Alex Konigsberg dead at 72

The Montreal Gazette reported this story on August 13th.

One of Canada’s leading legal authorities on international franchising and a founding partner of one of Montreal’s largest independent business law firms died earlier this week.

Alex Konigsberg, a founding partner of the Montreal law firm Lapointe Rosenstein, now Lapointe Rosenstein Marchand Melancon LLP, passed away on Monday at the age of 72.


He wrote extensively on international commerce and franchising for many journals and authored International Franchising, a leading book on the subject published in a third edition in 2008.

He also lectured frequently abroad in at least 45 countries by his own count.

In addition to continuous speaking engagements around the globe, Konigsberg also sometimes advised governments and governmental organizations in developed and developing countries on entrepreneurship.

Mr. Konigsberg spoke as a witness that resulted in the Ontario Arthur Wishart Act (Franchise Disclosure), 2000 in Ottawa, Canada on March 8, 2000.

One Response to Alex Konigsberg dead at 72

  1. Carol Cross says:

    I read Mr. Konigberg’s statement and I do not disagree with his statements BUT, again, he defended the premise that due diligence done by franchisees with current and ex-franchisees is adequate and effective while at the same time noting that prospective franchisees don’t usually interview the franchisees that are provided by the franchisor in the disclosure process.

    He, like all attorneys, overlooks the ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM. Why doesn’t the seller of the franchise who PROFITS FROM THE SALE HAVE A DUTY UNDER THE LAW TO DISCLOSE historical UNIT financial performance statistics in his possession to the new buyer of the franchise?i

    If a franchise is a financial product, an investment, why doesn’t the seller have a duty to disclose the unit performance of the system to new buyers of the franchise and to innocent investors in the franchise systems?


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