It’s been quite a year for the Islamic capital markets, and with a line of landmark deals marching their way through the months of 2014 there can no longer be any doubt of the position the sector holds as the golden child of the Islamic finance industry.
The Shariah compliant capital markets this year have not only grown in terms of size and sophistication but have made strides in global reach, mainstream acceptance and investor demand.
Increasingly innovative structures to meet the complex treasury demands of both financial and corporate institutions have developed in the private sector, while on the sovereign side the debut offerings come from nations as diverse as the UK, Luxembourg, Pakistan, South Africa and Sharjah.
In our quarterly Capital Markets Guide we bring you a round up of the markets from all angles and aspects, and covering areas across the globe. From Africa to Asia, Europe to the Middle East and not forgetting the growing potential of the United States, the guide provides a comprehensive round-up of market activity throughout the year.
In addition, the results of our annual Islamic Investor Awards demonstrate just how competitive and sophisticated the industry has become — with a strong showing from all regions making the honors one of the most closely contested and prestigious battles of the year.
We wish all our readers a fruitful festive season and a productive start to 2015.