The SWIFT MT 760 format is a viable option - one utilized frequently in a wide range of financial transactions, not simply private placement programs. That said, the use of this procedure raises a number of issues of critical importance. Clients considering utilizing this format, therefore, should exercise a measure of caution and restraint. Let's examine some of these issues in turn... Analysis: 1) Nature of SWIFT A SWIFT MT 760 is a bank-responsible guarantee issued by the sender bank, upon instructions of its account holder, in favour of a particular transaction or counter-party. Since banks never put their own money at risk, the clients funds are "blocked" by the bank, and held by the bank as security (collateral) for the issuance of the SWIFT. The SWIFT MT 760, therefore, is more than just an inter-bank message - it is a full-blown cash-backed negotiable instrument! 2) Text The SWIFT MT 760 comes in a variety of shapes and sizes, depending on the precise text employed by the sending bank in the field specifications, particularly Field 77C. When offered a SWIFT MT 760 procedure by a Trade Group, clients should request the complete text of the SWIFT MT 760 message so there can be no "surprises" later on. And don't settle for a watered-down "broker" version of the text; the precise language of the field specifications is of critical importance. 3) Availability U.S. Banks (and some banks in the Far East) have shown a general unwillingness to issue a SWIFT MT 760. Before you can commit to any proposed transaction, therefore, you will need to first confirm that your bank will take instructions to issue the SWIFT message. And if your bank won't cooperate, you may wish to move your funds out of the bank to a more accommodating financial institution! 4) Cost Keep in mind that the bank charges for issuance of a SWIFT MT 760 are not insubstantial. And this is where we will pick up our discussion next week... ____________________________ TO BE CONTINUED ____________________________ Tamika Edmond CEO Edmond Consulting Group, LLC firstname.lastname@example.org Our "core business" is exclusively in the private placement arena. We sponsor various private placement opportunities for high net-worth "quality" clients, utilizing a wide range of banks, formats and procedures. The private placements are conducted quietly and discreetly - and at a very high level in the business. We also offer business colleagues and friends a monthly "newsletter" setting out information and updates concerning our private placement opportunities. If you wish to receive our newsletter, just send us your email address and tell us a little about yourself - and we would be happy to add you to our "mailing list".