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Michael C. White

Michael C. White

Michael White was an experienced franchise lawyer with complementary expertise in commercial real estate and general transactional matters. He had 15 years of experience inside the quick service restaurant industry, serving in multiple roles as General Counsel for two national restaurant chains and Director of Franchise Administration for a third brand. Michael's practice concentrated in franchise (representing franchisees and franchisors), commercial real estate and general business/transactional matters.

Recent Assignments

  • Two (2) separate master lease restructure transactions for large national restaurant-industry franchisors involving a total of more than 200 units
  • $10 million membership interest sale for internet travel industry client
  • Successful mediation of franchise termination disputes for a large national restaurant-industry franchisor and, in a separate engagement, an oil-change industry franchisee
  • Brief and Reply Brief preparation in KFC Corp. v. Wagstaff Minnesota, Inc. (In re Wagstaff Minnesota, Inc.), 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 372 (D. Minn. January 3, 2012), reversing bankruptcy court decision in 175 unit franchisee filing
  • Drafted disclosure documentation and manage local counsel work for two (2) retail franchisors’ international expansion – Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Germany, Japan and UAE
  • Preparation, amendment and filing of complex, multiple Franchise Disclosure Documents for large retail franchisors (multiple separate engagements)
  • $85 million sale-leaseback restructure transaction for retail franchisor
  • Closing multiple asset sale transactions in support of of retail franchisor's real estate/unit divestiture program, supporting client's corporate strategy to become a 100% franchised system and generating in excess of $70 million cash

Recent News, Articles & Speaking Engagements

Before Stites & Harbison

Michael joined the firm after a combined 15 years service in the corporate legal departments of affiliated national restaurant chains that currently are under the common ownership of the world's largest restaurant company in terms of restaurant units. Michael served as General Counsel and Secretary and Executive Management Committee member of two national restaurant brands and Director of Franchise Administration for a third affiliated brand. Throughout his tenure as corporate counsel, Michael concentrated in domestic and international franchise transactions and trademark practice, as well as real estate and general business matters. Prior to moving in-house in the restaurant industry, Michael was a partner in one of Alabama's largest private law firms, where his practice concentrated in commercial real estate, secured transactions and transactional representation of regional healthcare providers and lending institutions.

More Than Stites & Harbison

Michael was past President and Chairman of the Board of Directors for the University of Kentucky Chapter of Phi Sigma Kappa Fraternity Alumni Association.