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Islamic Finance

Mayer Brown has significant experience advising on various structures and arrangements for finance transactions that comply with Shari'ah principles.

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These transactions range from real estate finance, through to structured finance and derivatives, restructuring and capital markets transactions. We have advised on the development of Shari’ah-compliant structures for leveraged real estate investment funds, including the development of an alternative to the Ijara leasing structure as the basis for investment by a proposed Islamic Fund. We have also advised a number of Lloyd's underwriters and company market insurers on Shari'ah-compliant insurance and reinsurance (takaful and retakaful) arrangements.

Our team comprises experienced finance lawyers in Europe and Asia who have been at the forefront of structuring Islamic transactions including in Sukuk, Islamic funds and Islamic project finance structures. In addition to our work on Shari’ah-compliant finance structures, we also have broader experience of the operation of Shari’ah, including acting in arbitrations where the governing law was Shari’ah. With this broader experience, we can offer our clients an understanding of the application of Shari'ah principles that goes beyond arrangements and structures that have been developed to date.

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