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Kevin E. Maher

Kevin Maher has a broad-based business-transactional practice focusing on complex cross-border corporate and commercial contract matters, with a heavy emphasis on global brand expansion and international business growth via franchising, licensing, joint ventures and direct investment. His broad experience extends to multi-party cross-border joint venture transactions, international franchise, master franchise and development transactions, licensing and distribution transactions, international mergers and acquisitions, international regulatory compliance, IP and tax structuring, multi-jurisdictional corporate reorganizations, international corporate formation and maintenance and international real estate and finance. Kevin has been listed in Chambers USA as a leading franchise lawyer and was praised by clients as "a deal maker who is highly responsive and resourceful." Kevin is also a regular speaker and writer on topics dealing with international franchising and international joint ventures. Kevin is currently a board member of the ABA Forum on Franchising's International Division. Kevin has been named a Leading Lawyer in Franchising by Who’s Who Legal and a Franchise Times Legal Eagle.

On 10 May 2022, following a lengthy review and public comment period that began in October 2018, the European Commission adopted the new Vertical Block Exemption Regulation (VBER) accompanied by new Vertical Guidelines. The new VBER and Guidelines will come into force on 1 June 2022.