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Shakeel Adli

Head of Islamic Finance

Level 15 Burj Daman
Dubai International Financial Centre
PO Box 506873
United Arab Emirates
Languages English, Punjabi

Shakeel Adli is the Head of Islamic Finance at CMS. He specialises in advising lenders, borrowers, sponsors and security providers, whether Shariah compliant or not, on structuring, negotiating and documenting Shariah compliant corporate lending, real estate finance, asset finance, project finance, trade finance, debt restructurings, product development and debt capital markets transactions.

Shakeel has practical experience of acting on Shariah compliant financings across the globe representing both existing and new participants to Islamic Finance and has a particular focus on Shariah compliant real estate financings in the UK and Shariah compliant transactions in the Middle East, with additional sector focus on the real estate, hotels & leisure and construction sectors.

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Relevant experience

  • A large bank headquartered in Dubai on a AED1billion Ijara financing.
  • Numerous Shariah compliant real estate financings including over one billion US Dollars’ worth of financings in London, Germany and the United States structured on a Tawarruq basis.
  • A major international airline on the financing of two A380 aircraft using an Ijara structure.
  • A major development bank on the Shariah compliant financing of a power plant in the Middle East.
  • An international bank on the financing of Indonesian cocoa products using a combination of Murabaha and Musawama.
  • A US$1.5billion Shariah compliant restructuring of a major UAE corporates debt facilities.
  • A leading international bank on establishing its Islamic Finance operations.
  • The issuers on Sukuk listed in London, Hong Kong, Malaysia and London.
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  • 2004 – Legal Practice Course, BPP Law School, London
  • 2003 – PostGraduate Diploma in Law, BPP Law School, London
  • 2002 – BA (Hons), University of Southampton, Southampton
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