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A ‘sterling’ year for UK Islamic finance: 2017 in review

What a year it has been for Islamic finance in the UK. From the ever-growing retail banking sector to the booming fintech arena, from the sustained interest in real estate investment to continued developments in the regulatory space, the pace is...

Market Insights

Changes to ISM make London more attractive to Sukuk issuers

Farmida Bi, a partner at Norton Rose Fulbright, explains an important change in the new UK Finance Bill announced in November, which addresses a little-known tax disadvantage in the treatment of Islamic securities on the London Stock Exchange ). ...

Inward Investment

UK Treasury unveils new plans to promote Islamic asset management

In December 2017 HM Treasury published its Investment Management Strategy II Report, following on from the Investment Management Strategy launched in 2013. The strategy aims to create a renewed drive to strengthen the UK’s asset management brand,...

UK Abroad

UK builds on Gulf relationships for Islamic finance expansion

On the 10-13th December the new Lord Mayor of the City of London, Charles Bowman, led a business delegation to the Gulf in his first international visit since being sworn in. Visiting both Saudi Arabia and the UAE, the Lord Mayor discussed key...

Special Feature

Looking Ahead: What should the UK do to advance its Islamic finance ambitions?

The UK is going from strength to strength as global hub for Islamic finance, supported by its renowned and robust regulatory framework and deep pool of industry talent and commercial expertise. However, there is always room for growth and one of...


90 NORTH: A year in review

The allure of real estate for Islamic investors goes back a long way. Whilst equities and Sukuk will always be a significant part of a Shariah compliant investment portfolio, there is something about the bricks and mortar of real estate that...


SIMPLY ETHICAL: A year in review

STUART HUTTON of SIMPLY ETHICAL looks back at his own year within the ethical finance industry, and offers his predictions and recommendations for 2018. So, what did 2017 offer? Well, as usual, there were plenty of surprises for this year, as...


DDCAP: A year in review

UK Islamic Finance is delighted to welcome LAWRENCE OLIVER of DDCAP to outline the firm’s achievements in 2017. So, what did 2017 offer? 2017 was a year of strategic expansion for DDCAP. Our market focuses continued to expand geographically...

News Briefs

News Briefs

A brief but comprehensive summery of all the latest Islamic finance news with a direct impact on the UK market.