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Date: 5th September 2018 Venue: Mansion House, London

Following on from the success of 2017, IFN Europe Forum once again returns to London – this time for a full week of activities in conjunction with leading European regulators, global standard-setters, world leaders and UK and European Islamic finance practitioners.

Working closely with the UK authorities and hosted in tandem with the UK government’s annual Global Islamic Financial Investment Group, the event will comprise a full one-day event covering all the latest developments and key topics in Europe’s Islamic finance landscape; along with a series of additional events, breakout sessions and focus groups throughout the following week to bring together leading practitioners and drill down into the nuts and bolts of doing business in Europe. Across an array of sectors from real estate and fintech to human capital, education and regulation, the Islamic Finance Week will shine a spotlight on the latest opportunities in the region and how to take advantage of them.

European markets have continued to demonstrate a strong commitment to Islamic finance with an emphasis on growing the Islamic investment industry. In addition to real estate investment funds, Europe is also a vibrant market for alternative investment funds, private equity, retail, hedge funds and SRI investing. While the UK has made strides forwards with its supportive regulatory environment, attractive Sukuk listing location and booming real estate market, other countries are also making their mark. Luxembourg continues to be a key platform for Shariah compliant funds while also pioneering the green finance movement, while France is making leaps and bounds in the Islamic fintech arena and Germany continues its headway into the retail banking space. And of course, the exclusive announcement from the UK government at IFN Europe Forum 2017 regarding the reissuance in 2019 of its GBP200 million (US$264.1 million) Sukuk refocuses attention on the European capital markets, and how they can leverage sovereign support to kick-start corporate issuance.

IFN London: Islamic Finance Week 2018 is expected to gather participants from across Europe, Asia and the Middle East and will encompass everything related to the continent’s growing Islamic finance industry, attracting a truly global audience with a focus on central issues and latest developments.



09:00 – 09:05 Welcome Remarks
09:05 – 09:20 Keynote Address
09:20 – 10:20 Mega Trends: Global and Regional Influencers for Islamic Finance and Investment
We examine and discuss key issues and themes influencing global Islamic finance and investment including political risk, the performance of the UK and European Islamic banking sector in the coming year, regulatory and supervisory frameworks, green finance and the ascendancy of FinTech – what will offer opportunity and what will disrupt? What is the latest assessment of Brexit and what does the panel expect to be the implications and opportunities for Islamic finance and investment?
10:20 – 11:00 Growth and Development of Islamic Capital Markets: Highlights and Opportunities
We discuss significant developments in domestic and overseas capital markets, including home purchase plan-backed securitisation programs in the UK and the Saudi Arabian syndicated loan program. We also discuss the opportunities for listings and important issues such as the Shariah-compliance of tradable debt instruments, ratings, and the development and deepening of domestic Islamic secondary markets.
Moderator: Khalid Howladar – Managing Director and Founder, Acreditus
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee and Networking
11:30 – 11:50 Hard Issues
Through a short, concise interview, we step outside the comfort zone and ask the tough questions the industry wants to hear.
11:50 – 12:30 Liquidity Issues and Supervision of Islamic Financial Institutions in Western Europe
What does the advancement of technology mean for financial institutions in Malaysia and the Asian region? What role will cryptocurrencies play in the global Islamic finance industry and will asset-linked coins feature in the corporate fundraising process? We assess the latest developments in fintech and analyze likely industry shifts, regulation and developments in product and delivery channels.
12:30 – 12:45 Presentation
12:45 – 14:00 Luncheon
14:00 – 14:40 Fintech, Cryptocurrencies and Initial Coin Offerings
We discuss the role of fintech and ICOs in today's banking and capital raising environments. What are the latest approaches to incorporating coin offerings and cryptocurrencies into developed regulatory frameworks? We assess the latest developments in fintech and analyse likely industry shifts, regulation and developments in product and delivery channels
14:40 – 15:20 Stewardship, Responsible Investing and the Asset Management Industry: Opportunities for Islamic Finance and Investment
We examine responsible, ethical investment, green finance in the UK and Europe, and identify the prospects for Islamic finance and investment to thrive in this active sector. What are Green bonds and Sukuk and how do they present a financing option for companies and industries focused on renewable and sustainable activities?
15:20 – 15:30 Presentation
15:30 – 16:30 Talking Islamic Asset Management
Through an experienced panel we discuss asset management in the UK and Western Europe. What’s next for real estate investment funds and REITs? Is there a bubble in private equity and should Islamic investors be wary of this as an asset class? Do Waqf-like structures provide an opportunity for the UK asset management industry? We also examine the potential for structured Shariah-compliant real estate investment into and out of the UK and Europe.
16.30 End of Forum






The Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD)
International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation
The Islamic Solidarity Fund for Development (ISFD) IDB Group Business Forum (THIQAH) 


90 North Real Estate Partners
Islamic Finance Advisory & Assurance Services
Luxembourg for Finance
Moody's Investors Service
Rosette Merchant Bank


Luxembourg for Finance


Islamic Finance news
IFN Corporate
UK Islamic Finance


AlHuda Centre of Islamic Banking and Economics
Focus Economics
Global Business Magazine & News
Oxford Business Group
SME Magazine





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