3 - Security in movables in the United States – Uniform Commercial Code Article 9: a basis for comparison  pp. 54-80


By Harry C. Sigman

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The purpose of this chapter is to provide the reader with an opportunity to compare movables security law in Europe, particularly this volume's discussion of its common core, with the corresponding body of law in the United States. This chapter will describe the approach taken in the US, an approach that has already had significant influence beyond the borders, ranging from a substantially complete adoption in virtually all of the provinces of Canada, to visible impact in the formulation of the EBRD Model Law on Secured Transactions (1994), the United Nations Convention on Assignment of Receivables in International Trade (approved by the General Assembly in 2001), the UNIDROIT Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment (recently approved at the diplomatic conference in Cape Town), and the OAS Model Inter-American Law on Secured Transactions (recently approved at the sixth Inter-American Specialized Conference on Private International Law) and to direct or indirect influence on contemporary reform legislation in New Zealand, Eastern Europe, Mexico and elsewhere.

Article 9, part of the Uniform Commercial Code (“UCC”), is a substantial piece of legislation, first enacted in the early 1950s, that seeks to facilitate financing secured by “personal property” (i.e., movables, whether tangible or intangible, as distinct from “real property”, i.e., land and buildings) by making such financing more efficient, economical and widely available.

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