Re-Opening and Operating Issues: What It Takes to Run a Franchised Business Post-COVID 

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Legal Symposium 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic could be called, at least, a disrupting external force. It whipped through the franchise industry in different ways, and we’re set up to discuss a lot of them during the IFA Legal Symposium. 

It starts with the first session, Trail Blazers Perspective (a historical perspective on today’s challenges and opportunities) and into many can't miss sessions!

The full agenda includes a ton of moments dedicated to the pandemic and its disruptive influence, including:  

FPRs/Item 19 in COVID (Rules and best practices as we reopen the economy) 

Global Expansion in a Stay at Home World (Big pivots in health and safety + geo-political issues) 

Managing Risks in Contracts and Relationships due to COVID-19 (Using contractual concepts like force majeure and royalty fees to guide future franchise contracts)

Navigating Distressed Franchisee Issues: Understanding Franchisee Bankruptcies and Exploring Alternatives (The sad realities of COVID-19)

Post-COVID Re-opening and Operating Issues (Hot topics related to re-opening and operating in the new normal)

Real Estate Issues in the Age of COVID (A multipack punch of force majeure, negotiation, alternative real estate control structures, and more)

Supply Chain Disruption in the COVID-19 Era (Planning for tomorrow when everything keeps changing)

To Terminate or Not to Terminate, That is the Question (Challenges in evaluating system standards issue) 

Franchise Litigation (Legal and practical impact of COVID-19)* 

Mergers & Acquisitions (Deal considerations in the COVID era)* 

* Register today for access to the complete set of sessions under the basics track.

Come One, Come All 
Anyone in the franchise industry has seen exactly how COVID disrupted the business landscape. That’s why everyone is invited to attend the IFA Legal Symposium. Anyone who has an interest in (or is annoyingly affected by) the legal side of their business can be there for all the important information related to the disruptors of COVID-19 in the franchise industry, and most importantly how we’re moving forward. 

IFA Legal Symposium - Virtual 
May 4, 5, 6, 2021 

Do the Math 
Run the numbers and you’ll see the registration cost minus travel and food expenses means a virtual conference is the most affordable way to earn CLE and CFE credits.

Sponsorships Available 
Put your brand’s expertise on display and acquire important partnership leads by sponsoring the Legal Symposium.  For more information on investment opportunities, contact IFA’s Sr. Director of Sponsorships & Exhibits, Lynette James, at  

More Professional Development Opportunities Registration is open for the 36th Annual IBA/IFA Joint Conference, May 18-19, 2021. Small, collaborative sessions with the big brains in franchise law.