Independent Guarantees and Stand-by Letters of Credit - Working Group Interim Report 2008




Readers are cautioned that the ideas or conclusions set forth in this paper, including any proposed statutory language and any comments or recommendations, may not have not been adopted by the Uniform Law Conference of Canada. They may not necessarily reflect the views of the Conference and its Delegates. Please consult the Resolutions on this topic as adopted by the Conference at the Annual meeting.

Quebec, QC

August 10-14. 2008

Interim Report of the Working Group August 2008 Background

[1] At its Annual Meeting in 2005, the ULCC decided to review the advisability of preparing a uniform implementing act for the 1995 United Nations Convention on Independent Guarantees and Stand-by Letters of Credit (hereinafter referred to as the “Convention”).

[2] In March 2006, the Conference considered a report by Steven Jeffery, Partner, Blaney McMurtry LLP and Marc Lacoursière, Professor, Université Laval, which examined the Canadian framework for the law of independent guarantees and stand-by letters of credit, both from a common law and civil law perspective.  The report recommended that the Convention be adopted by Canada.

[3] There is no existing legislation in Canada that specifically deals with letters of credit or bank guarantees.  The law applicable to letters of credit in the common law provinces and federally has been developed by the courts.  On the civil law side, some attempt to associate independent bank guarantees with certain nominate contracts and others do so with innominate contractual instruments; the nature of the bank guarantee is still not determined in Quebec civil law.

ULCC Working Group on Independent Guarantees and Stand-by Letters of Credit

[4] A Working Group was established following the 2006 Annual Meeting.  Its mandate is to prepare, in accordance with the directions of the Conference, a uniform act and commentaries to implement the Convention, to report on the desirability of any other legislative recommendations and to work in co-operation with the Uniform Law Commission in the United States (previously named the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws) and the Mexican Uniform Law Centre, should those organizations be agreeable.

[5] The Working Group is composed of the following members: Mireille Blanchard (International Private Law Section, Justice Canada), Jacques Gauthier (General Counsel, Public Works and Government Services Canada), Professor Marc Lacoursière (Université Laval), Steven Jeffery (Blaney McMurtry LLP), Michel Deschamps (McCarthy, Tétrault SNC), Professor Benjamin Geva (Osgoode Hall Law School) and Clark Dalton (Projects Coordinator for the ULCC).

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