Richard Morey’s franchise and distribution practice is focused on working with both experienced and startup franchise companies, helping them structure new franchise programs and determine the most appropriate methods of single- and multi-unit franchising.
Richard counsels franchisors on everyday compliance and other franchise-related issues, such as registration and disclosure matters, negotiating agreements, maintaining good franchisee relations and resolving disputes with franchisees.
He also works extensively on international franchising and licensing transactions, including master franchise, area development and single-unit licensing deals in Asia, Europe, Central America, the Middle East and the Caribbean, in addition to structuring other methods of international product distribution such as manufacturing and bottling arrangements.
In his corporate practice Richard handles all aspects of small- and mid-market mergers and acquisitions transactions, with a special focus on representing franchisors in M&A transactions.
He also represents non-franchise clients on corporate, organizational and contract-related matters, including financing arrangements, workouts and management arrangements.
Chambers USA has repeatedly recognized Richard for his franchising practice. The directory has highlighted him as “a sharp up-and-comer” due to his “significant experience representing franchisors in M&A transactions.”
Richard has also been recognized in The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers and The International Who’s Who of Franchise Lawyers. He was named a Best Lawyer for 2014 in Chicago’s Best Lawyersmagazine. He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the franchise law category.
In 2008, the North Lawndale Employment Network, whose mission is to improve Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood through innovative employment initiatives that lead to economic advancement and an improved quality of life, honored him with its Creating a Community That Works Award, recognizing his extraordinary contributions and ongoing personal commitment.
- J.D., University of Pennsylvania 1996
- B.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 1993
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