Franchising is one of the fastest and most risk-free ways to expand a business without diluting the ownership. Our client base ranges from start-up franchisors and franchisees to multinational companies.

The UAE has been a strong market for all kinds of franchises over the years. Horizons & Co are proud to have been involved in many of these successes. We represent leading international franchisors, franchisees, area developers and companies acquiring franchisee systems. Our team assist companies in establishing distributing and licencing systems that are not franchises, as well as providing advice to businesses which may inadvertently fall within the scope of franchise law.

Being a local law firm, working our way from the ground up, we appreciate the passion and drive our clients have towards the expansion of their business. We advise and assist; foreign franchisors launching operations in the UAE; UAE firms expanding by establishing new franchise businesses or acquiring existing franchises and entrepreneurs in the purchase or sale of franchises.

Our team work with the client on drafting contracts and the franchise agreement ensuring the risk of dispute is minimal. Should a dispute arise, we have dedicated litigation and arbitration teams who are adept at commercial disputes.

Our team offer advice in various sectors including; food and beverage, hospitality and healthcare.

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Incorporations and Formations

We routinely provide professional and tailor-made advice to clients on such matters, and assist in setting up companies incorporated in all seven emirates.

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We work across a wide range of industries assisting clients in devising and implementing risk management strategies, and providing advice and representation in regular and subrogated claims.

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Intellectual Property

As one of the leading Intellectual Property (IP) advisors in the region, we advise our clients on how best to protect their IP interests when it comes to their products, services and inventions.

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Mergers & Acquisitions

Our expertise cover cross border and national mergers, demergers, acquisitions and disposals, as well as a full serviced corporate department advising on all areas of commercial transactions.

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Private Equity

Our private equity practice is recognised as having financially proficient lawyers with the expertise to understand the complexities of private equity, and meet the demands of competitive private equity institutions.

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We provide a rounded tax service which includes advice on; value added tax (VAT), mergers & acquisitions tax, inbound tax and tax risk management.

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