Vol. 13 No. 4 | Fall 2010
INSIDE THIS EDITION
THE FRANCHISE LAWYER
Beata Krakus (2013)
Forum on Franchising
A Tribute to Alexander Konigsberg, 1938-2010
Alexander Konigsberg, a pioneer in the franchising community, passed away on August 9, 2010. Alex was a highly respected lawyer, scholar and friend to colleagues throughout the world, whose absence will be keenly felt. Alex was a founding partner of Lapointe Rosenstein in Montreal, Canada, and his singular passion for business law, and the burgeoning international franchising practice in particular, served as a beacon to others at his firm and in the business and franchise communities.
Alex leaves a significant legacy to the franchise community. He made important contributions to a variety of organizations in the franchising world, including the International Bar Association, where he served as President of the Committee on International Franchising, and the International Franchise Association, where he served as President of the International Legislative Action Group. His work with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and UNIDROIT, most notably his leadership role in the development of the Model Franchise Disclosure Law as a member of the Committee of Governmental Experts appointed by UNIDROIT, remains an enduring testament to his expertise and influence.
Alex left an indelible mark on international franchising by way of his numerous speaking engagements and prolific writings, not the least of which is his book International Franchising, considered one of the leading texts on international franchising. Moreover, anyone who had the privilege of working with, or simply knowing, Alex benefited from his mentorship, as well as his devotion and passion for, and commitment to, the international franchising practice.
Alex was a natural consensus-builder and leader, whose uniquely collaborative approach distinguished him. His mentorship and kindness, his personal touch and infectious humor, and most of all his genuine friendship are traits that will surely be remembered and cherished. We will greatly miss him.
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