Ivey, Barnum & O'Mara, LLC




NEW CANAAN203-966-1492


NEW YORK212-764-0900


WHITE PLAINS914-517-7578


Connecticut Franchise Lawyer

Greenwich Franchise Lawyer

NYC and CT Attorneys Assist Clients with Franchise Agreements and Financing

Attorneys in our Franchise Department handle all aspects of matters relating to:

  • Franchise Finance
  • Franchisee Assistance

Franchise Finance

  • Real Estate and Equipment Loans: Refinances, Acquisitions, Construction/Development
  • Whole Loan Sales and Purchases
  • Loan Participations
  • Loan Work-outs/Modifications
  • Sale/Leaseback Transactions

Our franchise finance practice group started with the inception of franchise lending in the restaurant industry over twenty years ago. Since that time, our group has counseled various regional and national banks, lenders and specialty finance groups through the development, growth and emergence of franchise lending in today's marketplace. This practice history provides our franchise finance clients with the benefit of seasoned lawyers with the experience and know how of identifying key issues and offering effective legal solutions for all aspects of the loan transaction process and the related nuances that are unique to franchise lending.

For equipment and real estate loans, we offer a hands-on approach through the various stages of the lending process. Our involvement begins as early as the underwriting phase to counsel clients on the most effective loan and collateral structure and continues throughout the loan funding and closing process. Our representation includes commitment letter and loan document preparation, documentation negotiation, due diligence review (including title, survey, lease, franchise, construction and corporate documents), negotiation of title insurance coverage, the preparation and negotiation of third party landlord and franchisor documentation, and the facilitation of the funding process.

Franchisee Assistance

  • Franchise Disclosure Document Review
  • Franchise Agreement Review
  • Development Agreement Review
  • Business Entity Formation
  • Employment Agreements
  • Lease Negotiation
  • Real Estate Acquisition
  • Equipment Financing
  • Real Estate Financing
  • Private Equity

Our franchisee law practice is centered on the representation of franchise business owners in both the development of new business ventures and the growth of existing operations. For more than two decades, our attorneys have counseled clients throughout the Tri-State area and on a national basis in the development, growth, and operation of their franchise business opportunities.

Our experienced team helps clients achieve success by listening, understanding, creating and implementing practical legal solutions while navigating through the multi-faceted arena of franchise law. Whether a prospective franchisee or an experienced multi-unit franchise operator, our attorneys have the combined years of skill, experience and responsiveness to efficiently and effectively counsel clients on their legal needs while helping them make informed business decisions.

With respect to the franchise documentation, we work closely with our clients on the review and analysis of the Franchise Disclosure Document as well as the review and negotiation of the Development Agreement and related Franchise Agreements. With respect to site specific documentation, our representation includes the preparation of real estate purchase and sale documentation, leases, employment contracts, and construction contracts as well as assisting our clients with the review and analysis of general due diligence documents (including title, survey, environmental reports and related due diligence items).

For clients that are interested in financing their business ventures, our practice group has extensive experience representing franchisees borrowers with a vast array of lending needs including single site construction loans, development lines of credit, multi-unit refinances, sale/leasebacks and acquisitions, working capital and general business loans.

This practice group works in tandem with the Commercial Real Estate Department and the Corporate Department to manage and structure each transaction to best suit each client's business objectives [including the implementation of the appropriate business structure and the formation of the appropriate holding and operating entity(ies)].

Contact Ivey, Barnum & O'Mara, LLC today for more information about franchise legal matters in New York and Connecticut.

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