Islamic finance in South-east Asia
South-east Asia is a natural market for Shariah-compliant products. It is also one of the fastest growing regions in the world with considerable demand as well as capacity for investments and infrastructure spending. Islamic financing provides an alternative funding opportunity to conventional financing instruments, and has an inherent asset-based nature that makes it particularly suitable for the funding of infrastructure projects.
Commitment to development
We look at Islamic finance from multi-angled viewpoints and see the importance of a strong cross-disciplinary approach. Recognising the need for specialist legal expertise to structure robust and appropriate products, our Islamic Finance Practice comprises some of the leading practitioners in their respective fields. Regularly working closely with regulators, government departments and Shariah advisers, our team has represented our clients in a broad range of matters involving all or multiple aspects of Islamic law and finance, including banking, capital markets, investment funds, property, trust, tax, regulatory and compliance.
Our lawyers constantly find new ways to consider the issues that arise in structuring commercially-practical products and solutions for the Islamic finance market. We act for and advise leading Islamic financial institutions, large local and multinational corporations, funds, real estate investment trusts and business trusts.
At the forefront
Having achieved a number of firsts in the development of Islamic finance, we are committed to staying at the forefront of this unique area of practice. Our pioneering achievements include the first musharaka bond issue, the first publicly traded Shariah-compliant real estate investment trust fund and the first sukuk wakalah in Singapore. In addition, we advised on the first sukuk programmes established by Singapore governmental and commercial entities and were the first Singapore law firm to win an Islamic finance firm award for our legal work and contributions in this area.