Beth Ewen

Senior editor of Franchise Times


Well-versed in legal and public policy issues, Beth is quick to dissect a lawsuit or court ruling, and her M&A expertise yields fascinating content for FT’s Dealmakers program.

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Kim Gubera can trace her ascent to the CEO role at Pirtek USA back to her late grandmother, an office manager in the pulp and paper mill from the Florida town where Gubera grew up. Education earned later in life helped, too.

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ChutneyMex, an Indian-Mexican fusion concept, made attendees hungry today and captured the win, in the first competition in which teams from four leading hospitality universities worked to "Redesign the Restaurant of the Future," presented during Restaurant Finance Week. It's the brainchild of a polished team from Florida International University

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"Banks are coming back" into the restaurant M&A game, declared Roger Matthews, who heads up retail investment banking at BofA Securities, after sitting out since March when pandemic-related lockdowns began. Expert panelists discussed the restaurant deal-making outlook for 2021 on the first day of Restaurant Finance Week, presented by Franchise Times and the Restaurant Finance Monitor.

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A second lawsuit filed in federal court last Thursday alleges racial discrimination against Black franchisees at McDonald's, this time with current franchisees as plaintiffs rather than former. It is the latest in a stack of challenges facing Reginald Miller, McDonald's newly appointed VP and global diversity, inclusion and equity officer.

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When Anna Kaiser sold her dance-based fitness concept called AKT, which stands for Anna Kaiser Technique and is popular with celebrity clients like Shakira and Kelly Ripa, to Xponential Fitness in March 2018, both seller and buyer had glowing words for the other. No more, as hearings are set to begin November 11 in lawsuits exchanged between the two.

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The franchisor for I Heart Mac & Cheese is suing its franchisee who purchased corporate stores in Patchogue and Bayside, New York, for slander, libel, defamation and tortious interference in a business relationship as well as loan default.

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