Mark Abell is global head of Bird & Bird’s franchising, licensing and multichannel strategies team. He is based in London.

Over the past 34 years he has constantly advised a wide range of household names, particularly in the retail, food and beverage, education and healthcare sectors, on the development and implementation of their international expansion strategies and the corresponding re-engineering of their businesses.

Having written his doctoral thesis on ‘The Law and Regulation of Franchising in the EU’, Mr Abell has acted as an expert to the WIPO and WTO on franchising and is co-editor of the world’s leading legal periodical in his field of practice, the International Journal of Franchising Law.

Mr Abell is a member of the IBA Franchise Committee and the ABA Franchise Forum. He is a frequent speaker at both legal and commercial conferences around the world on franchising and multichannel strategies.

Mr Abell has published more than 500 articles in a wide variety of publications and journals. He is also the author of nine books, including European Franchising: Law and Practice in the European Community, The International Franchise Option, The Franchise Option: A Legal Guide, Franchising in India, Alternative Corporate Re-engineering and The Law and Regulation of Franchising in the EU. He is the co-author of the WIPO publication on franchising and currently edits the LexisNexis Encyclopaedia of Forms and Precedents volume on franchising, distribution and agency, a standard text of the UK legal profession. Mark is currently advising the Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection of the EU Parliament on potential new franchise legislation, and is the author of its recent report ‘Legal Perspective of the Regulatory Framework for Franchising in the EU’.