DESSANGE GROUP NORTH AMERICA, INC. Beverly, Massachusetts. General Counsel, Secretary and Director. Managed all transactional, M&A, regulatory and dispute resolution matters for Corporation and its 3 hair and beauty spa brands. Negotiated $15 Million debt re-structuring and corporate reorganization. Managed continued acquisition of Master Franchisees and to complete "roll-up" of three-tier franchise system. Successfully rolled out U.S. franchise program for 2 Upscale and Luxury European hair and beauty concepts.
FANTASTIC SAMS INTERNATIONAL, INC. Beverly, Massachusetts. General Counsel and Secretary. Managed in-house legal department, directed all transactional and dispute resolution matters and served on executive team to implement post-bankruptcy turn-around strategy. Completed debt re-financing and acquisition of 18 Master Franchisees resulting in increase in direct system control from 30% to over 50%. Successfully completed sale of Company to European Private Equity group.
AFC ENTERPRISES, INC. Atlanta, Georgia. Vice President, Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Secretary. Served as a member of the Executive Team of this 4,000+ unit, multi concept, international restaurant franchisor. Directed and managed 17 person in-house legal department. Managed $5 million-plus annual department budget. Represented company before federal and state regulatory agencies, industry forums and professional organizations. worldwide transactional, intellectual property and dispute resolution activities. Supervised six successful acquisitions exceeding $150 million, three system conversions and $350 million debt refinancing; Successfully completed 2001 Initial Public Offering.
RESTAURANT SYSTEMS, INC. Staten Island, New York. Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Director. Directed all legal, transactional, corporate finance, and M&A matters for industry leading Franchisor of frozen yogurt/healthful quick service restaurants. Initiated and developed their Franchise program.