The book presents a systemic analysis of the characteristics of the legal regulations of franchises and how franchises have developed in various countries. It also describes franchising issues related to the legal classification and contents of the franchise agreement within the system of Civil Law. The legal regulations of franchising in the European Union, the United States of America, Canada, the Russian Federation and some other countries are treated on a case by case basis. This book is intended for lawyers and law students alike, as well as those people interested in the general ideas regarding franchising. It needs to be accepted that the idea of franchising has gained increasing acceptance as a business model in recent years. It is also likely that its development will continue; consequently everyone must begin to take up the challenge of facing the legal difficulties that will confront franchisors, franchisees and legal advisers.