Debt Instruments in UK Law

Leading Cases
  • Re Sigma Finance Corporation (in Administrative Receivership)
    • Supreme Court
    • 29 Oct 2009

    Sigma financed its investments over a 13 year period by debt securities issued or guaranteed by it. It entered into liquidity facilities intended to hedge against market liquidity risks. It entered into financial instruments intended to hedge against currency and interest rate risk. Others provided liquidity facilities, or entered into financial hedging instruments.

    Where a security document secures a number of creditors who have advanced funds over a long period it would be quite wrong to take account of circumstances which are not known to all of them. In this type of case it is the wording of the instrument which is paramount. The instrument must be interpreted as a whole in the light of the commercial intention which may be inferred from the face of the instrument and from the nature of the debtor's business.

  • Owen (Edward) Engineering Ltd v Barclays Bank International Ltd
    • Court of Appeal
    • 20 Jul 1977

    A bank which gives a performance guarantee must honour that guarantee according to its terms. It is not concerned in the least with the relations between the supplier and the customer; nor with the question whether the supplier has performed his contracts obligation or not; nor with the questionwhether the supplier is in default or not. The bank must pay according to its guarantee, on demand, if so stipulated, without proof or conditions.

  • Richard Dale Agnew and Another v The Commissioner of Inland Revenue and Another
    • Privy Council
    • 05 Jun 2001

    Once these have been ascertained, the Court can then embark on the second stage of the process, which is one of categorisation. If their intention, properly gathered from the language of the instrument, is to grant the company rights in respect of the charged assets which are inconsistent with the nature of a fixed charge, then the charge cannot be a fixed charge however they may have chosen to describe it.

  • Lipkin Gorman (A Firm)(Original Appellants and Cross-Respondents) v Karpnale Ltd (Formerly Playboy Club of London Ltd) (Original Respondents and Cross-Appellants)
    • House of Lords
    • 06 Jun 1991

    At present I do not wish to state the principle any less broadly than this: that the defence is available to a person whose position has so changed that it would be inequitable in all the circumstances to require him to make restitution, or alternatively to make restitution in full.

  • Carreras Group Ltd v Stamp Commissioner
    • Privy Council
    • 01 Abr 2004

    Whether the statute is concerned with a single step or a broader view of the acts of the parties depends upon the construction of the language in its context. But ever since Ramsay Ltd v Inland Revenue Commissioners [1982] AC 300 the courts have tended to assume that revenue statutes in particular are concerned with the characterisation of the entirety of transactions which have a commercial unity rather than the individual steps into which such transactions may be divided.

  • Rainy Sky SA and Others v Kookmin Bank
    • Court of Appeal
    • 27 May 2010

    Unless the most natural meaning of the words produces a result which is so extreme as to suggest that it was unintended, the Court has no alternative but to give effect it its terms. To do otherwise would be to risk imposing obligations on one or other party which they were never willing to assume and in circumstances which amount to no more than guesswork on the part on the Court.

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Law Firm Commentaries
  • Amending Debt Instruments – 3 Tax Questions To Consider
    • Mondaq UK
  • The UK Contractual Recognition Of Bail-In Rules: Partial Delay To Implementation
    • JD Supra United Kingdom
    On 25 November 2015, the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) published a ‘waiver by consent’ in relation to the contractual recognition of bail-in requirements. To the extent that it would be imp...
    ...... for firms to comply in respect of liabilities other than certain debt instruments, the PRA will modify their rules on a firm by firm basis to ......
  • UK Implementing Regulations for the Money Market Funds Regulation Published
    • JD Supra United Kingdom
    The Money Market Funds Regulations 2018 have been laid before Parliament and will enter into force partly on June 28, 2018 and fully on July 21, 2018. The EU Money Market Funds Regulation came into...
    ......MMFs are fund vehicles that invest in highly liquid short-term debt instruments, such as government bonds, often used by institutions as a ......
  • UK FCA Issues Consultation Paper on Draft Regulatory Guidance on Cryptoasset Categorisation
    • JD Supra United Kingdom
    Following its commitment within the report issued on 30 October 2018 by the UK’s Cryptoassets Taskforce1, on 23 January 2019 the FCA issued a Consultation Paper (“CP 19/3”)2 setting out draft regul...
    ...... . “financial Instruments” under the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II; or. . ... holders some, or all, of the rights conferred on shareholders or debt-holders, as well as those tokens that give rights to other tokens that are ......
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