David Baharvar Ramsey

Top rated business & corporate attorney in New York, New York

Kaufmann Gildin & Robbins LLP
David Baharvar Ramsey
Kaufmann Gildin & Robbins LLP

Practice Areas: Business & corporate, Franchise & dealership; view more

Licensed in New York since: 2005

Education: Harvard Law School

Selected to Rising Stars: 2014 - 2015

Kaufmann Gildin & Robbins LLP

767 Third Avenue
30th floor
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Focusing his practice primarily on complex business transactions, David Baharvar Ramsey is a partner at Kaufmann Gildin & Robbins LLP. From the firm's office in midtown Manhattan, he provides astute representation to both companies and entrepreneurs throughout the greater New York City metropolitan area, and his experience also extends to franchise matters, and the negotiation and preparation of commercial contracts. Admitted to practice before all New York and New Jersey state courts, Mr. Ramsey is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

Mr. Ramsey's client base encompasses a variety of industries, including telecommunications, investment funds, publishing, entertainment and franchise companies. His work on their behalf has included mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, debt and equity financing, corporate governance, regulatory compliance, entity formation, and general business advice. Mr. Ramsey has prepared and reviewed consulting contracts, licensing agreements, and contracts relating to software development. In his franchise practice, he assists with the preparation of the required disclosure documents and guides his clients through the registration process.

Mr. Ramsey is an active participant in several professional organizations, including the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association and the Hospitality Law Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. He is the co-author of numerous published works, including one on cybersecurity for franchise companies and another on restaurant financing alternatives. Active in his community as well, Mr. Ramsey has volunteered his time for New York Cares and other civic organizations. A graduate of Cornell University, where he received a Bachelor of Science with honors in 2001, Mr. Ramsey obtained his legal education at Harvard Law School and was awarded his Juris Doctor in 2005.

Practice areas

Business/corporate, Franchise/dealership

Focus areas

Business formation and planning, Limited liability companies, Contracts, Business organizations

First Admitted: 2005, New York

Professional Webpage: https://www.kaufmanngildin.com/attorney/david-b-ramsey/

  • Advised and guided major franchise systems such as Taco Bell and others in expanding and executing their franchise programs into many countries, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, the Caribbean, Cuba, Guyana, Finland, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Malaysia, Mexico, most every country in the Middle East region, Mongolia, Myanmar, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, the Philippines, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and various other countries in Western Europe, Sri Lanka, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom; and, U.S. military bases abroad, among others.
  • Served as special franchise counsel on acquisitions or sales of major franchise systems by private equity and strategic parties, regarding franchise networks such as Burn Boot Camp, Hooters, Huddle House, Motel 6, Burger King locations throughout Puerto Rico, Chemical Guys, Re-Bath, and others.
  • Advise, guide, and interface with franchise regulators across the United States and in many countries around the world on behalf of Activision Blizzard and its affiliates in creating the first-ever franchised, professional e-sports league focused around a single game, and expanding that franchise offering and follow-on franchised esports leagues in new jurisdictions.
  • Served as special franchise counsel on acquisitions or sales of major franchise systems by private equity and strategic parties, regarding franchise networks such as Burn Boot Camp, Hooters, Huddle House, Motel 6, Burger King locations throughout Puerto Rico, Chemical Guys, Re-Bath, and others.
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • American Bar Association, Member, Mergers & Acquisitions Committee of the Section on Business Law
  • Admitted 2021
  • American Bar Association, Member, Section on Business Law
  • American Bar Association, Member, Cyberspace Law Committee of the Section on Business Law
  • New York
  • American Bar Association, Member, Forum on Franchising
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
  • New Jersey
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Data Security: Evolving Legal Considerations for Franchisors, Journal of Internet Law, September, 2016
  • Passage of Stabilization Laws Responding to COVID-19 Crisis: Key Provisions Applicable to Franchising, Kaufmann Gildin & Robbins LLP Client Bulletin, March 29, 2020, and update Bulletins April 5, April 24, and June 19, 2020 , 2020
  • Three’s a Crowd: Navigating the World of Franchisor, Master Franchisee/Area Representative, and Unit Franchisee Relationships and Their Distinct Interests, American Bar Association 44th Annual Forum on Franchising, Atlanta, Georgia, October 2021 (Co-Author and Co-Presenter) , 2021
  • Gift Card Best Practices for Franchise Systems, The Franchise Lawyer, Winter 2022 , 2022
  • New and Recurring Issues in Franchise Brand Acquisitions, International Franchise Association, 54th Annual Legal Symposium, 2022 (Co-Author and Co-Presenter) , 2022
  • Co-Author, Issues in Growth By Multi-Unit Franchising, Franchise Law Journal, 2019, 2019
  • Mediation Basics for Lawyers and their Clients, Electronically in Touch (the official e-newsletter of the Young Lawyers Section of the New York State Bar Association), January, 2012
  • Cyber-Security for Franchisors, Business Law Today, July, 2016
  • Co-Author, Alternatives to Traditional Capital Raises for Restaurateurs, New York City Bar Association, Business Law Subcommittee of the Hospitality Law Committee, July, 2018
  • Co-Author, Exemption Based Franchising for Established and Start-Up Franchisors, International Franchise Association Legal Symposium, Washington, D.C., May, 2017
Educational Background:
  • Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, B.S., Honors: Cornell Presidential Research Scholar; Dean's List; Graduation With Honors, 2001
Representative Clients:
  • Taco Bell Franchisor, 2022
  • 7-Eleven, Inc., 2022
  • Intercontinental Hotel Group, 2022
Industry Groups:
  • Franchising; Real Estate; Food & Beverage; Restaurants; Hotels; Hospitality

Office location for David Baharvar Ramsey

767 Third Avenue
30th floor
New York, NY 10017

Phone: 212-705-0816


2 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2014 - 2015

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