After leaving the FTC, Mr. Amberly began advising franchisors on a variety of topics, including trademark protection, antitrust advice, drafting the initial franchise documents, and reviewing the marketing materials of a sophisticated and established franchisor. Mr. Amberly has counseled over 25 franchisors during the past few years. These franchisors have covered a number of service areas, including restaurants, maid services, retail candy stores, and building inspection services.
Mr. Amberly also works with several different franchise consultants to assist successful businesses who want to develop their business into a franchise operation. In counseling these "start-up" franchisors, he has drafted all of the relevant and required franchise documents-including the Uniform Franchise Offering Circular ("UFOC"), Franchise Agreement, promissory notes, confidentiality agreements, operating agreements, and other relevant contracts and documents necessary to operate a legally sound franchise.
Recently, Vince has counseled several franchisees about their rights under the FTC's Franchise Rule and the various state franchise statutes, including obtaining rescission and damages where a franchisor has failed to provide a UFOC to prospective franchisees.