Recently, I moderated a panel for an International Franchise Association webinar called “From Venture Capital to Private Equity: Franchise Investment Trends and Terms”.  I was fortunate to have fantastic panelists: Satya Ponnuru (General Partner of NewSpring Franchise), Vanessa Yakobson (CEO of Blo Blow Dry Bar), Bernard Markey (Navigator Partners) and Ed Teixeira (Franchise Grade).  I

Contributed by Tom Kent

            Last week, I and a number of my colleagues attended the International Franchise Expo in New York City. This year, the International Franchise Association held a bonus session on private equity investing in franchising. Panelists at the session included franchisor executives, principals of private equity firms, investment bankers and consultants. The