Islamic Finance in Europe: Regulatory Advancements, Growth Potential and Investment Opportunities

Date: 26th June 2014 Venue: DoubleTree by Hilton, Luxembourg

Press Release

26th JUNE 2014


Islamic Finance news Europe Forum 2014

Held in the prestigious financial hub of Luxembourg, the IFN Europe Forum 2014 will bring together the industry’s most experienced practitioners in a series of intriguing and interactive discussions encompassing all aspects of Islamic finance in the region.

Currently the fourth IFN Europe Forum and the eighth annual IFN event in Europe, the intellectual affair will feature all characteristics of the developing Islamic financial sector throughout the continent. As Asian and Middle Eastern Shariah investors continue to seek new opportunities, Europe offers the ideal solution. Countries including Luxembourg, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey and the UK have all welcomed the Islamic financing industry, and continue to develop regulations to enable a level playing field.

With both Luxembourg and the UK on the verge of issuing sovereign Sukuk, interest towards Islamic finance in the region has exponentially increased. On the back of the industry’s sustained growth and improving global traction, many new and perhaps more unexpected markets such as Scotland, the Czech Republic and the Balkans have also taken steps to engage with the industry.

The forum this year will kick off with an opening keynote address by Pierre Gramegna, Luxembourg’s Minister of Finance; and Robert Scharfe, CEO of the Luxembourg Stock Exchange. This will be followed by comprehensive sessions covering investment strategies in Europe, a European transaction roundtable, tax and regulatory issues, Islamic investment funds in the region and key asset classes attracting foreign investments into Europe.

An exclusive Luxembourg Dialogue, an invite-only roundtable event, will also take place: comprising senior regulators, a select group of international representatives and market leaders within the Islamic finance industry in Luxembourg. The closed door meeting will focus specifically on Luxembourg’s bid to become a leading Islamic investment destination. A summary of the discussion will be made available to delegates attending the main forum on the 26th June 2014.

Through the support from global financial regulators and government bodies such as Luxembourg for Finance, the Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry, IFSB, AAOIFI and IIFM, the IFN Europe Forum 2014 will provide an unprecedented insight into the developments of Islamic finance all across Europe.

Speakers confirmed for this event are:

Abradat Kamalpour - Partner, Ashurst, United Kingdom
Alain Pithon - Secretary General, Paris Europlace, France
Anouar Hassoune - Economist and Strategist for MENA, The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, United Arab Emirates
Ashraf Ammar - Senior Manager, Deloitte
Asim Khan - Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, Khalij Islamic, United Kingdom
Aydar Mukhametzyanov - Managing Director, Investment Business & International Banking, AK BARS Bank
Ayman A Khaleq - Partner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius
Badlisyah Abdul Ghani - Chief Executive Officer, CIMB Islamic, Malaysia
Bishr Shiblaq - Head, Dubai Representative Office, Arendt & Medernach, Dubai
Catherine Woo - Investment Director, UK & Europe, State Government of Victoria, Australia
David Testa - Chief Executive Officer, Armila Capital, United Kingdom
Dr Dominic Selwood - General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer, Arabesque Asset Management
Harris Irfan - Managing Director, European Islamic Investment Bank, United Kingdom
Jaseem Ahmed - Secretary General, Islamic Financial Services Board
John A Sandwick - General Manager, Safa Investment Services, Switzerland
Jonathan Grosvenor - General Manager, Global Financial Markets, KBL European Private Bankers, Luxembourg
Kader Merbouh - Special Advisor on Islamic Finance, Paris Europlace, France
Lutfije Aktan - Director, Audit, Asset Management, KPMG Luxembourg
Dr Mahnoosh Mirghaemi - Managing Director, GlobIQ, Switzerland
Marcus Peter - Partner, Bonn & Schmitt, Luxembourg
Dr Markus E Fischer - Member of the Executive Board, Finances, FWU Group
Massoud Janekeh - Head of Islamic Capital Markets, Bank of London and The Middle East, United Kingdom
Neil Miller - Global Head of Islamic Finance, Linklaters
Nicolas Limbourg - Chief Executive Officer, Vitis Life, Luxembourg
Noel Lourdes - Executive Director, Amanie Advisors, Ireland
Paul Devonshire - Director, Pramerica Real Estate Investors, Germany
Philip Churchill - Founder Partner, 90 North Real Estate Partners, United Kingdom
Pierre Gramegna - Minister of Finance, Luxembourg
Pierre Oberle - Business Development Manager, Association of the Luxembourg Funds Industry (ALFI)
Rachid Ouaich - Managing Director, eethiq Advisors, Luxembourg
Robert Scharfe - Chief Executive Officer, Luxembourg Stock Exchange
Samer Hijazi - Director, Financial Services Practice KPMG, United Kingdom
Stefano Padovani - Partner, NCTM, Italy
Stella Cox - Managing Director, DDCAP Group, United Kingdom
Sufian Bataineh - Counsel, OPF Partners, Luxembourg
Torsten Böhler - Managing Director, Abacus Emerging Markets, United Kingdom
Ugurlu Soylu - Managing Director, Kuveyt Turk, Germany
Valentine Baudouin - Associate, Kramer Levin, France
Professor Dr Volker Nienhaus - Visiting Professor, Henley Business School, University of Reading, United Kingdom

For more information, please contact Florence Loo: +603 2162 7800 ext. 43 or email You can also visit

We look forward to welcoming you to IFN Europe Forum 2014!

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Islamic Finance news (IFN) is the company’s principal publication. IFN is a digital, subscription-based publication available online and through smartphone and tablet applications. Published weekly, the journal provides exclusive and comprehensive coverage of the global Islamic financial markets through in-house analysis and expert external contributions; in addition to a daily news service, additional quarterly supplements and a variety of special annual issues.

Differentiated by a decade of trusted relationships across the industry, IFN is able to leverage an unrivalled network of contacts and connections to provide unparalleled insight into the issues affecting global Shariah compliant markets: along with in-house analysis, news, interviews, reports, industry and sector data, and much more.

With an archived website containing over 60,000 exclusive reports, the IFN portfolio also hosts a suite of proprietary tools including the industry’s largest interactive terminology glossary, a directory of over 4,000 global Islamic financial institutions and a portal to Islamic Banking Intelligence, the most comprehensive source of segmented Islamic banking financial data.