International Trade and Finance Law

critically analyse your reading and research of the subject from a legal risk point of view.
Cowan Davies PLC (an English subsidiary company of CD Inc, a company based in Alabama, USA), owns a factory
in Reading, Berkshire, in England which specialises in making high quality copper tubing. A recent fact
finding visit to south east Asia by a sales and technical team evaluated whether or not there was an export
market in the region. The preliminary results of the team’s evaluation are that there is considerable
potential for sales of copper tubing in Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and possibly Cambodia. A recent board
meeting of Cowan Davies PLC agreed in principle that funds should be committed to develop this export
potential. To this end a small team has been set up to deal with the managerial, technical, sales and legal
aspects. You have been appointed to deal with the legal aspects of exporting to this region. You should be
aware that the only experience Cowan Davies PLC has in overseas sales is by way of branch offices in several
West African countries.
Prepare a paper for consideration by the board of directors critically assessing the legal risks the company
will be exposing itself to if it embarks on sales to this region of Asia.