Tom focuses on franchising, distribution and brand development, particularly the representation of emerging growth to middle market franchisors and distributors, as well as mergers and acquisitions and other corporate and financing transactions. He regularly counsels both U.S. and international franchisors and distributors on a wide variety of matters, including:

  • Development and implementation of growth, monetization and exit strategies
  • Compliance with federal and state regulations
  • Commercial real estate matters
  • Development and protection of national and international brands and intellectual property including trademark portfolios and copyright matters
  • Employment law issues
  • Negotiation, documentation and enforcement of franchise agreements

Prior to founding the Kent Franchise Law Group, Tom was Co-Chair of Fox Rothschild’s Franchising, Licensing and Distribution Practice. Earlier in his career, he served as in-house counsel with Cottman Transmission Systems LLC, where he became Director of Center Development before entering private practice.

Representative Matters

  • Represented a private equity company in a $150,000,000 acquisition of two franchise brands consisting of approximately 700 franchise locations
  • Represented a distributor in the sale of 30 retail locations to a private equity company for approximately $20,000,000 (transaction terminated)
  • Successfully defended a franchisor in a trademark infringement claim brought by a competing franchise system
  • Franchised a restaurant concept with approximately 20 locations in order to expand the brand nationally
  • Conducted a privacy policy audit for a franchise system of approximately 250 units
  • Represented a private equity company in the sale of two national franchise brands consisting of approximately 750 QSR locations
  • Represented a national beverage distributor in licensing of various trademarks and products
  • Represented a medical device manufacturer and distributor in a joint venture with an international manufacturer to increase manufacturing capacity and enter new markets
  • Converted a license-based system to a franchise system resulting in improved profitability and operations
  • Represented an area developer in the negotiation of a 150-unit development agreement
  • Represented a private equity company in the acquisition of a mature national franchise brand
  • Represented a U.S. franchise brand of approximately 700 units in its expansion into the United Kingdom
  • Represented a U.S. franchise brand of approximately 100 units in its expansion into Mexico
  • Represented a distributor of engineered products in its expansion into Malaysia
  • Represented the parent company of six U.S. franchise brands of approximately 1,000 units in its expansion into Canada
  • Represented clients to prosecute and secure trademark registrations in South Korea, Malaysia, United Kingdom, Mexico, Canada, the European Union and Australia
  • International Franchise Association
  • Archbishop John Carroll High School, Board Member
  • Business Leaders Organized for Catholic Schools (BLOCS), past Board Member
  • Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association

Education

  • Widener University School of Law, J.D.
  • Villanova University, B.A.

 

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
Thomas Kent
Practice
  • Corporate, Finance and Capital Markets
Education
  • Widener University School of Law
Thomas J. Kent, Jr.
  • Shareholder
  • Email: thomas.kent@kentfranchiselaw.com
  • Valley Forge
  • Phone: 484.751.4271
  • Fax: 610.371.8587

Tom focuses on franchising, distribution and brand development, particularly the representation of emerging growth to middle market franchisors and distributors, as well as mergers and acquisitions and other corporate and financing transactions. He regularly counsels both U.S. and international franchisors and distributors on a wide variety of matters, including:

  • Development and implementation of growth, monetization and exit strategies
  • Compliance with federal and state regulations
  • Commercial real estate matters
  • Development and protection of national and international brands and intellectual property including trademark portfolios and copyright matters
  • Employment law issues
  • Negotiation, documentation and enforcement of franchise agreements

Prior to founding the Kent Franchise Law Group, Tom was Co-Chair of Fox Rothschild’s Franchising, Licensing and Distribution Practice. Earlier in his career, he served as in-house counsel with Cottman Transmission Systems LLC, where he became Director of Center Development before entering private practice.

Representative Matters

  • Represented a private equity company in a $150,000,000 acquisition of two franchise brands consisting of approximately 700 franchise locations
  • Represented a distributor in the sale of 30 retail locations to a private equity company for approximately $20,000,000 (transaction terminated)
  • Successfully defended a franchisor in a trademark infringement claim brought by a competing franchise system
  • Franchised a restaurant concept with approximately 20 locations in order to expand the brand nationally
  • Conducted a privacy policy audit for a franchise system of approximately 250 units
  • Represented a private equity company in the sale of two national franchise brands consisting of approximately 750 QSR locations
  • Represented a national beverage distributor in licensing of various trademarks and products
  • Represented a medical device manufacturer and distributor in a joint venture with an international manufacturer to increase manufacturing capacity and enter new markets
  • Converted a license-based system to a franchise system resulting in improved profitability and operations
  • Represented an area developer in the negotiation of a 150-unit development agreement
  • Represented a private equity company in the acquisition of a mature national franchise brand
  • Represented a U.S. franchise brand of approximately 700 units in its expansion into the United Kingdom
  • Represented a U.S. franchise brand of approximately 100 units in its expansion into Mexico
  • Represented a distributor of engineered products in its expansion into Malaysia
  • Represented the parent company of six U.S. franchise brands of approximately 1,000 units in its expansion into Canada
  • Represented clients to prosecute and secure trademark registrations in South Korea, Malaysia, United Kingdom, Mexico, Canada, the European Union and Australia
  • International Franchise Association
  • Archbishop John Carroll High School, Board Member
  • Business Leaders Organized for Catholic Schools (BLOCS), past Board Member
  • Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association

Education

  • Widener University School of Law, J.D.
  • Villanova University, B.A.

 

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
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