Kathryn B. Shipe
Franchise of Counsel

1100 Peachtree Street NE Suite 2800, Atlanta, GA USA 30309

Overview

Kitt has assisted dozens of companies in structuring, forming, launching, and growing successful franchise programs in numerous industries for over 20 years. Kitt routinely counsels franchise companies and private equity on the purchase and sale of franchise systems, and represents individual owners in the purchase and sale of existing businesses. In addition, she counsels clients on the purchase of franchise rights, assisting in the review of franchise disclosure documents, franchise agreements, development agreements, area representative agreements, and master rights agreements.

Prior to joining the firm, Kitt was a partner in a boutique franchise and business law firm based in Atlanta, Georgia where she was a founding partner. Her practice included franchising, mergers and acquisitions, commercial contracts, leasing and related transactional matters. Kitt started her career in law an associate at Kilpatrick Townsend in its Atlanta, Georgia office where she concentrated her practice on licensing and franchising, securities, and mergers and acquisitions. She has also served as in-house counsel, where she was responsible for all legal matters for several internationally known franchise brands.

Kitt is recognized by Franchise Times as a “Legal Eagle”.

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Experience

*Advised dozens of start-up franchisors regarding the formation and structuring of franchise systems and franchise programs.

*Assisted established franchise systems in day-to-day legal matters, including commercial contracts and international expansion.

*Advised clients in connection with the purchase and sale of franchise systems and franchise units, and the purchase and sale of equity stakes in franchise companies by private equity investors.

*Advised franchisors on state and federal franchise and business opportunities laws, including preparation of registration and exemption documents and responding to state franchise and business opportunities regulatory comments.

*Experience gained by attorney prior to joining Kilpatrick Townsend

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Education

University of North Carolina School of Law, J.D. (1996) with honors

University of North Carolina, B.A., East Asian Studies (1991) magna cum laude

Admissions

Georgia (1997)

Professional & Community Activities

Georgia Bar Association, Franchise and Distribution Section, Programming Committee, Member (2016)

American Bar Association, Forum on Franchising, Member (Current)

The Museum School of Avondale Estates
   The Museum School Foundation, Board Member and Legal Counsel (2013-2014)
   TMS Auction Procurement Committee, Chair (2016)

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