The court referred to article 6:193a Dutch Civil Code, which defines a commercial practice. The court stated that this definition cannot be interpreted in a restricted way, as the provision would then lose its meaning. Accordingly, the court concluded that the obligation to provide material information equally applies during the execution of an agreement. The court added that this interpretation is in complaince with article 3, 1 of the UCP Directive.
The court considered that the plaintiff did not provide the bondholders with material information concerning the financial and legal position of the plaintiff. Plaintiff omitted material information that the average consumer, the bondholder, needed to take an informed transactional decision and thereby caused or was likely to cause the average consumer to take a transactional decision that he would not have taken otherwise.
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