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United Nations Convention on Independent Guarantees and Stand-By Letters of Credit

CHAPTER I. SCOPE OF APPLICATION

Article 1. Scope of application

Article 2. Undertaking

Article 3. Independence of undertaking

Article 4. Internationality of undertaking

CHAPTER II. INTERPRETATION

Article 5. Principles of interpretation

Article 6. Definitions

CHAPTER III. FORM AND CONTENT OF UNDERTAKING

Article 7. Issuance, form and irrevocability of undertaking

Article 8. Amendment

Article 9. Transfer of beneficiary's right to demand payment

Article 10. Assignment of proceeds

Article 11. Cessation of right to demand payment

Article 12. Expiry

CHAPTER IV. RIGHTS, OBLIGATIONS AND DEFENCES

Article 13. Determination of rights and obligations

Article 14. Standard of conduct and liability of guarantor/issuer

Article 15. Demand

Article 16. Examination of demand and accompanying documents

Article 17. Payment

Article 18. Set-off

Article 19. Exception to payment obligation

CHAPTER V. PROVISIONAL COURT MEASURES

Article 20. Provisional court measures

CHAPTER VI. CONFLICT OF LAWS

Article 21. Choice of applicable law

Article 22. Determination of applicable law

CHAPTER VII. FINAL CLAUSES

Article 23. Depositary

Article 24. Signature, ratification, acceptance, approval, accession

Article 25. Application to territorial units

Article 26. Effect of declaration

Article 27. Reservations

Article 28. Entry into force

Article 29. Denunciation

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[Post Clauses (If any: Signed; Witnessed; Done; Authentic Texts; & Deposited Clauses)]

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United Nations Convention on Independent Guarantees and Stand-By Letters of Credit

CHAPTER I. SCOPE OF APPLICATION

Article 2. Undertaking

(1) For the purposes of this Convention, an undertaking is an independent commitment, known in international practice as an independent guarantee or as a stand-by letter of credit, given by a bank or other institution or person ("guarantor/issuer") to pay to the beneficiary a certain or determinable amount upon simple demand or upon demand accompanied by other documents, in conformity with the terms and any documentary conditions of the undertaking, indicating, or from which it is to be inferred, that payment is due because of a default in the performance of an obligation, or because of another contingency, or for money borrowed or advanced, or on account of any mature indebtedness undertaken by the principal/applicant or another person.

(2) The undertaking may be given:

(a) At the request or on the instruction of the customer ("principal/applicant") of the guarantor/ issuer;

(b) On the instruction of another bank, institution or person ("instructing party") that acts at the request of the customer ("principal/applicant") of that instructing party; or

(c) On behalf of the guarantor/issuer itself.

(3) Payment may be stipulated in the undertaking to be made in any form, including:

(a) Payment in a specified currency or unit of account;

(b) Acceptance of a bill of exchange (draft);

(c) Payment on a deferred basis;

(d) Supply of a specified item of value.

(4) The undertaking may stipulate that the guarantor/issuer itself is the beneficiary when acting in favour of another person.


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