Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) has signed a landmark unsecured four-year dual-tranche revolving credit facility with an initial commitment of USD480mn and an accordion feature that allows the facility to be increased to up to USD800mn. The deal was one of the largest conventional/Islamic transactions in the region.
Hamid Butt, Head of Investment Banking at Noorbank sat down with Bonds & Loans at the Bonds, Loans & Sukuk 2018 conference in Dubai to talk about why sukuk is gaining mainstream acceptance from investors from outside the GCC.
Usman Ahmed, Managing Director at Emirates NBD Asset Management sat down with Bonds & Loans at the Bonds, Loans & Sukuk 2018 conference in Dubai to talk about the growth of the asset management segment in the GCC.
Martin Egan, Vice Chairman of Global Markets at BNP Paribas sat down with Bonds & Loans at the Bonds, Loans & Sukuk 2018 conference in Dubai to talk about the GCC debt capital markets pipeline, the delicate balance between oil price and regional volatility for investors, and potential replacements for LIBOR.
Malaysia is currently in the midst of significant political change, and the country’s borrowers seem optimistic about the renewed urgency around fiscal reform. We speak with Andy Leong Chain Hong, CFO of SkyWorld Development Group, a leading property developer in Malaysia, about the direction of the economy following the country’s landmark elections, and discuss the company’s pioneering Musharakah sukuk.
The Saudi real estate developer continues to be one of the most active corporates on the GCC Islamic finance markets, with its latest USD500mn sukuk pushing the total value of the company’s Shariah-compliant instruments listed on Nasdaq Dubai to USD1.85bn. Bonds & Loans speaks with Mika Toivola, Chief Financial Officer, Finance Group, Dar Al-Arkan, about the latest trends in the sector and the company’s funding plans.
Participants at an exclusive Sovereign Sukuk Roundtable hosted by Bonds & Loans and Emirates NBD Capital were upbeat about the benefits sukuk bring for both borrowers and investors, but concerns around thin liquidity, a lack of standards, and regulatory uncertainty have prompted difficult questions about the outlook for the asset class.
With demand for sukuk rising steadily in recent years, Bonds & Loans speaks with Dato’ Mohamed Rafique Merican, Group Head and Islamic Banking CEO at Maybank Islamic Berhad, about the risks and opportunities in the market, green sukuk, and the growing involvement of Asian investors in MENA debt markets.
Indonesia navigated a challenging and volatile market to place a USD3bn dual-tranche green sukuk, which will go towards supporting the country’s efforts to combat climate change.
Gulf sovereigns tapped the debt market on an unprecedented scale over the past couple of years as banking liquidity tightened and the hunt for yield pushed investors into new territory, setting the stage for more non-financial corporate bond issuance and a huge funding culture shift among the region’s enterprises. But there may be reason to believe what began to be seen as a funding revolution in the region could be stopped in its tracks.
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