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Newcomers to Islamic Finance and existing participants alike face a whole host of challenges that they must successfully navigate to structure, document and complete transactions in accordance with Shariah principles. These challenges include appropriately allocating legal, commercial and Shariah risks between parties and ensuring that transactions, products and services which purport to be Shariah compliant do not breach any Shariah prohibitions.

Our experts can help you deal with the unique challenges you face as a party to a Shariah compliant transaction and are experienced in advising on all Shariah compliant structures, including Ijara, Istisna’a, Manafa’a, Mudarabah, Murabaha, Musharaka, Tawarruq and Wakala.  We advise across a whole host of products and services including real estate finance, asset finance, trade finance, project finance and debt restructurings.

Our clients range from multilateral development banks to wholesale and retail banks, as well as private equity houses and large corporates; whether Shariah compliant or not. They all have one thing in common: they come to us because we help them navigate the nuances of Shariah compliant financings whilst always being cognisant of their needs.

We aim to simplify concepts that can often be complex and pro-actively seek to assist our clients by providing solutions to the legal, commercial and Shariah problems they may be facing.

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High­lights of our ex­per­i­ence in Is­lam­ic Fin­ance in the UK
A ma­jor UK bank on Shari­ah com­pli­ant real es­tate ac­quis­i­tions, re­fin­an­cings and de­vel­op­ments with an ag­greg­ate value ex­ceed­ing GBP 1bn.An in­ter­na­tion­al air­line on the fin­an­cing of two A380 air­craft us­ing an Ijara struc­ture.A ma­jor in­ter­na­tion­al bank
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6 March 2020
CMS ad­vises OFFA on Shari­ah com­pli­ant re­volving cred­it fa­cil­ity provided...
CMS ad­vises OFFA on £10 mil­lion Shari­ah com­pli­ant re­volving cred­it fa­cil­ity provided by Gate­house Bank. Find out more.
5 February 2020
CMS ad­vises AD­IB (UK) on Shari­ah com­pli­ant fin­an­cings in Lon­don and Ed­in­burgh...
CMS has re­cently ad­vised Abu Dh­abi Is­lam­ic Bank (AD­IB UK Lim­ited) on a com­bined £66.6 mil­lion of Shari­ah com­pli­ant struc­tured fin­an­cing.
1 July 2019
CMS ad­vises AD­IB (UK) on the Shari­ah com­pli­ant fin­an­cing of £39m Manchester...
CMS has ad­vised (AD­IB) UK on the Shari­ah com­pli­ant ac­quis­i­tion fin­an­cing in a deal val­ued at £39 mil­lion. Read more here,
21 March 2019
Young Pro­fes­sion­als in Is­lam­ic Fin­ance For­um: In­dustry now needs to take...
On Tues­day 19 March, in­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS held an in­ter­act­ive break­fast sem­in­ar at its Lon­don of­fices on the top­ic of in­nov­a­tion in Is­lam­ic Fin­ance and the op­por­tun­it­ies and chal­lenges fa­cing the in­dustry. Read more about the event here
29 January 2019
More than just Dana Gas
This item first ap­peared in Is­lam­ic Fin­ance News, 29 Janu­ary 2019. Sha­keel Adli and Shay­an Mal­ad­wala write an art­icle on "More than just Dana Gas". Read more here.
24 October 2018
CMS ad­vises BLME on ac­quis­i­tion of land­mark Glas­gow City of­fice prop­erty
CMS has ad­vised Bank of Lon­don and The Middle East (BLME) and their in­vestors on the ac­quis­i­tion of 1 At­lantic Quay in Glas­gow. Read more here.
18 June 2018
CMS ad­vises AD­IB (UK) on the Shari­ah com­pli­ant fin­an­cing of Lat­er­al House,...
CMS has ad­vised Abu Dh­abi Is­lam­ic Bank (AD­IB) UK on the Shari­ah com­pli­ant ac­quis­i­tion fin­an­cing of Lat­er­al House in Leeds
28 December 2017
Look­ing Ahead: What should the UK do to ad­vance its Is­lam­ic fin­ance am­bi­tions?
This item first ap­peared in Is­lam­ic Fin­ance News, 24 May 2017. Sha­keel Adli looks ahead : What should the UK do to ad­vance its Is­lam­ic fin­ance am­bi­tions?. Read more here.
26 December 2017
Glob­al Is­lam­ic fin­ance holds steady in un­cer­tain times
This item first ap­peared in Is­lam­ic Fin­ance News, 26 Decem­ber 2017. Sha­keel Adli re­ports on how glob­al Is­lam­ic fin­ance holds steady in un­cer­tain times. Read more here.
5 July 2017
Evol­u­tion and re­volu­tion: The mar­riage of fintech and Is­lam­ic fin­ance
This item first ap­peared in Is­lam­ic Fin­ance News, 24 May 2017. Sha­keel Adli writes about Evol­u­tion and re­volu­tion: the mar­riage of fintech and Is­lam­ic fin­ance. Read more here.
24 May 2017
Can de­cisions of Shari­ah boards amount to en­force­able leg­al opin­ions as...
This item first ap­peared in Is­lam­ic Fin­ance News, 24 May 2017. Sha­keel Adli writes about wheth­er this sig­ni­fic­ant judg­ment will de­term­ine de­cisions of Shari­ah boards can amount to en­force­able leg­al opin­ions. Read more here.
4 May 2017
The chan­ging face of fin­ance - AFC's use of Dubai's Is­lam­ic fin­ance plat­form
In Janu­ary this year, we wrote about Shari­ah com­pli­ant sov­er­eign sukuk is­su­ances in Togo and the Ivory Coast, and the op­por­tun­ity for the growth of the Is­lam­ic fin­ance sec­tor on the Afric­an con­tin­ent. Read more on this top­ic here.