iba ifa joint conference

IBA/IFA Joint Conference

Each year, IFA partners with the International Bar Association's Franchising Committee to develop a program for some of the world's leading practitioners and experienced legal counsel. The 2020 Joint Conference will focus on "International Franchising with a 2020 Vision."
CFE Credits Available
Yes
May 05 - 06, 2020
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Washington, DC
United States

INTERNATIONAL FRANCHISING WITH A 2020 VISION

Experienced legal counsel will share invaluable information regarding the latest developments in international law and its importance to franchising.
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Hot Topics in Franchise Law
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News From Around the World
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Earn CDP, CLE & CFE Credits

Agenda

Tuesday, May 5
Session Title
Basic Track: International (A session within the IFA Annual Legal Symposium)
Session Summary

This International Franchising Basics Track intensive program bridges the annual IFA Legal Symposium and annual IBA/IFA Joint Conference on International Franchising that immediately follows. This co-production leverages the vast international franchising resources that will 
be in attendance. We invite you to learn the fundamentals from an incredibly knowledgeable group of lawyers and other advisors from the U.S. and around the world as you prepare to stay for the IBA/IFA Joint Conference scheduled for the next day.

•    Assessing a franchisor’s readiness for international expansion;
•    Selecting the countries for development;
•    Deciding on the deal structure;
•    Choosing the right franchise partner;
•    Key business terms to address;
•    Understanding local law and franchise registration / disclosure obligations and trademark requirements.

Time Start
03:00 pm
Time End
04:15 pm
Session Title
Reception and Dinner at Mastro’s Steakhouse
Session Summary

*Mastro’s steakhouse is located a short walk from the Grand Hyatt Washington at 600 13th St NW. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served from 6:00 – 7:00 pm. Dinner will be served at 7:00 pm.
**One ticket to this reception and dinner is included in the IBA/IFA Conference registration fee. Tickets to just the reception and dinner are also available for purchase.

Time Start
06:00 pm
Wednesday, May6
Session Title
Registration Desk Open
Time Start
07:30 am
Time End
04:00 pm
Session Title
Continental Breakfast Available
Time Start
07:30 am
Time End
08:00 am
Session Title
Welcome & Introductions
Session Summary

Welcome and Introduction by the IBA International Franchising Committee Co-Chairs and IFA.

Time Start
08:00 am
Time End
08:10 am
Session Title
Plenary 1: Hot Topics in International Franchise Laws
Session Summary

This session will comprise of a series of roundtable discussions on various topics of interest to franchise lawyers and from around the world.

1. Selected Current Affairs Issue – How to deal with the potential impact of political or diplomatic instability in franchise agreements

2. Selected Complex Situation – Do you consider taking over the franchisee’s operation as a practical option in termination situation?

3. Topical Antitrust law Issues in Franchising

4. Selected Practice Issue – Methods for ensuring agreement compliance in international transactions

5. Selected Public Relations Issue – Can the political, religious or moral stance of a franchisee or franchisor and their officers be regulated in contractual provisions?

6. North America (Canada, U.S. and Mexico)

7. Latin America

8. Europe, Russia and Middle Asia

9. East Asia, South-East Asia, Australia and New Zealand

10. Middle East, South Asia and Africa

Time Start
08:10 am
Time End
09:25 am
Session Title
Concurrent Interactive Workshops
Session Summary

Workshop 1 :  Business – Ghost Kitchens
Delivery services have transformed the restaurant industry in recent years, requiring restaurant systems to rethink their strategies for customer engagement, supply chain management, food safety and quality, restaurant layout and design, and insurance/risk management. This program touches upon various aspects of how restaurant systems address these challenges – as well as certain issues that are unique to franchising, such as managing network expansion, territorial considerations, contracting with third-party delivery service providers, commissaries, and ghost kitchens. 

Workshop 2 : Relationship – Centralized Services;Tech Funds; Technological Innovation in Franchising – Changes to the FA
The ability to innovate and adapt is a key principle of franchising, and with an ever-expanding array of technologies coming available to franchisors, franchisors are continually faced with financial, operational, logistical and contractual hurdles in evaluating, adapting and implementing technology changes to their franchise systems.  From use of centralized product and service suppliers, to the creation of tech funds that mirror traditional ad funds to areas such as third party delivery, online and app ordering  to the myriad different ways to advertise and promote brands that their products and services, franchisors in the US, Canada and all over are working overtime in an attempt to use technology for the betterment of their systems.   This Workshop will discuss several different types of new technologies and innovation within the context of franchise systems, with a focus on how franchisors can develop and update their franchise agreements to be adaptable for the future.

Workshop 3 : Litigation or Dispute Resolution - How to Deal with Innovation - Cause for Termination?
In this digital landscape, pressured by competition in the platform economy, franchise networks must innovate. If franchisors don’t take the lead on this, the network may be left behind. How to engage the entire franchise network? This workshop will cover the need to adopt innovation, which may vary per geographic area, type of customer and, obviously, financial capacity to invest in technology of the entire franchise chain. This interactive workshop will try to classify types of innovation within the boundaries of a typical franchise agreement; for which consent of the franchisees may be required and that may entail termination for the unwilling franchisees and as a result disputes and litigation, if needed to force progress.

Time Start
09:30 am
Time End
10:30 am
Session Title
Plenary 2: Data Privacy in the World (GDPR and Not GDPR)
Session Summary

Franchise networks increasingly collect personal data, which has great value, but triggers questions about data privacy. Now, the world is divided between GDPR and non-GDPR countries. This session will explore the legal and technical challenges, costs and benefits associated with compliance in GDPR countries and non-GDPR countries. As the number of privacy laws has grown from about 20 to 100 in recent years, this panel intends to explore the existing practices. This panel will share about burning issues amongst which how to transfer data to non-GDPR-countries in compliance with GDPR, how to structure a GDPR-compliant data flow in masterfranchise structures, how to divide up responsibilities between franchisor, masterfranchisees, franchisees and the end customer, best practices and how to protect the data pertaining to the franchise networks.

Time Start
10:50 am
Time End
12:05 pm
Session Title
Luncheon with Panel Discussion
Session Summary

When Nature Exerts Its Force:  How Franchise Systems Prepare For Pandemics, Environmental Disasters, and Other Contingencies

Parts of Asia, especially China, are still dealing with COVID-19 and its impact on businesses.  How lasting these effects will be remains to be seen.  Given the increase of climate change-induced natural disasters, and the inter-connectedness of the global economy, franchisors and franchisees live at the forefront of these challenges.  This program will explore ways to raise the preparedness of the franchise systems to deal with such sudden and impactful events, and their legal ramifications.

Time Start
12:05 pm
Time End
01:35 pm
Session Title
Concurrent Interactive Workshops
Session Summary

Workshop 1 :  Business – Ghost Kitchens
Delivery services have transformed the restaurant industry in recent years, requiring restaurant systems to rethink their strategies for customer engagement, supply chain management, food safety and quality, restaurant layout and design, and insurance/risk management. This program touches upon various aspects of how restaurant systems address these challenges – as well as certain issues that are unique to franchising, such as managing network expansion, territorial considerations, contracting with third-party delivery service providers, commissaries, and ghost kitchens. 

Workshop 2 : Relationship – Centralized Services;Tech Funds; Technological Innovation in Franchising – Changes to the FA
The ability to innovate and adapt is a key principle of franchising, and with an ever-expanding array of technologies coming available to franchisors, franchisors are continually faced with financial, operational, logistical and contractual hurdles in evaluating, adapting and implementing technology changes to their franchise systems.  From use of centralized product and service suppliers, to the creation of tech funds that mirror traditional ad funds to areas such as third party delivery, online and app ordering  to the myriad different ways to advertise and promote brands that their products and services, franchisors in the US, Canada and all over are working overtime in an attempt to use technology for the betterment of their systems.   This Workshop will discuss several different types of new technologies and innovation within the context of franchise systems, with a focus on how franchisors can develop and update their franchise agreements to be adaptable for the future.

Workshop 3 : Litigation or Dispute Resolution - How to Deal with Innovation - Cause for Termination?
In this digital landscape, pressured by competition in the platform economy, franchise networks must innovate. If franchisors don’t take the lead on this, the network may be left behind. How to engage the entire franchise network? This workshop will cover the need to adopt innovation, which may vary per geographic area, type of customer and, obviously, financial capacity to invest in technology of the entire franchise chain. This interactive workshop will try to classify types of innovation within the boundaries of a typical franchise agreement; for which consent of the franchisees may be required and that may entail termination for the unwilling franchisees and as a result disputes and litigation, if needed to force progress.

Time Start
01:45 pm
Time End
02:45 pm
Session Title
Plenary 3: News from Around the World
Session Summary

A panel of expert franchise law practitioners from select countries around the world will discuss recent and topical legal developments affecting franchising in their countries.

Time Start
03:00 pm
Time End
04:15 pm
Session Title
Conference Adjourns
Time Start
04:15 pm
Tuesday, May 5
Session Title
Basic Track: International (A session within the IFA Annual Legal Symposium)
Session Summary

This International Franchising Basics Track intensive program bridges the annual IFA Legal Symposium and annual IBA/IFA Joint Conference on International Franchising that immediately follows. This co-production leverages the vast international franchising resources that will 
be in attendance. We invite you to learn the fundamentals from an incredibly knowledgeable group of lawyers and other advisors from the U.S. and around the world as you prepare to stay for the IBA/IFA Joint Conference scheduled for the next day.

•    Assessing a franchisor’s readiness for international expansion;
•    Selecting the countries for development;
•    Deciding on the deal structure;
•    Choosing the right franchise partner;
•    Key business terms to address;
•    Understanding local law and franchise registration / disclosure obligations and trademark requirements.

Time Start
03:00 pm
Time End
04:15 pm
Session Title
Reception and Dinner at Mastro’s Steakhouse
Session Summary

*Mastro’s steakhouse is located a short walk from the Grand Hyatt Washington at 600 13th St NW. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served from 6:00 – 7:00 pm. Dinner will be served at 7:00 pm.
**One ticket to this reception and dinner is included in the IBA/IFA Conference registration fee. Tickets to just the reception and dinner are also available for purchase.

Time Start
06:00 pm
Wednesday, May6
Session Title
Registration Desk Open
Time Start
07:30 am
Time End
04:00 pm
Session Title
Continental Breakfast Available
Time Start
07:30 am
Time End
08:00 am
Session Title
Welcome & Introductions
Session Summary

Welcome and Introduction by the IBA International Franchising Committee Co-Chairs and IFA.

Time Start
08:00 am
Time End
08:10 am
Session Title
Plenary 1: Hot Topics in International Franchise Laws
Session Summary

This session will comprise of a series of roundtable discussions on various topics of interest to franchise lawyers and from around the world.

1. Selected Current Affairs Issue – How to deal with the potential impact of political or diplomatic instability in franchise agreements

2. Selected Complex Situation – Do you consider taking over the franchisee’s operation as a practical option in termination situation?

3. Topical Antitrust law Issues in Franchising

4. Selected Practice Issue – Methods for ensuring agreement compliance in international transactions

5. Selected Public Relations Issue – Can the political, religious or moral stance of a franchisee or franchisor and their officers be regulated in contractual provisions?

6. North America (Canada, U.S. and Mexico)

7. Latin America

8. Europe, Russia and Middle Asia

9. East Asia, South-East Asia, Australia and New Zealand

10. Middle East, South Asia and Africa

Time Start
08:10 am
Time End
09:25 am
Session Title
Concurrent Interactive Workshops
Session Summary

Workshop 1 :  Business – Ghost Kitchens
Delivery services have transformed the restaurant industry in recent years, requiring restaurant systems to rethink their strategies for customer engagement, supply chain management, food safety and quality, restaurant layout and design, and insurance/risk management. This program touches upon various aspects of how restaurant systems address these challenges – as well as certain issues that are unique to franchising, such as managing network expansion, territorial considerations, contracting with third-party delivery service providers, commissaries, and ghost kitchens. 

Workshop 2 : Relationship – Centralized Services;Tech Funds; Technological Innovation in Franchising – Changes to the FA
The ability to innovate and adapt is a key principle of franchising, and with an ever-expanding array of technologies coming available to franchisors, franchisors are continually faced with financial, operational, logistical and contractual hurdles in evaluating, adapting and implementing technology changes to their franchise systems.  From use of centralized product and service suppliers, to the creation of tech funds that mirror traditional ad funds to areas such as third party delivery, online and app ordering  to the myriad different ways to advertise and promote brands that their products and services, franchisors in the US, Canada and all over are working overtime in an attempt to use technology for the betterment of their systems.   This Workshop will discuss several different types of new technologies and innovation within the context of franchise systems, with a focus on how franchisors can develop and update their franchise agreements to be adaptable for the future.

Workshop 3 : Litigation or Dispute Resolution - How to Deal with Innovation - Cause for Termination?
In this digital landscape, pressured by competition in the platform economy, franchise networks must innovate. If franchisors don’t take the lead on this, the network may be left behind. How to engage the entire franchise network? This workshop will cover the need to adopt innovation, which may vary per geographic area, type of customer and, obviously, financial capacity to invest in technology of the entire franchise chain. This interactive workshop will try to classify types of innovation within the boundaries of a typical franchise agreement; for which consent of the franchisees may be required and that may entail termination for the unwilling franchisees and as a result disputes and litigation, if needed to force progress.

Time Start
09:30 am
Time End
10:30 am
Session Title
Plenary 2: Data Privacy in the World (GDPR and Not GDPR)
Session Summary

Franchise networks increasingly collect personal data, which has great value, but triggers questions about data privacy. Now, the world is divided between GDPR and non-GDPR countries. This session will explore the legal and technical challenges, costs and benefits associated with compliance in GDPR countries and non-GDPR countries. As the number of privacy laws has grown from about 20 to 100 in recent years, this panel intends to explore the existing practices. This panel will share about burning issues amongst which how to transfer data to non-GDPR-countries in compliance with GDPR, how to structure a GDPR-compliant data flow in masterfranchise structures, how to divide up responsibilities between franchisor, masterfranchisees, franchisees and the end customer, best practices and how to protect the data pertaining to the franchise networks.

Time Start
10:50 am
Time End
12:05 pm
Session Title
Luncheon with Panel Discussion
Session Summary

When Nature Exerts Its Force:  How Franchise Systems Prepare For Pandemics, Environmental Disasters, and Other Contingencies

Parts of Asia, especially China, are still dealing with COVID-19 and its impact on businesses.  How lasting these effects will be remains to be seen.  Given the increase of climate change-induced natural disasters, and the inter-connectedness of the global economy, franchisors and franchisees live at the forefront of these challenges.  This program will explore ways to raise the preparedness of the franchise systems to deal with such sudden and impactful events, and their legal ramifications.

Time Start
12:05 pm
Time End
01:35 pm
Session Title
Concurrent Interactive Workshops
Session Summary

Workshop 1 :  Business – Ghost Kitchens
Delivery services have transformed the restaurant industry in recent years, requiring restaurant systems to rethink their strategies for customer engagement, supply chain management, food safety and quality, restaurant layout and design, and insurance/risk management. This program touches upon various aspects of how restaurant systems address these challenges – as well as certain issues that are unique to franchising, such as managing network expansion, territorial considerations, contracting with third-party delivery service providers, commissaries, and ghost kitchens. 

Workshop 2 : Relationship – Centralized Services;Tech Funds; Technological Innovation in Franchising – Changes to the FA
The ability to innovate and adapt is a key principle of franchising, and with an ever-expanding array of technologies coming available to franchisors, franchisors are continually faced with financial, operational, logistical and contractual hurdles in evaluating, adapting and implementing technology changes to their franchise systems.  From use of centralized product and service suppliers, to the creation of tech funds that mirror traditional ad funds to areas such as third party delivery, online and app ordering  to the myriad different ways to advertise and promote brands that their products and services, franchisors in the US, Canada and all over are working overtime in an attempt to use technology for the betterment of their systems.   This Workshop will discuss several different types of new technologies and innovation within the context of franchise systems, with a focus on how franchisors can develop and update their franchise agreements to be adaptable for the future.

Workshop 3 : Litigation or Dispute Resolution - How to Deal with Innovation - Cause for Termination?
In this digital landscape, pressured by competition in the platform economy, franchise networks must innovate. If franchisors don’t take the lead on this, the network may be left behind. How to engage the entire franchise network? This workshop will cover the need to adopt innovation, which may vary per geographic area, type of customer and, obviously, financial capacity to invest in technology of the entire franchise chain. This interactive workshop will try to classify types of innovation within the boundaries of a typical franchise agreement; for which consent of the franchisees may be required and that may entail termination for the unwilling franchisees and as a result disputes and litigation, if needed to force progress.

Time Start
01:45 pm
Time End
02:45 pm
Session Title
Plenary 3: News from Around the World
Session Summary

A panel of expert franchise law practitioners from select countries around the world will discuss recent and topical legal developments affecting franchising in their countries.

Time Start
03:00 pm
Time End
04:15 pm
Session Title
Conference Adjourns
Time Start
04:15 pm
Full Conference Attendee
650
$
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Dinner/Reception Guest of Full Conference Attendee
250
$

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