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Lathrop GPM LLP

Representing franchisors across the nation and around the globe, Lathrop GPM LLP has one of the top franchise and distribution law practices in the world. Our lawyers provide unsurpassed legal service in every facet of international and domestic franchising — registration and compliance, M&A, litigation, and system development. Partner with us to shape the future!

Minneapolis, MN
United States

Primary Services
Dispute Resolution
International Development Consultants

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Lathrop GPM’s Franchise and Distribution Practice

Lathrop GPM is a leading corporate law firm with one of the top franchise and distribution teams in the world.

A world leader in franchise and distribution legal services, Lathrop GPM attorneys counsel clients ranging from startup and emerging companies to established franchisors.

The initial steps in franchising are critical. Lathrop GPM attorneys help companies and business owners begin the franchise journey as well informed decision makers — from planning and structuring to brand protection.

Once franchise systems begin to mature, they face new challenges. Lathrop GPM attorneys partner with executives to proactively identify and address these challenges to maintain strong franchisor-franchisee relationships and limit disruption in franchise growth.

Operating a mature franchise system presents complex issues, and Lathrop GPM’s multi-disciplinary teams are uniquely suited to assist established franchisors with expansion, system changes, financing, mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations, debt restructuring, bankruptcy, and litigation and dispute resolution. Whatever the situation, experienced and insightful legal support is crucial.

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The rewards of expanding are great and so are the risks. Lathrop GPM helps franchisors go where they want to — whether that means expanding domestically or internationally. Lathrop GPM assists with foreign disclosure laws, international franchise and distribution agreements, sales contracts, licensing agreements and joint venture documents.

The firm’s approach is full-service and driven by client objectives. Lathrop GPM recognizes that every step, from the initial concept through growth and expansion, directly impacts a franchisor's future profits.

Lathrop GPM attorneys understand franchisor-franchisee relationships, and the importance they have in maintaining the integrity of a franchise system. From startups to industry giants, franchisors turn to Lathrop GPM at every stage of their business. Reach us via

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