Growing + Developing

More than your trusted legal partner, our firm aims to be a catalyst for the growth and development of your franchise. Whether you are a legacy franchisee, a family-owned business, a multi-unit operator, or a startup, we have tailored services to to grow your franchise beyond expectation.

Our Growing + Developing Services

Mergers & Acquisitions
From assessing potential opportunities and conduction due diligence to handling complex negotiations, addressing IP issues, executing complex negotiations, reviewing and contracts, we’ll guide you smoothly through the intricacies of the M&A process.
Real Estate Acquisition and Development
As your franchise expands we are there to minimize the many risks associated with property acquisition. Our team will adeptly assess the feasibility of target locations, guide you through zoning, land-use, and environment regulations, and negotiate agreements that protect and keep your business growing.
Build to Suit Leasing
An effective BTS arrangement can boost efficiency, profitability, provide stability, elevate the brand and customer experience. WCFL knows how to get these complex deals done right… The first time. We’ll walk you securely through zoning and permitting and ensure your agreements are rock solid, reflecting your unique design specifications, construction timelines, and budgets.
Ground Lease Store Development
Sometimes you need the great location without the headache and expense of owning the land it sits on. WCFL will negotiate the terms you needs and facilitate the development process to give you the flexibility and financial predictability you need to strategically position and boost your business.
Finance and Refinance
Financing agreements can open up opportunity for your franchise or they can hamper expansion and profitability. Our attorneys routinely and masterfully negotiate and structure financing and refinancing deals that contribute to critical financial strategies for business growth and sustainability.
Sale and Leaseback
Unlock capital by selling your land and building while retaining use of the property. From start to finish, our attorneys will work to protect your interests as we negotiate smart terms, draft sale and lease agreements, handle disputes, and structure the transaction to maximize the benefit of this critical financial strategy.
Outside General Counsel
Our attorneys work closely with each client and strive to know their businesses intimately. We are a trusted partner, operating as a seamless extension of our clients’ teams as we deliver proactive guidance and tailored, strategic solutions that move the needle for their businesses.

A Few of Our Growing + Developing Clients

In addition to providing the specialized guidance our clients need to launch and develop a thriving franchised business, we take a long-lens approach that considers their values, risk tolerance, exit strategies, and legacy goals. Our approach empowers each client to make strong business decisions that are growth-oriented and aligned with their ever-evolving vision.

West Coast Franchise Law represented us as we took our Wendy’s operation from 9 restaurants to over 40. Nate and his team helped us through several acquisitions, sell and leaseback numerous locations, refinancing three times, restructuring leases… and provided counsel to us along the way in different aspects of our business… They were a vital part of our growth, success, and exit, and we highly recommend them to any multi-unit franchisee.

Hans Sohlen & Mark Reed
Former Wendy’s franchisees

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Our attorneys specialize in franchise law and will guide you confidently through the legal intricacies of launching a franchised business. And as you grow, we’ll collaborate with you to navigate the complexities and nuances of operating on a larger scale. Wherever you are in your franchise journey, our firm will provide visionary counsel and help you establish the legal foundation you need to realize your business goals.

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