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Africa: An Uncertain Future?

As the global economy experiences unprecedented shifts, Africa’s time to shine draws closer. Economic pundits are ready to place their bets on this emerging market despite decades of civil unrest, tribal clashes and political and economic turmoil overshadowing this vast and ancient continent’s true economic potential. Although still unable to free itself from the shackles of corruption and poverty, a self-perpetuating cycle, the success of the African economy currently rests on its ability to attract multinational corporations and foreign direct investments from Asia and Europe. Over the last ten years,...
Wednesday, 01 Aug 2012

The Civil Law Chokehold

The 2012 Islamic Finance news Law Supplement features a behind-the-scenes look at the legal fraternity and explores fundamental issues such as team size and pricing and how they influence client choices. We also gain insight on Decree 57, the new insolvency law in the UAE announced in the first half of the year. In our cover story, we take an objective look at the advantages and disadvantages of a Civil and Common legal system, and explore the jurisdictions which have felt the most impact from these arrangements in terms of...
Sunday, 01 Jul 2012

The Takaful and Re-Takaful Industry

Although the Takaful industry has seen double digit growth since 2010 according to reports, it still suffers from a lack of penetration in supposedly vibrant markets, and is still performing at what is considered to be lackluster levels. Saudi Arabia remains by far the largest Takaful market, contributing US$4.3 billion or 51.8% of the industry at an average contribution per operator of US$141 million. Malaysia, considered one of the largest markets in the Islamic capital market space, grew 24% to reach contributions of US$1.4 billion at an average contribution per...
Tuesday, 01 May 2012

Deals of The Year 2012 Handbook

In the Islamic Finance news Deals of the Year 2011 handbook, we document the most groundbreaking and innovative deals from the last year: from issuers who boldly entered the market despite the overall dour economic outlook. The case studies documented in the Deals of the Year 2011 handbook represent the best deals in Islamic finance throughout the year, and aim to serve as a guide for future issuers and investors looking for the most optimal structures in today’s investment environment.  
Thursday, 01 Mar 2012

IFN Annual Guide 2012

In this year’s annual guide, we take a comprehensive and timely look at the Islamic finance industry: covering the Islamic capital markets along with key growth sectors such as Takaful and project finance. We traverse the globe with articles from prominent industry players involved in enhancing the Islamic finance sector in their respective jurisdictions. We trust you will find our seventh annual IFN Guide useful in gaining an overall perspective of the industry, and hope it will serve as a comprehensive and educational investment guide.      View PDF Edition 
Wednesday, 01 Feb 2012

Middle East: The Rise of Dual Tranche Bonds

The December IFN Supplement will focus on the Middle East Islamic markets and issuer and investor activity across all jurisdictions in the region.  All eyes are increasingly focused on the Middle East markets, with jurisdictions such as the UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain ramping up their Islamic finance activity to cater to growing market demand. Investors are also becoming increasingly comfortable with doing business in the region with the opening up of the markets, steady GDP growth and import-export activity, high liquidity levels, the region’s growing relations with Asia...
Thursday, 01 Dec 2011

Sukuk and the Islamic Capital Markets: The Story So Far

The November IFN Supplement will focus on Sukuk and the global Islamic capital markets. In this issue, we take a comprehensive look at Islamic capital market activity across the globe and address issues of structuring and liquidity; along with the components that make up the Islamic capital markets via interviews, features and roundtables.  The cover story will focus on the growth and development of the global Islamic capital market industry from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, with an eye on the latest regulatory changes and tax reforms, infrastructure growth and development, structural...
Tuesday, 01 Nov 2011

Asia: The next frontier

Already dubbed as the potential savior to the world’s financial woes, the Asian economy is emerging at a phenomenal pace, while maintaining a robust fiscal position amid the financial rubble in the west. NAZNEEN HALIM explores the exotic and untapped opportunities in the region and uncovers the latest emerging markets according to industry opinions. By 2015, it is anticipated that emerging markets will constitute 41% of the global GDP; almost triple the amount in 1987. As opposed to the developed markets — predominantly those of North America and Europe, Asia...
Saturday, 01 Oct 2011

Islamic Investor: Equities Vs. Commodities

One of the biggest and most influential markets in the Islamic financial industry, Asia is a constantly evolving market, with a prudent regulatory environment and the birthplace of innovation. This annual supplement will chart its furious growth and provide up-to-date coverage on the latest in the Asian Islamic financial markets via features, the Islamic Investor reports and features.     View PDF Edition
Thursday, 01 Sep 2011

Africa: The sleeping giant

The August IFN Supplement will focus on Africa, home to the world’s most resource-rich nations, and considered a strong emerging market for Islamic finance. Recognized for its wealth in commodities and raw materials, Africa is fast becoming a significant player in the financial realm, including Islamic finance. The latest development in its Islamic capital markets and investment space will be comprehensively covered in this report. Countries such as Kenya, Nigeria, Egypt and South Africa are visibly increasing their commitment to growing their respective Islamic banking and investment space, and are...
Monday, 01 Aug 2011

The Law: Big Vs Small

In our Cover Story, we question what matters most to corporate clients in making the crucial decision of representation. Could an individual lawyer’s track record trump a household name? Or are clients more inclined to stick to big name players? We speak to lawyers and their clients and observe the considerations involved in the all-important selection process.  We also take a retrospective look at the 2009 defaults and dissect the restructuring process which posed a new challenge all together to Islamic finance lawyers. Industry practitioners also reveal the intricacies behind...
Friday, 01 Jul 2011

Islamic Finance News Awards Deals of The Year 2010 Handbook

This handbook serves as a comprehensive review of the world’s best, most innovative and complex Islamic structures ever seen. It will uncover the secrets and mechanics behind these deals. The issuers, the arrangers, the lawyers, the investors, what requirements the issuer had, why this structure, how it was put together, challenges faced, how it was accomplished and the lessons learned. Each transaction is exclusively portrayed in the form of a case study. In addition, each will be accompanied by an Islamic Finance news condensed term sheet – another exclusive. View...
Tuesday, 01 Mar 2011

IFN Annual Guide 2011

In this sixth edition of the Islamic Finance news Guide, we provide you with the industry’s most comprehensive and authoritative review of 2010 and preview of 2011. With 20 exclusively authored industry sector and market reports you can be assured there’s plenty to cover. Read up on what leading industry practitioners foresee the year to be. Included within these pages are the full results of the Islamic Finance news Awards Deals of the Year and Polls 2010. View PDF Edition
Saturday, 01 Jan 2011

Asia 2010

Available now is the IFN Asia 2010 Annual Report, a full review of the 5th IFN 2010 Issuers and Investors Asia Forum, which was held from the 25th to the 28th October 2010. This year’s IFN Asia Forum was hosted together with the Global Islamic Finance Forum (GIFF) which is held once every two years. In this publication you will find detailed summaries of all the forum sessions that took place throughout the event.   View PDF Edition
Friday, 01 Oct 2010

Leading Lawyers Report 2010

Based on a survey conducted with key industry practitioners and issuers, this report recognizes the individual lawyers and law firms that are regarded as the best in their respective fields within the Islamic finance space. In addition to highlighting the leading lawyers, this unique publication has also compiled a range of reports on various sectors of Islamic finance. These include real estate, dispute resolution, offshore finance, securitization, transportation finance, Shariah funds amongst others. In fact, many of the voted lawyers have chosen to include their professional profiles within these pages....
Thursday, 01 Jul 2010

IFN Research Reports: Takaful & re-Takaful 2010

This report covers the opportunities within the bancatakaful industry while TATA Consultancy Services shares their perspective of managing surplus in Takaful.    View PDF Edition  
Monday, 03 May 2010

Islamic Finance News Awards Deals of The Year 2009 Handbook

This handbook serves as a comprehensive review of the world’s best, most innovative and complex Islamic structures ever seen. It will uncover the secrets and mechanics behind these deals. The issuers, the arrangers, the lawyers, the investors, what requirements the issuer had, why this structure, how it was put together, challenges faced, how it was accomplished and the lessons learned. Each transaction is exclusively portrayed in the form of a case study. In addition, each will be accompanied by an Islamic Finance news condensed term sheet – another exclusive. View...
Monday, 01 Mar 2010

IFN Annual Guide 2010

In this fifth edition of the Islamic Finance news Guide, we provide you with the industry’s most comprehensive and authoritative review of 2009 and preview of 2010. With 24 exclusively authored industry sector and market reports you can be assured there’s plenty to cover. Read up on what leading industry practitioners foresee the year to be. Included within these pages are the full results of the Islamic Finance news Deals of the Year and Polls 2009. View PDF Edition
Friday, 01 Jan 2010

Asia 2009

Available now is the IFN Asia 2009 Annual Report, a full review of the 4th IFN 2009 Issuers and Investors Asia Forum (rebranded from MIF Forum), which was held from the 3rd to the 5th August 2009. In this publication you will find detailed summaries of all the forum sessions that took place throughout the three-day event. This year also saw the introduction of the Takaful Day. Some of the industry’s most respected and experienced individuals have contributed exclusive articles focusing on the Islamic capital market in Asia.    View...
Thursday, 01 Oct 2009

Leading Lawyers Report 2009

This report, the latest Islamic Finance news supplement, is based on a survey which recognizes the individuals and law firms that are regarded as the best in their respective fields within the Islamic finance space. In addition to highlighting the leading lawyers, this first-of-its-kind publication has also compiled a range of reports on various sectors of Islamic finance. These include real estate, dispute resolution, offshore activities, securitization, transportation finance, Shariah funds amongst others. In fact, many of the voted lawyers have chosen to include their professional profiles within these pages....
Wednesday, 01 Jul 2009

Islamic Finance News Awards Deals of The Year 2008 Handbook

This handbook serves as a comprehensive review of the world’s best, most innovative and complex Islamic structures ever seen. It will uncover the secrets and mechanics behind these deals. The issuers, the arrangers, the lawyers, the investors, what requirements the issuer had, why this structure, how it was put together, challenges faced, how it was accomplished and the lessons learned. Each transaction is exclusively portrayed in the form of a case study. In addition, each will be accompanied by an Islamic Finance news condensed term sheet – another exclusive.  View...
Sunday, 01 Mar 2009

IFN Annual Guide 2009

In this fourth edition of the Islamic Finance news Guide, we provide you with the industry’s most comprehensive and authoritative review of 2008 and preview of 2009. With 26 exclusively authored industry sector and market reports you can be assured there’s plenty to cover. Read up on what leading industry practitioners foresee the year to be. Included within these pages are the full results of the Islamic Finance news Deals of the Year and Polls 2008, both of which were carried out in December.    View PDF Edition
Thursday, 01 Jan 2009

Islamic Private Equity Fund

Islamic investors have been hesitant to take up private equity investments despite the nature of its concepts of risk, and profit or loss sharing which align the basics of the private equity markets with Shariah principles. However, this has changed in recent times. Paul Wouters delves into the subject and provides an insight into the rationale of cooperation and convergence between (conventional) private equity finance and the Islamic investor.    View PDF Edition  
Wednesday, 29 Oct 2008

Mif 2008 Annual Report

Available now is the MIF 2008 Annual Report, a full review of the third Malaysian Islamic Finance (MIF) 2008 Issuers and Investors Forum, which was held from the 11th to the 13th August 2008. In this publication you will find detailed summaries of all the forum sessions that took place throughout the three-day event. Some of the industry’s most respected and experienced individuals have contributed exclusive articles focusing on the Islamic capital market in Malaysia. Other highlights include a full roundup of all newsworthy stories since January 2008, performance league...
Wednesday, 01 Oct 2008

Islamic Finance news Asset & Wealth Management Guide 2008

This guide examines trends in the asset and wealth management markets whilst providing exclusive practitioner insights into various sectors within the market. Besides being the first of its kind, this is the perfect guide for those who are advising retail, institutional or sovereign investors, on equity investments, emerging market investments, Takaful and alternative investment vehicles, managing risk and legal structures to read on further.    View PDF Edition  
Thursday, 01 May 2008

Islamic Finance News Awards Deals of The Year 2007 Handbook

This handbook serves as a comprehensive review of the world’s best, most innovative and complex Islamic structures ever seen. It will uncover the secrets and mechanics behind these deals. The issuers, the arrangers, the lawyers, the investors, what requirements the issuer had, why this structure, how it was put together, challenges faced, how it was accomplished and the lessons learned. Each transaction is exclusively portrayed in the form of a case study. In addition, each will be accompanied by an Islamic Finance news condensed term sheet – another exclusive.  View...
Saturday, 01 Mar 2008

IFN Annual Guide 2008

In this third edition of the Islamic Finance news Guide, we provide you with the industry’s most comprehensive and authoritative review of 2007 and preview of 2008. With 25 exclusively authored industry sector and market reports you can be assured there’s plenty to read. We also have the full results of the Islamic Finance news Deals of the Year and Polls 2007, both of which were carried out in December. League tables, a full review of the stories from 2007, the industry’s largest terminology glossary and much more are all...
Tuesday, 01 Jan 2008

Islamic Finance news Takaful Guide 2007

This A5 guide serves as a comprehensive overview of the global Takaful industry, focusing on latest trends, issues, challenges and most importantly, how do the Takaful players foresee the market to be this year. Read exclusive articles and country reports from the industry's biggest players!    View PDF Edition  
Wednesday, 01 Aug 2007

Islamic Finance news Bahrain Report 2007

The inaugural Bahrain Report 2007 was published in conjunction with the 2nd International Islamic Financial Markets conference which was held in June 2007 under the auspices of the International Islamic Financial Market, the Islamic Development Bank, the Central Bank of Bahrain and the Bahrain Economic Development Board. The Islamic Finance news Bahrain Report 2007 includes a full review of the conference just past, interviews, articles, reports, case studies, league tables and a comprehensive review of the major happenings in the Bahrain Islamic capital markets. This report has become the market’s...
Tuesday, 03 Jul 2007

Islamic Finance news Legal Guide 2007

As the Islamic finance industry continues to mature, so will the legal industry. The 2nd edition of the Islamic Finance news Legal Guide 2007 continues to be the leading guide of law firms specialized in the Islamic finance industry and as a comprehensive overview of the developments in the legal system, practitioners view on the booming sectors, case studies on numerous ground breaking deals and country reports.    View PDF Edition  
Monday, 02 Jul 2007

Islamic Finance news Awards Deals of the Year 2006 Handbook

This handbook serves as a comprehensive review of the world’s best, most innovative and complex Islamic structures ever seen. It will uncover the secrets and mechanics behind these deals. The issuers, the arrangers, the lawyers, the investors, what requirements the issuer had, why this structure, how it was put together, challenges faced, how it was accomplished and the lessons learned. Each transaction is exclusively portrayed in the form of a case study. In addition, each will be accompanied by an Islamic Finance news condensed term sheet – another exclusive.  View...
Thursday, 01 Mar 2007

IFN Annual Guide 2007

In this the second edition of the Islamic Finance news Guide, we provide you with the industry’s most comprehensive and authoritative review of 2006 and preview of 2007. With 32 exclusively authored industry sector and market reports you can be assured there’s plenty to read. We also have the full results of the Islamic Finance news Deals of the Year and Best Islamic Banks Poll for 2006, both of which were carried out during December. League tables, a full review of the stories from 2006, the industry’s largest terminology glossary...
Monday, 01 Jan 2007

Islamic Finance news Legal Guide 2006

Issuers, Investors and other Financial Intermediaries all require legal assistance. Who do they talk to? Which firms cover which sectors? Who do they call for cross-border transactions? Who has relevant experience? Islamic Finance news Legal Guide 2006 is the only guide available focusing on Law firms with Islamic finance as an area of specialization. Exclusive editorial, directory and much more will ensure that this guide is a must read for everyone involved in Islamic finance.    View PDF Edition  
Saturday, 01 Jul 2006

IFN Annual Guide 2006

This annual A4 guide will focus on the rapidly changing world of Islamic finance and act as a Review of 2005 and a Preview for 2006. We will focus on the industry at large, what changes have been witnessed during 2005, the major and groundbreaking deals, the key players, the new players, the industry’s emerging markets, product development, the industry Associations and Boards, Government involvement, what to look out for next and much much more.    View PDF Edition  
Wednesday, 01 Feb 2006