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Attorneys in Our Hospitality Law Group
Great chefs make their name in the kitchen but in today’s world they can leverage that name to become celebrated personalities in media, entertainment, business and philanthropy. Whether your ambition is to create a line of branded merchandise, publish books, appear on television or build a lifestyle brand, the lawyers in the Frankfurt Kurnit Hospitality Law Group can help.
Based in New York and Los Angeles, we have worked with celebrity chefs like Marcus Samuelsson and others on expanding their reach beyond the kitchen. We understand how to build brands and navigate the entertainment industry. Our lawyers work with the production companies behind many of the most-beloved cooking shows. Let Frankfurt Kurnit’s Hospitality Law Group help you leverage your reputation for excellent cooking into a household name.
We advise chefs, food personalities, restaurateurs, investors, hospitality management companies, fast casual restaurant brands and others on the deals that start businesses—and then take them to the next level. We advise on all aspects of their food-related ventures, from entity formation and fundraising to media and growth opportunities.
We help our clients:
Build the Right Management Team
We help celebrity chefs negotiate with top talent agents and managers, licensing and merchandising agents, and advertising, branding and public relations professionals.
Penetrate Different Media
We help celebrity chefs extend their unique brands into social media, film and television projects, books, music, video games, and other media.
Optimize Commercial Endorsement Opportunities
With decades of media, advertising, and entertainment experience, we help our clients secure the best deals for spokesperson, promotional tie-ins, and other endorsement opportunities.
Launch Apparel Lines and Other Products
We help our clients determine strategic business objectives and exploit licensing and merchandising opportunities in countless markets, including food, apparel, housewares, toys, video games, fashion accessories, and other goods and services.
Clear and Protect Trademarks
We assess the availability of and secure trademarks, names, designs, slogans, advertising, packaging, and marketing plans, and we file trademark applications and registrations in the U.S. and abroad.
We represent our clients by litigating trademark and copyright infringement, dilution, false advertising, and other cases when necessary.
Respond to “Cyber Crises”
We help clients research and register domain names and defend against cybersquatting, website attacks, data security breaches, and other cyberspace vulnerabilities.
Structure Mergers, Sales, and Other Transactions
We help our clients structure mergers, reorganizations, recapitalizations, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, and other business combinations and arrangements, and our Tax Group advises on the tax considerations of proposed transactions.
Negotiate and Structure Agreements
We help food and beverage industry clients with the full range of agreements—including real estate and equipment leases, operating agreements, partnership agreements, shareholder agreements, joint venture agreements, employment agreements, catering and event agreements, and more.
Pursue Philanthropic Goals
Our Charitable Organizations Group works with our celebrity clients to establish tax exempt foundations and assist them in pursuing their various philanthropic activities.