Dr. Sylvia Freygner, LL.M.

Dr. Sylvia Freygner has been a licensed attorney in Liechtenstein, Austria and Switzerland since 2007 and is an expert in European competition and international tax law. For more than ten years, Dr. Freygner has specialized in trademark law, vertical distribution channels, as well as concession and licensing models. Further, Dr. Freygner focuses on tax arrangements regarding assets, companies and international licensing systems. She also lectures in the Masters Program in International Tax Law at the University of Vaduz.

As a certified expert in fiscal criminal law, Dr. Freygner provides clients with professional and empathetic support in sophisticated and challenging fiscal criminal cases.

For the last five years, Dr. Freygner has led an independent research institute in Vienna that addresses topics related to European competition, liberalization, and privatization of state services.

In establishing the first Public Social Responsibility Institute for government services in Europe, Dr. Freygner initiated a new school of thought in the field of European business, competition, and procurement law. The resulting Public Social Responsibility Charta and the Public Social Responsibility Code provides the impetus for a European dialogue with all stakeholders. Furthermore, Dr. Freygner supports the Committee of the Centre of Excellence for the Public Economy, Infrastructure and Public Service e. V. at the University of Leipzig.

In 2017, she completed the Course on Strategic Leadership held by the Austrian Ministry of the Interior.

Firm Overview:

In 2007, Dr. Sylvia Freygner founded FREYGNER ADVOCATUR in the heart of Vienna. She continues to work as an independent attorney and personally intervenes on behalf of her clients’ concerns. The primary focuses of her law firm are international and cross-border tax law, especially intellectual property and European competition law as well as international company law. In the field of fiscal criminal law, FREYGNER ADVOCATUR has established a name for itself in leading and internationally recognized cases.

FREYGNER ADVOCATUR is very well-versed in fiscal matters in Liechtenstein, Switzerland, and Austria, particularly in connection with intellectual property and licensing vehicles such as IP Boxes, that offer very attractive models for tax structuring. With our comprehensive know-how we assure best possible solutions to meet your and your clients’ individual requirements.

Our passion is to consult and assist in the above-mentioned fields of business and we allow ourselves to take pride in the fact that FREYGNER ADVOCATUR is the only law firm offering a combination of IP and tax services in Liechtenstein, Switzerland, and Austria.

Our locations in Feldkirch, Stans, Vaduz, Zürich and Vienna reflect the international orientation of our law firm represented by Dr. Sylvia Freygner and her seven staff in collaboration with a wide-ranging network of experts.

Due to our international expertise it is our passion to support a worldwide clientele with experience and a distinctive strategic understanding.

Areas of Practice:

  • Corporate Tax Law
  • Antitrust Law
  • International Tax Law
  • IP Services
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Intellectual Property Rights Law
  • Trademark Law
  • Patent Law
  • Private Client Law
  • Tax Advisory
  • Tax Law
  • International Tax Law
  • Trust and Estate Law
  • Competition Law
  • Franchise Law
  • Mediation
  • Blockchain
  • Accounting


FREYGNER Advocaturbuero AG

Mitteldorf 1
PO Box 759
9490 Vaduz
Principality of Liechtenstein
T + 423 377 99 60
F + 423 377 99 65
M +423 792 99 60
[email protected]

Limmatquai 1
8001 Zurich
CH – 8001 Zurich
M +41 79 245 09 76
[email protected]

Dorfplatz 12
PO Box 1021
6371 Stans
T + 41 41 622 00 96
F + 41 71 622 00 96
M +41 79 245 09 76
[email protected]
Dr. Sylvia Freygner

Nibelungengasse 13
1010 Vienna
T +43 1 512 33 93
F +43 1 512 33 93 50
[email protected]

Neustadt 45
6800 Feldkirch
T + 43 664 255 6404
[email protected]


Richard L Rosen

Richard L. Rosen, the founding member of The Richard L. Rosen Law Firm, PLLC, whose offices are located at 110 East 59th Street, New York, New York 10022.  Mr. Rosen has been actively engaged in the practice of franchise law for over 40 years, during which time he has represented many franchisors and franchisees, both as an attorney and as a business adviser.  Mr. Rosen has counseled and represented franchisors in the setting up of franchising systems and programs, has formed franchising entities, drafted and negotiated franchise agreements, registration statements, disclosure documents and other ancillary franchise documents.  He has represented franchisees and franchisee associations and has litigated in both state and federal courts (and is admitted to practice in the State of New York, the Southern District of New York, the Eastern District of New York, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals) and arbitrated and mediated matters on behalf of both franchisors and franchisees.

Mr. Rosen is the immediate past Chairman of the American Association of Franchisees and Dealer’s Fair Franchising Standards Committee, having served in that position for nine years, and a member of the AAFD Board of Directors.  He is also a past Chairman of the Legal Steering Committee and the Chairman of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of the AAFD.  In 2008 he received the AAFD’s Total Quality Franchising Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the field of franchising.  He has been a member of the American Bar Association’s  Forum Committee on Franchising and its Anti-Trust Section since 1968, a founding member and immediate past Chairman of the Franchise, Distribution and Licensing Law Section of the New York State Bar Association (and the Chairman of its Franchise Relations and its Mission Statement Committees), is a Panel Member of the Committees on Franchising and Corporate Law sponsored by the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, a member of the Executive Committee of the Business Law Section of the New York State Bar Association and a member of the International Franchise Association (IFA).  Mr. Rosen is a member of the Steering Committee of the National Franchise Mediation Program; a member of the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution’s Distinguished Panel of Neutrals in conjunction with the National Franchise Mediation Program and has served as an arbitrator and mediator of franchise cases.  Richard Rosen and the firm have earned Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating for legal ability and integrity and Richard is rated amongst Martindale-Hubbell’s List of Preeminent Attorneys.  Richard is listed in Who’s Who in America, (and has recently been chosen to receive its Lifetime Achievement Award), Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who in the World, Best Lawyers in America, “101 Best Franchise Lawyers in America” (the Franchise Times), a charter member of the Franchise Times “Hall of Fame” of Franchise Attorneys, Best Lawyers in the U.S., America’s Super Lawyers, Who’s Who Legal: Franchise and International Who’s Who Legal (Compendium Edition), the International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers and a recipient of the Global Award for Franchise Law.  In 2016, 2017 and 2018 Richard was chosen as Franchise Attorney of the Year for the US by Lawyer Monthly.  Richard was chosen as Franchise Attorney of the Year for the US in 2017 by Global 100.  Richard Rosen was named Franchise Lawyer of the Year in the United States by Intercontinental Finance and Law in 2017 and 2018.  In 2018, Richard was named one the 100 Best Attorneys in the World by LegalComprehensive.com.

Richard has frequently lectured on a variety of franchise topics before various groups and organizations, including the American Bar Association, the International Franchise Association, the New York State Bar Association, and The Association of the Bar of the City of New York, The Nassau County Bar Association and the AAFD and has been interviewed on both television and radio, the American Bar Association Journal, the Franchise Times and Forbes Magazine, regarding franchising.  Mr. Rosen is a contributor to “Franchising 101, The Complete Guide to Evaluating, Buying and Growing Your Franchise Business” compiled by the Association of Small Business Development Centers and has written various articles on the legal and business aspects of franchising.  Mr. Rosen and his firm are the authors of the section on Franchise Law in the United States which appears in the Third, Fourth and Fifth Editions of the (International) Franchise Law Review as well as the review of franchise law in the U.S. which appears in the 2017, 2018 and 2019 International Comparative Guide to Franchise Law.

Richard L. Rosen and his firm are engaged in a general, commercial practice which includes active involvement in the fields of franchising, corporate, real estate and trust and estates law.  Mr. Rosen has been a real estate developer for many years and has represented many commercial clients in their real estate development, acquisition and leasing endeavors.  The firm also maintains an active state and federal court litigation practice and is engaging in other forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution, including arbitration and mediation.

Mr. Rosen is married to Doris and the father of three children: Max, and twins Mollie and Hannah, whom he has coached in soccer, basketball, baseball, football and track.  Richard served for many years on the Board of Directors of the Jericho Athletic Association which provides athletic programs for school children residing in the Jericho Community.  He still coaches a “kids” track team, the Jericho Jets, and competed for many years in Masters Track as a sprinter.  Many of Richard’s athletes have been division and county champions and have competed at the State and National championship level.

Dr. Moustafa Sayed

Born: Aleppo, Syria, September, 1928; admitted, 1974, Syria.

Education: University of Damascus; University of Geneva (Dr. of Law Degree). Former Professor, Public and Private International Law, University of Damascus School of Law. Former Minister: Foreign Affairs and Higher Education. Judge, Court of Organization, Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries.

Member: Syrian Bar Association; American Society of International Law.

Languages: Arabic, French and English.

Practice Areas: International Arbitrations; International Contracts; International Franchising; Foreign Investment Regulation; International Oil and Gas.

Firm Overview:

Sayed & Sayed is an international law firm based in Damascus, Syria. Founded in 1974, the firm has accumulated a specialty in diverse practice areas combining quality legal services with expertise in many legal disciplines allowing our lawyers to offer a reliable representation.

Our firm’s general practice encompasses a wide-range of areas including corporate law, banking and finance, intellectual property, contracts, international transaction, administrative law and public regulations.

Our lawyers have extensive experience in international litigation and in international commercial arbitration before the International Chamber of Commerce and other local, regional and international arbitration centres. Our lawyers are all trained as internationalists with a sophisticated sense of the different types of legal systems and the special character of transnational legal practice.

Sotiris Yanakakis

Sotiris Yanakakis attended the Law School of the Democrition University of Thrace (LL.B., Summa cum Laude, 1982) and Harvard Law School (LL.M., 1984). His LL.M. Thesis was : “Comparative study between the Hague and Hamburg Rules in the Carriage of Goods by Sea”. He was admitted to the Athens Bar in 1985 and transferred to the Piraeus Bar in 1987. He was worked as a associate with Bingham, Danna & Gould, Boston (1984) and has been associated with Piraeus Law Firms (1984 – 1993).

He is a co-author of the section on Greek Aviation Law in Longman’s “Capital Taxes and Estate Planning in Europe”(1992) and has published an article on the “Time Bar of Claims for Contribution to General Average” (Maritime Law Review, Dec. 1991). He has also publishes an Article on the “Legal Status and Practice of Franchising Agreement in Greece” Business and Company Law (1997).

S. Yanakakis speaks English. He is a member of the Maritime Law Association of Greece, Harvard Law Association of Europe, member of the American Bar Association, the International Bar Association, the franchise Association of Greece, member of American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce and President of the Franchising Law and other Distribution Systems Association (Greek Franchising Law Association)

S. C. YANAKAKIS Law Offices:

S Yanakakis A Kalogeropoulou Law Offices is a Greek law firm with its offices in Athens established in 1985, whose attorneys have been engaged in broad spectrum of international practice and have acquired considerable experience in serving an international clientele (Greece, Europe, United States). The firm has established an international network of correspondent relationships with local law offices which enables it to act fast and efficiently handling client matters.

Stephen Giles

Stephen Giles is a corporate and commercial partner based in Melbourne and Sydney, but with extensive international experience.  He leads the Australian Consumer Markets Group, and is global leader of our International Franchising Business Group.

Stephen’s particular proficiency includes the drafting and negotiation of complex commercial agreements and the application of competition laws to product distribution, pricing and supply issues faced by manufacturers, franchisors and suppliers.  This includes recent amendments to the law in relation to good faith and unfair contract terms, where he has been intimately involved in the legislative process.  He also has extensive transactional experience in mergers, acquisitions and international commercial negotiations, and in providing legal and strategic advice for companies seeking to leverage their brands and expand internationally.

Stephen’s client list features many leading international brands, including 7-Eleven, ANZ Bank, Australia Post, BMW, Bounce, Caltex, Honda, Grill’d, helloworld, Kia, Luxottica, McDonald’s Australia, Nando’s, Nestle, Pandora, Quest, Retail Food Group, Steinhoff Asia Pacific, Stihl, Tempur Sealy International, Yum Brands. He has represented over 200 retailers and franchisors, and has pre-eminent connections into most major retail networks as well as at the highest levels with Government and regulators.

Stephen has served for almost 20 years on the board of the peak industry body, the Franchise Council of Australia, handling industry regulation and government relations and serving 5 terms as national chairman.  He has written numerous publications on franchising and competition and consumer law, including the authoritative text Franchising Law & Practice, and is a regular speaker at conferences in Australia, Asia and the US. In 2009 he was inducted into the Australian Franchising Hall of Fame, and was ranked in the top 10 most respected international franchise lawyers by the International Who’s Who of Franchise Lawyers. He is currently a member of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Small Business and Franchising Consultative Committee.


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Rupert M. Barkoff

Rupert Barkoff has been practicing franchise, distribution and corporate law since 1973. His franchise practice emphasizes solutions to registration and structuring issues and developing individual and collective solutions to franchisor-franchisee relationship problems.

During the course of his career, Mr. Barkoff has represented numerous start-up, national and regional franchisors in establishment and operation of their franchise systems. He has negotiated encroachment policies, counseled clients on the establishment and operation of purchasing cooperatives, and acted as mediator and arbitrator in the resolution of franchisor-franchisee disputes. He is also the Founder of the Franchise Law Institute, a newly formed group whose purpose is to study franchise law throughout the world.

Mr. Barkoff was recognized as one of the country’s leading franchise attorneys by The Best Lawyers in America® in 2018 and the 17 years immediately preceding, as well as the 2011 and 2016 Franchising Attorney of the Year in Atlanta. In 2010, he received the prestigious Lew Rudnick Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Bar Association’s Forum on Franchising. He received top ranking nationally in the 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 editions of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for Franchising, and he was listed as Tier 1 in the 2011 and 2012 editions. Mr. Barkoff was ranked as a leading practitioner for franchising globally by Chambers Global 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. He was named a Georgia “Super Lawyer” in the area of Franchise/Dealership in 2008, 2009 and 2010 and again in 2017 and the five years immediately preceding by Super Lawyers magazine. Mr. Barkoff was named a “Most Highly Regarded Individual for Franchise” by The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers for 2006, ranking #9 globally. This peer-nominated distinction is based upon a comprehensive and independent survey of both general counsel and private practice attorneys worldwide. He was also named to The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers for Franchise in 2013 and 2014. Mr. Barkoff has been named a “Legal Eagle” for 14 consecutive years by Franchise Times and in 2013, he was inducted into its Legal Eagles Hall of Fame. He is a recipient of the 2016 Client Choice Award USA & Canada in the Franchising category for Georgia from Lexology and the International Law Office (ILO). Mr. Barkoff is AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell.* He was recently referred to in the Chambers Global as the “godfather of franchise law.”

Mr. Barkoff has published over 300 articles, columns, and books on franchise law, and is the creator and Co-Editor-in-Chief of Fundamentals in Franchising, which is used to teach novices about the intricacies of franchise law. He has testified before Congress on franchise law issues and is a columnist for the New York Law Journal. Mr. Barkoff is an adjunct professor at the University of Georgia School of Law and has spoken at major franchise law seminars for over 30 years, as well as at numerous colleges and law schools. He served as Chair of the American Bar Association Forum on Franchising for three years and was a member of its governing committee for nine years.

*CV, BV, and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedure’s standards and policies.

Professional & Community Activities:

– American Bar Association, Business Law, Antitrust Law and Intellectual Property Law Sections, Member, Past Chair of Forum on Franchising, and Past Member of Governing Committee
– International Bar Association, Member
– North American Securities Administrators Franchise and Business Opportunities Task Force, Advisory Committee, Former Member
– Southeast Franchise Forum, Director, Secretary and General Counsel
– State Bar of Georgia, Franchise Section, Chair
– ToolBank USA, Board of Directors, Member
– Second Wind Dreams, Director


University of Michigan, J.D. (1973)
magna cum laude
University of Michigan, B.S. (1970)
high distinction

Bar Admissions:

Georgia (1973)