Tao Xu devotes his practice to franchising and distribution matters, especially international franchising, licensing and distribution transactions. Tao counsels a broad range of clients in their international expansions, including master franchising, multi-unit licensing, area development, single-unit licensing and direct investment (both joint venture and wholly owned). Tao is particularly active in food and beverage, hospitality and leisure, and retail industries, having acted for a number of high-profile US brands in their international expansion efforts. Tao is deeply involved in franchising activities in China, having both acted for a number of clients in entering the Chinese market and lobbied on behalf of the International Franchise Association in connection with the Chinese government’s franchise regulations and their implementation rules. Chambers Global and Chambers USA have repeatedly recognised Tao. He has also been named a Franchise Times Legal Eagle, among the top franchise lawyers in the United States and Canada. He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the franchise law category. Tao served as the director of ABA Forum on Franchising’s International Division, and is currently serving as co-chair of the International Bar Association’s International Franchising Committee.