The source for in depth & current LC news and analysis. Documentary Credit World is the letter of credit community’s only monthly professional journal, addressing timely topics and critical issues facing specialists from the banking, legal, business, and academic sectors working in the world of commercial LCs, standby LCs, and independent guarantees.

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Model Forms

The ISP98 Model Forms have been described as the most practical tool available for standby LC practice. They were designed by a team of standby bankers and attorneys and are aligned with ISP98, the most widely used rules for standbys.

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Financial Crime Compliance

Do your operations and risk/compliance teams have the best tools to meet the ever changing compliance demands? Get the most complete TBFC volume out there.

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About Us

The Institute of International Banking Law & Practice, a non-profit educational and research organization based in the United States, sponsors projects, programs, and publications intended to harmonize letter of credit law and practice.

Since its formation in 1987, the Institute has been a leading force in the LC world. With a range of publications on LCs, standbys, and demand guarantees, as well as commercial fraud, the Institute offers extensive resources in trade finance.

The Institute also regularly brings together leaders of the letter of credit community from banks, law firms, regulatory agencies, importers, exporters, and third party intermediaries in interactive forums around the world designed to foster and promote the exchange of ideas.


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