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Ireland Franchise Law Experts

Bill Holohan

Bill Holohan and Associates

franchise law expert Bill Holohan Solicitor has been a Committee Member of & legal advisor to the Irish Franchise Association, since the late 1980's, having been advising the industry for over 20 years. Described by the Sunday Business Post, (Ireland's leading weekly business newspaper), as a "groundbreaker" and as "innovative", they featured in 1995 him as one of the Top 40 Entrepreneurs / Senior Managers in the Country! In 2003 he was awarded the "Business Person of the Month Award", by Business News Magazine, and in 2004 was the lead speaker at the Chamber of Commerce "Business Support Showcase". "PWC Which Lawyer?", (an annual worldwide guide to lawyers published by Sweet and Maxwell & Price Waterhouse Coopers), has consistently described Bill Holohan over the past few years as one of "a handful of names with a solid reputation" and as being "highly recommended". As well as being a solicitor, he is also a Notary Public, a Trademark Agent / Registered EU Trademark Practitioner, a Chartered Arbitrator, and a director of 8 different companies.

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Jeanne Kelly

Mason Hayes + Curran

franchise law expert Jeanne Kelly has ten years experience in advising on the legal aspects of franchising. She is actively involved in the Irish Franchise Association and regularly attends and speaks at industry conferences on the subject both at home and abroad. Jeanne’s background as a commercial contract lawyer specialising in intellectual property matters, makes her ideally positioned as a franchise adviser, where IP is a key element of any franchise agreement. She serves on the events committee of the Irish Franchise Association.

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Ireland Franchise Finance Experts

Orna Stokes

Ulster Bank

franchise finance expert Orna is a qualified accountant and a Career Banker. She has many years experience of working with SMEs and franchises. Orna is the Head of Specialist Sectors of Ulster Bank Irl Limited and a particular expertise in franchising.

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Imelda Prendergast

OSK Small Business Support

franchise finance expert A qualified Chartered Tax Advisor, Imelda has over twenty years experience advising clients in both Ireland and the UK. Imelda has been a member of the Irish Franchise Association and has a great understanding of the issues affecting franchisors’ and franchisees. She has regularly presented to members on various financial topics related to this group. As head of OSK Small Business Support, Imelda advises small businesses across all sectors and understands the issues that arise on a day-to-day basis and is always available to support and advise her clients. An industry expert in her field, Imelda presents to various business groups on the taxation and accountancy issues that affect small and medium sized businesses.

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Ireland Franchise General Experts

Johnny Sellyn


general franchise expert Johnny Sellyn has been involved in franchising for over 20 years. Initially as founding director of the franchise consultancy division of one of world’s leading CPA’s and Business advisers. This followed a successful 30-year career in retail. In more recent times Johnny has created and run some of the leading franchise websites in the US, UK South Africa and Australia. Franchise resales .com was created for the US Franchise marketplace and is solely dedicated to connect existing franchise sellers with buyers. More than half the buyers looking to buy a franchise in the US would consider a resale before a new franchise.

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Derrick Simpson

Franchise Resales

general franchise expert

Derrick is the managing director of Franchise Resales in the UK. He has played an active role within UK franchising since 1988 including being director of franchise development with Kall Kwik & Prontaprint (ODC) and franchise director with the Myhome Group. Establishing Franchise Resales Limited in 2007 Derrick is currently the bfa Affiliated Professional Advisors & Suppliers representative on the bfa Board. He is a regular speaker at bfa events on matters around franchise resales and is often consulted by existing members for advice on the subject.

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Ireland Franchise Consultancy Experts

Suzie McCafferty

Platinum Wave

general franchise expert

Suzie McCafferty is the Managing Director of Platinum Wave, a bfa affiliated company that specialises in helping businesses to grow and develop through successful and sustainable franchising on an international scale. Suzie was a finalist in Entrepreneur of the Year Awards 2006 and was Chairperson for the British Franchise Association’s Scottish Franchise Forum in 2009 and 2010. Suzie is an active member of the UK and International franchise communities, and having grown her own franchise businesses both UK and Internationally within the retail and professional services industries, she is a regular key note speaker at key industry events.

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