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Date: 11th October 2018 Venue: PricewaterhouseCoopers , New York

Returning to the US for the fourth time, IFN Americas Forum 2018 will offer practitioners a unique chance to discover, discuss and dissect the opportunities for Islamic finance across some of the world’s most populous and influential countries.

Expanding for the first time in 2018 to incorporate the exciting prospects across Latin and South America as well as the US, the forum will host regulators, practitioners, investors and other interested parties to explore the newest developments across both continents.

Building on the success of previous years, and leveraging the business-friendly atmosphere of the new administration, the US has a flourishing Islamic investment sector offering an attractive location for Shariah compliant funds seeking a safe haven from domestic geopolitical risk. Despite the recent political turbulence, substantial opportunities still exist in the US for Islamic finance: especially in the real estate and asset management sectors and also embracing new potential developments including a possible Islamic bond issuance from the State of New York, a burgeoning market for Shariah compliant mortgages and a growing interest in retail Islamic banking services. On the flip side, a growing number of US investors are interested in Sukuk issuance from the Middle East, while US-based companies such as Wahed Invest, HalalSky and Guidance Residential are making waves in the pioneering space of Shariah compliant fintech solutions.

And it is not just the US that is offering new interest for the Islamic finance industry. South America has been quietly simmering away for some time now, and for 2018 IFN has taken the exciting decision to expand its Americas Forum to include the Southern and Latin American countries. One of the world’s biggest Halal meat exporters, Brazil in particular offers rich pickings for Islamic institutions – with numerous banks already offering Islamic financial products in the country (including Bank Nizwa, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ and First Abu Dhabi Bank (FADB, formerly operating as National Bank of Abu Dhabi)) as well as strong trade relationships with OIC countries including Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Indonesia. The IDB is also active in the region, as is the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector; and new IDB member countries Suriname and Guyana have also recently come to the fore – with the conversion of Suriname’s Trust Bank in 2016 to fully-fledged Islamic status underlining the opportunities in the region. A tripartite financing between the IDB, the Malaysian government and the Suriname government to stimulate rice production in 2016 also created a blueprint for further investment.

IFN Americas Forum 2018 will offer delegates exclusive access and insight into all these developments and more, exploring the lucrative opportunities inherent in the US and South American markets and encouraging both inward investment and external fund flows. An ideal networking opportunity, the forum will bring together key industry players, practitioners, asset managers and intermediaries for another innovative exploration of the Shariah compliant landscape.