Assignment of Proceeds

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Definition

Assignment of Proceeds. It is a legal mechanism by which the beneficiary of a letter of credit may pledge the proceeds of future drawings to a third party. Assigning proceeds involves giving the letter of credit to a financial institution, which holds the letter of credit until drawn upon, along with irrevocable instructions to the financial institution to disburse proceeds,when generated, in a specified way (such as pay 40 percent of each drawing to XXX Corporation). The financial institution acknowledges the assignment to the assignee. It does not have any obligation to pay any funds to the assignee unless the letter of credit is drawn upon by the beneficiary and payment is received from the issuing or confirming financial institution. An assignment of proceeds is not an assignment or transfer of the letter of credit and the assignee acquires no rights to perform under the letter of credit in order to generate funds.

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