documents, including the master franchise agreement, disclosure document and annexures, like deeds of guarantee;
  • licence and distribution agreements;
  • creating operations manuals
  • new franchisee document packs; and
  • the benefits of a Franchise Association of New Zealand (FANZ) membership.

LegalVision’s franchise lawyers have helped hundreds of businesses to achieve their franchising goals. Call us today on 0800 005 570 and let us help you achieve your goals, too.

Our Services

Assisting Franchisors

We assist franchisors with compliance with the Franchising Code of Practice as well as drafting key franchise operating documents, including Franchise Agreements, Master Franchise Agreements, intellectual property licences and commercial leases. We can also assist with franchisee acquisitions, franchise disputes, renewals and franchise structuring.

Assisting Franchisees

Our lawyers can assist you with purchasing or selling a franchise, including negotiating and reviewing the franchise documentation. We can also assist with leasing for franchisees, including advising you on your rights and obligations.

Advising Business Owners Looking to Franchise

If you are looking to expand your business and deciding whether to licence or franchise, our team can advise you the best options for your expansion. We can also help draft Master Franchise Agreements and ensure you are complying under the NZ Franchising Code of Practice.

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