Sarah A. Walters

Senior Counsel, Corporate
Dallas
2021 McKinney Avenue
Suite 1600
Dallas, Texas 75201
t 214.999.4721 f 214.999.3721
swalters@gardere.com

Sarah Walters is a member of the Firm's corporate team and global supply network industry team. She counsels national and global clients on a broad spectrum of commercial transactions, including supply chain management (research and development, procurement, logistics, distribution, corporate and social responsibility and social compliance and cooperatives), transportation (managed transportation, freight forwarding), technology, licensing and business process outsourcing.            

Sarah also advises both emerging and mature companies on planning, structuring and implementing national and international franchise, distribution and licensing programs, including assessing the applicability of federal and state franchise and business opportunity laws, preparing and negotiating franchise agreements and multi-unit development agreements, ancillary agreements and regulatory compliance, including the preparation of franchise disclosure documents and securing registration and franchise offerings within and outside the United States. Sarah also assists franchise companies in establishing non-traditional franchise programs and advises on franchisor/franchisee relationship matters, franchise workouts and resale programs and dispute resolution. 

Sarah’s international experience as a franchise attorney and with commercial transactions includes Bahrain, Brazil, Canada, the Caribbean Islands, Chile, China, Denmark, Egypt, England, France, Iceland, India, Kuwait, Mexico, Oman, Poland, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia and South Korea.

In addition to prior law firm experience, Sarah served as general counsel of a national franchisor, where she was responsible for the company's franchise transactions, regulatory and corporate governance matters, and supply and distribution transactions, in which she negotiated and drafted a wide range of commercial and supply chain contracts. In addition, Sarah also managed a variety of acquisitions, franchise disputes, and litigation.

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