legal symposium

Legal Symposium

**IFA EVENTS NOTICE**

As of March 23, 2020, the IFA has made the difficult but necessary decision to cancel all events currently scheduled through June 2020 due to the continued rapid spread of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).
CFE Credits Available
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May 03 - 05, 2020
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1000 H St NW
Washington, DC 20001
United States

Elevating Franchise Law

IFA’s Legal Symposium is designed by a task force of member volunteers with a particular emphasis on how legal and regulatory issues affect the everyday business operations of the franchise system.
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Pioneer the future of franchise law
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Meet industry trailblazers
Earn CLE credits

**IFA EVENTS NOTICE**

As of March 23, 2020, the IFA has made the difficult but necessary decision to cancel all events currently scheduled through June 2020 due to the continued rapid spread of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). 

Our top priority is to ensure the safety of our members. We are working on ways to keep you engaged during these difficult times.  Please know the IFA stands with you and is working day and night at the highest levels to make sure your needs are addressed politically and that you have right information on how to best navigate the pandemic. 

If you have already registered for or sponsored one of these events all registration fees and sponsorship fees will be refunded in full over the upcoming weeks.  We are also considering several alternative options, including rescheduling at a future date, shifting to a virtual conference, and other education avenues.  If we pursue any of these avenues, we will send out updated information

Most importantly, we wish you good health during this challenging time and look forward to gathering with you and the rest of the franchising community once we can safely return to face-to-face meetings.

Agenda

Sunday, May 3rd
Session Title
Registration Open
Time Start
03:00 pm
Time End
07:00 pm
Session Title
Legal Legislative Committee Meeting
Time Start
03:30 pm
Time End
05:00 pm
Session Title
Welcome Reception
Time Start
05:30 pm
Time End
06:30 pm
Session Title
Speakers’ Networking Event (by invitation only)
Time Start
07:00 pm
Time End
09:30 pm
Session Title
Optional Monuments by Moonlight Bus Tour (Bus will pick up at the Grand Hyatt Washington Hotel.)
Time Start
07:15 pm
Time End
07:15 pm
Monday, May 4th
Session Title
Registration Open
Time Start
08:00 am
Time End
06:00 pm
Session Title
Continental Breakfast
Time Start
08:00 am
Time End
09:00 am
Session Title
Welcome & General Session
Time Start
08:30 am
Time End
10:15 am
Session Title
Refreshment Break
Time Start
10:15 am
Time End
10:30 am
Session Title
Round #1 - Concurrent Sessions
Session Summary
  1. An A to Z Update on the Arbitration of International Franchise Disputes – What’s New!
  2. Drafting Trends - What's New in Franchise Agreements?
  3. Franchise Securitization Financing
  4. Franchise Associations: Combative or Collaborative? A Practical Guide to How (And Why) Franchisees Organize into Associations and How Franchisors Can Work with Them (Ethics Course)
  5. Money Can’t Buy You Happiness:  Injunctive Relief and Other Extraordinary Remedies 
  6. Protecting Your System’s Reputation in the “Fake News Era”
  7. Basics Track: Registration & Disclosure                
Time Start
10:30 am
Time End
11:45 am
Session Title
Boxed Luncheon & Roundtables
Time Start
12:00 pm
Time End
01:30 pm
Session Title
Round #2 - Concurrent Sessions
Session Summary
  1. Conspiracy Theories: Establishing Third Party Liability in Franchise Litigation
  2. Franchise Legal Tech: The Next Frontier
  3. Franchise Regulator Panel: Common Registration and Disclosure Issues
  4. Protection, Policing and Enforcement of Trademark Rights Globally
  5. Franchising and Private Equity
  6. The Big Lie: Good Faith & Fair Dealing and Does “Sole and Absolute Discretion” Mean What It Says?

Basics Track: Handling Defaults and Terminations

Time Start
01:45 pm
Time End
03:00 pm
Session Title
Refreshment Break
Time Start
03:00 pm
Time End
03:30 pm
Session Title
Round #3 - Concurrent Sessions
Session Summary
  1. Food for Thought: Preparing Your System for the World of Third-Party Delivery Services
  2. Franchise Regulator Panel: Common Registration and Disclosure Issues
  3. Item 19 in 2020 – FPRs in the New Decade
  4. Protecting Your System’s Reputation in the “Fake News Era”
  5. “She’s Just Not That into You”: Strategies and Practical Issues in Terminating and Transitioning Ownership of Poor Performing Locations
  6. Unique and Challenging FranchisingIssues in International Markets
  7. Basics Track: Mergers & Acquisitions      
Time Start
03:30 pm
Time End
04:45 pm
Session Title
Networking Reception
Time Start
05:00 pm
Time End
06:30 pm
Tuesday, May 5th
Session Title
Registration Open
Time Start
08:00 am
Time End
04:15 pm
Session Title
Continental Breakfast
Time Start
08:00 am
Time End
09:00 am
Session Title
General Session w/ Judicial Update
Time Start
08:30 am
Time End
10:00 am
Session Title
Refreshment Break
Time Start
10:00 am
Time End
10:15 am
Session Title
Round #4 - Concurrent Sessions
Session Summary
  1. An A to Z Update on the Arbitration of International Franchise Disputes – What’s New!
  2. Franchise Legal Tech: The Next Frontier
  3. Item 19 in 2020 – FPRs in the New Decade
  4. Privacy Law Compliance: Best Practices and Tips for Data Mapping and Consumer Requests
  5. The Big Lie: Good Faith & Fair Dealing and Does “Sole and Absolute Discretion” Mean What It Says?
  6. Basics Track: Trademarks & IP   
Time Start
10:15 am
Time End
11:30 am
Session Title
Networking Luncheon w/IFA Gov’t Relations Update
Time Start
11:45 am
Time End
01:15 pm
Session Title
Round #5 - Concurrent Sessions
Session Summary
  1. Drafting Trends - What's New in Franchise Agreements?
  2. Franchise Associations: Combative or Collaborative? A Practical Guide to How (And Why) Franchisees Organize into Associations and How Franchisors Can Work with Them (Ethics Course)
  3. Food for Thought: Preparing Your System for the World of Third-Party Delivery Services
  4. Money Can’t Buy You Happiness: Injunctive Relief and other Extraordinary Remedies
  5. Unique and Challenging FranchisingIssues in International Markets

Basics Track: Franchise Litigation

Time Start
01:30 pm
Time End
02:45 pm
Session Title
Refreshment Break
Time Start
02:45 pm
Time End
03:00 pm
Session Title
Round #6 - Concurrent Sessions
Session Summary
  1. Conspiracy Theories: Establishing Third Party Liability in Franchise Litigation
  2. Privacy Law Compliance: Best Practices and Tips for Data Mapping and Consumer Requests
  3. Protection, Policing, and Enforcement of Trademark Rights Globally
  4. “She’s Just Not That into You”: Strategies and Practical Issues in Terminating and Transitioning Ownership of Poor Performing Locations
  5. Basics Track: International          
Time Start
03:00 pm
Time End
04:15 pm
Session Title
Legal Symposium Official Adjournment
Time Start
04:15 pm
Sunday, May 3rd
Session Title
Registration Open
Time Start
03:00 pm
Time End
07:00 pm
Session Title
Legal Legislative Committee Meeting
Time Start
03:30 pm
Time End
05:00 pm
Session Title
Welcome Reception
Time Start
05:30 pm
Time End
06:30 pm
Session Title
Speakers’ Networking Event (by invitation only)
Time Start
07:00 pm
Time End
09:30 pm
Session Title
Optional Monuments by Moonlight Bus Tour (Bus will pick up at the Grand Hyatt Washington Hotel.)
Time Start
07:15 pm
Time End
07:15 pm
Monday, May 4th
Session Title
Registration Open
Time Start
08:00 am
Time End
06:00 pm
Session Title
Continental Breakfast
Time Start
08:00 am
Time End
09:00 am
Session Title
Welcome & General Session
Time Start
08:30 am
Time End
10:15 am
Session Title
Refreshment Break
Time Start
10:15 am
Time End
10:30 am
Session Title
Round #1 - Concurrent Sessions
Session Summary
  1. An A to Z Update on the Arbitration of International Franchise Disputes – What’s New!
  2. Drafting Trends - What's New in Franchise Agreements?
  3. Franchise Securitization Financing
  4. Franchise Associations: Combative or Collaborative? A Practical Guide to How (And Why) Franchisees Organize into Associations and How Franchisors Can Work with Them (Ethics Course)
  5. Money Can’t Buy You Happiness:  Injunctive Relief and Other Extraordinary Remedies 
  6. Protecting Your System’s Reputation in the “Fake News Era”
  7. Basics Track: Registration & Disclosure                
Time Start
10:30 am
Time End
11:45 am
Session Title
Boxed Luncheon & Roundtables
Time Start
12:00 pm
Time End
01:30 pm
Session Title
Round #2 - Concurrent Sessions
Session Summary
  1. Conspiracy Theories: Establishing Third Party Liability in Franchise Litigation
  2. Franchise Legal Tech: The Next Frontier
  3. Franchise Regulator Panel: Common Registration and Disclosure Issues
  4. Protection, Policing and Enforcement of Trademark Rights Globally
  5. Franchising and Private Equity
  6. The Big Lie: Good Faith & Fair Dealing and Does “Sole and Absolute Discretion” Mean What It Says?

Basics Track: Handling Defaults and Terminations

Time Start
01:45 pm
Time End
03:00 pm
Session Title
Refreshment Break
Time Start
03:00 pm
Time End
03:30 pm
Session Title
Round #3 - Concurrent Sessions
Session Summary
  1. Food for Thought: Preparing Your System for the World of Third-Party Delivery Services
  2. Franchise Regulator Panel: Common Registration and Disclosure Issues
  3. Item 19 in 2020 – FPRs in the New Decade
  4. Protecting Your System’s Reputation in the “Fake News Era”
  5. “She’s Just Not That into You”: Strategies and Practical Issues in Terminating and Transitioning Ownership of Poor Performing Locations
  6. Unique and Challenging FranchisingIssues in International Markets
  7. Basics Track: Mergers & Acquisitions      
Time Start
03:30 pm
Time End
04:45 pm
Session Title
Networking Reception
Time Start
05:00 pm
Time End
06:30 pm
Tuesday, May 5th
Session Title
Registration Open
Time Start
08:00 am
Time End
04:15 pm
Session Title
Continental Breakfast
Time Start
08:00 am
Time End
09:00 am
Session Title
General Session w/ Judicial Update
Time Start
08:30 am
Time End
10:00 am
Session Title
Refreshment Break
Time Start
10:00 am
Time End
10:15 am
Session Title
Round #4 - Concurrent Sessions
Session Summary
  1. An A to Z Update on the Arbitration of International Franchise Disputes – What’s New!
  2. Franchise Legal Tech: The Next Frontier
  3. Item 19 in 2020 – FPRs in the New Decade
  4. Privacy Law Compliance: Best Practices and Tips for Data Mapping and Consumer Requests
  5. The Big Lie: Good Faith & Fair Dealing and Does “Sole and Absolute Discretion” Mean What It Says?
  6. Basics Track: Trademarks & IP   
Time Start
10:15 am
Time End
11:30 am
Session Title
Networking Luncheon w/IFA Gov’t Relations Update
Time Start
11:45 am
Time End
01:15 pm
Session Title
Round #5 - Concurrent Sessions
Session Summary
  1. Drafting Trends - What's New in Franchise Agreements?
  2. Franchise Associations: Combative or Collaborative? A Practical Guide to How (And Why) Franchisees Organize into Associations and How Franchisors Can Work with Them (Ethics Course)
  3. Food for Thought: Preparing Your System for the World of Third-Party Delivery Services
  4. Money Can’t Buy You Happiness: Injunctive Relief and other Extraordinary Remedies
  5. Unique and Challenging FranchisingIssues in International Markets

Basics Track: Franchise Litigation

Time Start
01:30 pm
Time End
02:45 pm
Session Title
Refreshment Break
Time Start
02:45 pm
Time End
03:00 pm
Session Title
Round #6 - Concurrent Sessions
Session Summary
  1. Conspiracy Theories: Establishing Third Party Liability in Franchise Litigation
  2. Privacy Law Compliance: Best Practices and Tips for Data Mapping and Consumer Requests
  3. Protection, Policing, and Enforcement of Trademark Rights Globally
  4. “She’s Just Not That into You”: Strategies and Practical Issues in Terminating and Transitioning Ownership of Poor Performing Locations
  5. Basics Track: International          
Time Start
03:00 pm
Time End
04:15 pm
Session Title
Legal Symposium Official Adjournment
Time Start
04:15 pm

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