Islamic finance—developments in 2014 and a look ahead to 2015

Islamic finance—developments in 2014 and a look ahead to 2015

To coincide with the release of an updated version of Division F1 ‘Islamic Financial Institutions and Islamic Finance’ in the Butterworths Encyclopaedia of Banking Law (September update (Issue 133)—see here), we spoke with the Editor of that Division, Dr Karim Aldohni about what 2014 has been like in the world of Islamic finance, and what 2015 might have in store.

What do you think has been the most important development within Islamic Finance during the past year?

At the international level, Islamic finance has expanded significantly to reach new international financial markets, where Sukuk, for instance, have become a recognisable product by markets’ participants and regulators around the globe.  At the UK level, there has been a clear shift in interest from retail Islamic banking to Islamic cap

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Meet Kate:

1. Banking & finance lawyer with experience in syndicated lending and project finance in London, Paris and Sydney

2. Likes yoga, DIY (although the output doesn’t generally reflect the input) and sunny climes

3. Thinks the law is very unlike how LA Law made it look

Kate is a solicitor specialising in banking and finance with particular emphasis on syndicated lending and project finance. She has acted for both borrowers and lenders on a wide range of finance transactions, often involving multiple jurisdictions.

Kate trained and qualified in the Debt and Derivative Securities team at Allen & Overy LLP. She later joined the Banking and Finance team at Freehills (now Herbert Smith Freehills) in Sydney. Most recently, she was in the Projects and Infrastructure team at Norton Rose LLP before joining LexisNexis. Kate is dual-qualified in England and Wales and New South Wales, Australia.