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Principles of Banking Law

Principles of Banking Law (3rd edn)

Sir Ross Cranston, Emilios Avgouleas, Kristin van Zwieten, Christopher Hare, and Theodor van Sante
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date: 04 December 2023

p. 54118. Securitylocked

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  • Ross Cranston, Ross CranstonProfessor of Law at the London School of Economics
  • Emilios Avgouleas, Emilios AvgouleasProfessor of International Banking Law and Finance at the University of Edinburgh; European Banking Authority Stakeholder Group
  • Kristin van Zweiten, Kristin van ZweitenClifford Chance Associate Professor of Law and Finance at Oxford University and a Fellow of Harris Manchester College
  • Theodor van SanteTheodor van SanteBarrister at 3 Verulam Building, Gray's Inn, London
  •  and Christoper HareChristoper HareTravers Smith Associate Professor of Corporate and Commercial Law at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Somerville College


This chapter discusses security in lending. Lending is in some cases unsecured, where the standing of the borrower is such that the banks cannot demand it or, because of the creditworthiness of the borrower, do not regard it as necessary. However, much international lending is now oriented towards particular projects, and security is taken. Security is often required so that the bank can recoup itself out of the collateral in the event of default. In relation to project financings, the security required by the banks will often be of a comprehensive nature; for example a fixed and floating charge, a charge over shares, a legal assignment of material contracts, and so on. With syndicated lending, the security might be granted in favour of a security trustee to hold to the benefit of the members of the lending syndicate. Within a corporate group, each member may contribute to the security, and there will be cross-guarantees.

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