Eckhard Flohr is one of the heads of the franchise department of LADM Lawyers, supervising the offices in Düsseldorf (Germany) and Kitzbühel (Austria). His practice focuses on the national and international aspects of franchising, licensing and distribution, and trade agency contracts.

Prof Dr Flohr was admitted to the German Bar in 1976 and as a certified specialist in tax law in 1978. He is a member of the legal committee of the German Franchise Association and also a member of the Swiss and Bulgarian Franchise Associations, the European Franchise Lawyers’ Association, as well as the Canadian-German, Swiss‑German and Austrian‑German Lawyers’ Associations. He has been retained by the German federal Ministry of Labour and Economy as an expert on franchising.

Prof Dr Flohr has spoken and written extensively in German and English on franchising, including in books such as Der Franchise-Vertrag, Franchise-Recht, Masterfranchisevertrag, Handbuch des Vertriebsrechts, Formularbuch Vertragsrecht, Handbuch der EU-Gruppenfreistellungsverordnungen and Kommentar Vertriebsrecht. He is also counsel to a number of German, Austrian and international franchisors, start-up businesses and manufacturers.

Prof Dr Flohr has been a lecturer in company, distribution and private law at universities since 1992 and for international economic law at the Munich University of Applied Sciences. He was appointed to an honorary professorship at the Dortmund University of Applied Sciences in 2006. He is also a lecturer in national and international franchising law at Chemnitz University and in franchise and EU cartel law at the University of St Gallen in Switzerland. He speaks English and German. Prof Dr Flohr is also an ‘honour-member’ of the Bulgarian and German Franchise Associations.