Ritchie W. Taylor - Manning Fulton & Skinner, P.A.

Ritchie W. Taylor

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2011
Phone: 919-510-9270

Ritchie Taylor has been a member of Manning Fulton’s corporate practice group for 16 years. Ritchie’s clients appreciate his results oriented approach to the practice of law where he helps clients navigate the legal requirements to achieve their objectives.

Ritchie serves as general counsel to numerous emerging and middle market businesses including franchise/distribution, restaurant, hospitality, retail, business services, and software companies. As such, he helps direct each client’s legal strategy to accomplish the client’s short and long-term business objectives. Ritchie’s business practice includes routinely advising management teams and boards of directors on sensitive corporate law matters as well as transaction structure and negotiations.

Ritchie has served as the member of deal teams conducting merger, acquisition, and joint venture transactions in almost all 50 states and internationally.

Additionally, Ritchie leads ​his firm’s franchise practice and is one the thought leaders in franchising in the Carolinas and nationwide. He serves as the primary franchise counsel to ​over two dozen franchise systems and dealer networks. Ritchie routinely works with franchisees in evaluating and negotiating franchise disclosure documents.

A CFE, himself, Ritchie serves on the Board of Governors of the Institute of Certified Franchise Executive, which is the governing body for the CFE program and develops training programs for franchise executives. He serves on the International Franchise Association's Supplier Forum Board where he helps the franchise trade association advance its agenda to enhance and protect franchising.

 He is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association Business Law Section Council and is the founding chair of the North Carolina Bar Association Committee on Franchising. The Best Lawyers in America©, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, selected Ritchie as the first North Carolina attorney included for franchise law.

As a community leader, Ritchie’s community involvement includes service on the Board of Directors of the Occoneechee Council BSA as well as various leadership positions with his church.

Additional Information

Certified Franchise Executive Designation — Ritchie was one of the first in the county and the first North Carolina attorney to ever be awarded the Certified Franchise Executive designation by the Institute of Certified Franchise Executives.
Brigham Young UniversityJ.D. 1999
Institute of Certified Franchise ExecutivesInternational Franchise Association Supplier Forum BoardNorth Carolina Bar Association

Case History

Business Law
  • Serves as US legal counsel to privately held foreign corporations based in Canada and Europe
  • Advises clients on structuring and negotiating domestic and international joint venture transactions
  • Lead counsel to Canadian company in establishing global footprint through complex joint venture transaction
  • Represents both issuers and investors in venture capital transactions and private placement securities offerings
  • Represented client in establishing a $50 million private equity fund focused on commercial real estate investment
  • Represented clients in a variety of international business transactions
  • Represents new businesses in selecting the correct business entity and in forming corporations, limited partnerships, limited liability partnerships and limited liability companies
Franchise Law
  • Serves as legal counsel to over two dozen franchise systems and dealer networks with domestic and international locations
  • Represents clients in the development and structuring of franchise systems and in the preparation and renewal of franchise disclosure documents, franchise agreements, area development agreements, and master franchise agreements
  • Represents franchisors and franchisees in structuring international franchise arrangements
  • Represents buyers and sellers in acquisition of franchisors, including franchise compliance due diligence
  • Represents franchisors in state enforcement actions
  • Routinely represents prospective franchisees in acquiring the rights to develop a franchise location as well as the sale or purchase of existing franchise locations
  • Works with the firm’s litigation attorneys in resolving franchise disputes
  • Assists franchisors in using the Internet to enhance their franchise systems
  • Counsels franchisors on establishing state franchise advertising compliance programs
Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Key member of acquisition team representing buyers and sellers in merger and acquisition transactions with individual transaction values exceeding $300,000,000
  • Advises clients engaging in tax-free spin-offs, divestitures, and reorganizations of business units
  • Represented managed hosting company in a $140 million sale to a private equity company
  • Lead counsel in sale of pharmaceutical service company for $56 million in leveraged buyout transaction
  • Lead counsel to European company in purchase of private label manufacturing company with production facilities in Honduras and Nicaragua
  • Lead counsel to European company acquiring US-based consumer goods company for $50 million
  • Lead counsel to European company in divestiture of brands to purchasers based in United States and United Kingdom
  • Lead counsel to franchisor in sale to private equity fund
  • Represented client in corporate reorganization requiring mergers of over 1,000 corporations incorporated throughout the United States
  • Served as lead counsel to Fleet Feet Sports in its acquisition by Investor's Management Corporation, which deal was recognized by Franchise Times as one of the top 10 franchise M&A transactions in 2012. 
Product Distribution and Licensing Law
  • Represents clients in intellectual property licensing and technology transfer transactions
  • Represents clients in structuring domestic and international product distribution agreements
  • Recently represented durable products company in negotiating exclusive licensing arrangement with Ralph Lauren
  • Outside counsel to software company in licensing software to Fortune 500 companies including Wal-Mart, Costco, GlaxoSmithKline, AT&T and Walgreens

Client Comments

"Ritchie Taylor offers help with all areas of a franchise business. Ritchie hosts meetings and seminars designed to build a business and avoid potential pitfalls. The support that Ritchie provides makes him a key player in my company's business plan and future development."

-Scott Capman
Big Cheese Pizza

Office Location

3605 Glenwood Avenue, Suite 500
P.O. Box 20389
Raleigh, NC 27619-0389
United States


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Practice Areas

Franchise Law

Other Information

Gender: Male