KNOWLEDGE = POWER: Don't miss your chance to learn from experts at the IFA Legal Symposium, May 6-8 in Washington, D.C.

Author:Gilbert, Jan

This year's IFA Legal Symposium promises numerous opportunities for your professional growth and development, occasions for establishing and rekindling personal connections, and--hopefully--a bit of time to enjoy the exuberant culture of Washington, D.C., the city that I call home.

Legal Symposium Task Force members, together with IFA staff, have assembled a robust agenda for this year's conference. Presenters from diverse professional backgrounds will address a wide array of legal topics, and we invite you to join the engaging discussions.

Slated areas of interest include business issues, intellectual property, international development, ethics, litigation, registration and disclosure, franchise relationships, transactions, as well as the tried-and-true "basics track" topics, all reinvigorated with fresh and current material. This year's symposium will be an excellent forum for addressing and tackling some of the most challenging issues in the franchising world today in a collaborative, collegial environment. Find out more at We look forward to seeing you there!


Extend your stay in Washington D.C. for the International Bar Association/IFA Joint Conference, which has a theme "A New Era in International Franchising." It's perfect for franchises considering international expansion in 2018 or 2019. The IBA's Franchise Committee has worked with IFA to put together a program covering the full spectrum of international franchise law. Don't miss the Intensive International Session on May 8, which serves as a bridge between the two events. Attending the IBA/IFA Joint Conference qualifies you for additional CLE and ICFE credits, so be sure to register separately for this event at www.franchise. org/ibaifa-joint-conference3.

By Jan Gilbert

Jon Gilbert is the Legal Symposium Task Force Chair for 2018 and a Principal with Gray Plant Mooty. Find out more about at www. franchise, org/gray-plant-mooty-supplier.

Who Should Attend?

* All attorneys interested in franchise law

* In-house counsel

* Franchise CEOs

* Franchise development and sales executives

* Franchise legal and compliance officers

* Paralegals

* Franchise administrators

* Franchisees interested in learning more about the legal and business aspects of franchising

* All others concerned with franchising's legal, regulatory and business issues


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