If you decide to take on a franchise then you will need some advice on corporate structure. Most franchisees will operate as a limited company and it may be necessary to establish a new limited company as the corporate vehicle through which to operate the franchise.
We can advise you in relation to your corporate structure. If you are setting up a new limited company, then we have a competitive formation service and we could deal with all aspects of your company formation, ensuring that all legal and
administrative requirements in relation to the establishment of the new company are satisfied.
If you already have a limited company or companies operating several franchises then we can also look at your existing corporate structure to ensure that it is set up with suitable protections and safeguards.
It may be appropriate to consider putting a shareholders agreement into place to provide certain protections to the shareholders and to the company vehicle itself. Succession planning issues can also be dealt with in such a document.
We would recommend that you also take accountancy advice in relation to your corporate structure and we would work closely with your accountancy advisors in implementing a structure which also works for your business from a tax planning perspective.