The European Union is one of Malaysia’s most important business partners. Companies from countries like Germany, France, the Netherlands and many others have invested billions here and trade between them and Malaysia is growing consistently. Your clients’ contract partners will often insist that the law governing the contract is that of their country — which automatically means that you will be dealing with a civil law jurisdiction. Are you ready to comment on the contract when that is the case?
This talk will highlight a few basic features of civil law to allow common law-trained Malaysian lawyers to share their thoughts when faced with a contract governed by civil law. It will focus on common areas, where difference between the two systems are large.
Dr Harald Sippel is a foreign lawyer with Skrine, where he runs the firm’s European desk. He is admitted to the Malaysian Bar as a foreign lawyer and as an attorney-at-law in Austria, a European Union Member State. He regularly advises European companies on doing business in Malaysia and Malaysian companies on doing business in Europe.
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