Philippine Franchise Lawyers

Franchising in the Philippines

Generally, a franchise essentially means the grant of a right. In business format franchising, the right is usually granted by an entrepreneur or private person. The subject matter of a franchise agreement is the business format being franchised. It is the right to use the concept, the franchisor’s manner and system of doing business, his trademarks, trade and industrial secrets such as the recipe to a secret menu, a special ingredient in a formulation, a precise manner of conducting affairs, and other proprietary know-how. Examples of business format franchising are franchises of Jollibee, Master Siomai Foodcart, Fresh salon parlor, etc.



Whether you are a franchisor who wants to share his business format with other entrepreneurs or a franchisee who wants to learn how to use the business format of another in the Philippines, the Franchise Agreement is the bible of the rights and obligations of the parties. Thus, it is important to secure expert legal advice from Philippine lawyers or attorneys who are experts in franchising. As a guideline or reference on what the Franchise Agreement should contain, please click any of the links below. You may also go to our website

Trademark your Brand


If you wish to franchise your business, you must ensure that your brand or trademark is duly protected. This is done by filing a trademark application with the Philippine Intellectual Property Office. Read our FAQs on trademarks to learn more.

Philippine Franchise Lawyers

The lawyers of Nicolas & De Vega Law Offices are noted experts, columnists and commentators in the field of franchising in the Philippines. Visit our website to learn more about our team of lawyers, experts and paralegals.

Atty. Norieva Nikki D. de Vega – Philippine Franchise Lawyer

Atty. Nikki de Vega is the Managing Partner of the Firm. She obtained her Juris Doctor degree in Law from the Ateneo de Manila University School of Law where she graduated Class Salutatorian . She also received the Silver Medal Second Honors award. Moreover, she was bestowed the Silver Medal for Academic Excellence for her achievements in the field of academics. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from the University of the Philippines in Diliman.

Atty. De Vega is a law professor at the Far Eastern University Institute of Law where she teaches Constitutional Law Review to graduating law students. In addition to teaching, Atty. De Vega is also a radio broadcaster and hosts a radio show entitled "Ang Buhay at Batas", a lifestyle and legal radio show aired every Tuesday from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at DZRJ 810 AM. She was also a columnist at a franchising magazine entitled FranchisingPH.

A duly registered resident representative accredited by the Philippine Intellectual Property Office, Atty. de Vega primarily practices intellectual property law, including licensing and technology transfer agreements and the prosecution and maintenance of trademarks, copyrights, patents, utility models, industrial designs. She also specializes in all areas of local and international taxation, election law, competition and antitrust law and entertainment law. She has extensive experience in litigation, particularly in the fields of tax law, family law, intellectual property litigation and enforcement actions. 

Atty. Krisanto Karlo Nicolas – Philippine Franchise Lawyer

Atty. Nicolas is one of the Founding Partners of the Firm. He obtained his Juris Doctor degree in Law from the Ateneo de Manila University School of Law, where he graduated With Honors and was awarded the Silver Medal Second Honors award. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from the University of the Philippines in Diliman.

Atty. Nicolas was a columnist and legal adviser for the magazine Franchise Today and Builders Today. Furthermore, he also hosts the radio show Ang Buhay at Batas aired at DZRJ 810AM every Tuesday 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Before forming the firm, Atty. Nicolas was connected with Sycip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan Law Offices, where he practiced Litigation, Labor and Employment Law, Corporate Law and Corporate Services, and Intellectual Property Law.

Atty. Nicolas specializes in corporate law and commercial litigation and arbitration, franchise law, immigration and citizenship law, labor and employment law and commercial litigation and arbitration, and admiralty and maritime law. He is an experienced litigator, having handled countless civil, criminal and administrative cases before various courts and quasi-judicial tribunals in the country. 

Contact Us

If you have further inquiries on franchising in the Philippines, you may visit Nicolas & De Vega Law Offices at 16th Flr., Suite 1607 AIC Burgundy Empire Tower, ADB Ave., Ortigas Center, Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines. You can also call us at the following numbers to schedule a legal consultation:
+632 4706126
+632 4706130
+632 4016392
+632 5466126 

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