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A Welcome from the Forum Moderator
Alberto Brugnoni, Director General, ASSAIF

The SUKUK Forum is the first international event ever to address solely this immensley important industry and its phenomenal growth in recent years. With just under a month left to this important gathering, the Forum atmosphere is electric, with participation from industry stalwarts ranging from the DIFX to Investment Dar. I hope you will be able to join us at the most important SUKUK industry event this year and I look forward to welcoming Middle East Business Forum

Members to the Forum
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Dr Alberto Brugnoni
Forum Moderator
Per E Larsson, Chief Executive, DIFX
The Dubai International Financial Exchange (DIFX) is playing a key role in the rapid growth of Sukuk as a prominent asset class, because of its location and its international standards. These have enabled the DIFX to attract a larger listed value of Sukuk than any other exchange. The Sukuk Forum will make a timely and important contribution to understanding future trends
and developments in the industry.
Per E Larsson
Cheif Executive
In my estimation the size of Sukuk in the future will represent more than 10 times the size of equity traded in GCC. As such the Sukuk Forum has been timed perfectly
to explore this growing phenomena.
Ayman Sejiny
Board Member
Unicorn Investment Bank
Michael Gassner, Marketing, PR & Sales Strategy Advisor, Sanad Sukuk Fund
Sanad Sukuk Fund
The SUKUK Forum should encourage more issuers to take their plans forward. We need Sukuk, we need to have a complete yield curve with a variety of credit qualities and even more diversification in terms of currencies. Finally each Muslim investor should be able to buy Sukuk or
Sukuk funds to create an efficient portfolio.
Michael Gassner
Marketing, PR & Sales Strategy Advisor
Sanad Sukuk Fund
Nadim Khan, Partner, Herbert Smith
Herbert Smith
What we are seeing at the moment is a virtuous circle in which the availability of a growing number of Sukuk products is bringing more investors to the market, attracted by the choice now on offer. This expanding investor base is creating opportunities for a much wider Sukuuk issuer base which is in turn encouraging product innovation. It is
becoming a very healthy and competitive market
Nadim Khan
Herbert Smith
Mohammed Amin, Partner, PWC
The UK Government has recently recognised the importance of sukuk to the Islamic capital markets by introducing legislation to clarify the treatment of sukuk for UK tax purposes. A well designed UK regulatory and tax framework for sukuk could enable London to become the
global hub for wholesale Islamic financial transactions.
Mohammed Amin
Majid Dawood, Chief Executive Officer, Yasaar
With the current development and likely growth in Sukuk issuance globally, the Sukuk Forum is a timely event to enable the various players in this asset class to interact and engage in dialogue to develop this sector of
Islamic finance further to benefit the industry
Majid Dawood
Chief Executive Officer
Paul McNamara, Editor, Banker ME & Sukuk Insider
Banker ME & Sukuk Insider
Every year since 2000 has seen the level of Sukuk issuance increase across the globe. 2006 was the biggest of the lot and yet all the signs are that 2007 will make 2006 look like kindergarten. This year has all the hallmarks of being the year when Sukuk issuance really takes off - not just in the primary market but the secondary market too. The Sukuk Forum along with Sukuk Insider are THE guides for institutions in the Sukuk industry
and those wishing to partake of this sector.
Paul McNamara
Banker ME & Sukuk Insider
Darshan Bijur, Director, KPMG
Sukuk provide a relatively easy way for western companies to tap into Islamic finance pools as well as allowing Middle Eastern governments and corporates to attract western finance. Recent tax changes in the UK will make Sukuk issuance a valid financing option for UK business and most western governments are likely to follow with similar enabling legislation. That development will create a huge global market for Sukuk and thrust Islamic finance into the mainstream of global finance. The Sukuk
Forum is perfectly timed in this regard.
Darshan Bijur
Hamid Yunis, Partner, Taylor Wessing
Taylor Wessing
The development of an active and vibrant sukuk market is of fundamental importance to the continuing development of the Islamic Finance industry. Whilst sovereign, institutional and corporate issues are now common , there is still much more scope for innovation in the use of sukuk to exploit the global capital markets.

The program put together by the organisers is exactly what the industry requires...a focused event which touches on the practical issues and concerns and indeed brings together a number of the institutions and practioners who will be responsible for this innovation and
Hamid Yunis
Taylor Wessing
Amr Abu El Seoud, Executive Vice President, The Investment Dar
The Investment Dar
The Investment Dar takes great pleasure in supporting this most acclaimed Sukuk industry focused forum. We will be present in full spirits and look forward to meeting and greeting Middle East Business
Forum delegates
Amr Abu El Seoud
Executive Vice President
Investment Dar

Ibrahim Mardam-Bey, Member of the Board of Directors, BEMO Securitisation

This event will be a key bookmark in the evolution of the SUKUK markets, and should result in constructive and innovative debate. It is precisely this type of high level dialogue that is needed to further develop this growing
Ibrahim Mardam-Bey
Senior Strategic Advisor & Member of the Board of Directors
BEMO Securitisation
Sukuk : the Arabic name for a financial certificate that is popularly perceived as a Shari'ah compliant bond. In actual fact, since interest bearing bonds are not permissible in Islam, Sukuk are asset-backed trust certificates evidencing ownership of an asset or its usufruct. These certificates are based on Istisna, Ijara, Mudaraba, Musharaka, Murabaha, Salam but share with conventional bonds marketability, rateability, enhanceability, versatility. The size of the market is estimated at around $100bn.
Conservative estimates suggest that over $800bn of assets are managed according to Islamic investment principles.

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