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Partner Interview

Shakeel Adli

∙ What will be the most important market trend affecting your clients’ sector over the next 12 months? ∙

Islamic Finance can be succinctly summarised as a ‘horizontal niche’ that traverses not only pure banking and finance but debt capital markets, funds and insurance. This is obviously a very broad mix so while it is difficult to point to one trend which affects the entirety of Islamic Finance, the move towards lower risk products / lending is one that will be particularly significant.

∙ What has been your most memorable day as a lawyer? ∙

There are two that vie for the top spot. The first was as a second-seat trainee when I performed a High Court search and seizure of the homes and businesses of an undischarged bankrupt who was seeking to hide his assets. The second was completing a GBP 400m UK real estate financing while I was on a plane about to take off on holiday to Australia.

∙ Why did you become a lawyer? ∙

I knew I wanted to be a lawyer from the age of 14. It was a profession which I felt lent itself to my skills, especially as I am analytical by nature and enjoy helping people. It is a decision which, I am pleased to say, I have not regretted.

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