HSBC Middle East eyeing Islamic bond issue - IFR

It seems that HSBC Middle East is going to meet investors in Asia and Europe for a potential sukuk issue. The meetings will take place in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong and London.

Bahrain GFH looks to extend £200m bond

Bahrain-based Shari'ah-compliant investment firm Gulf Finance House (GFH) plans to ask holders of its $200m Islamic bond to extend its maturity by three years to 2015 from 2012, as part of its debt restructuring, Reuters has reported.

Malaysia-Market factors to watch April 6

Following is a list of events in Malaysia as well as news stories and press reports which may influence financial markets.

Westlaw Business Talks: Islamic Finance Legal Leaders Turn to Dubai World

A discussion was held between Mr. Peter Casey, Director, Policy & Head of Islamic Finance for the Dubai Financial Services Authority, or DFSA); Dr. Hussein Hamid Hasan (appearing in his private capacity) and Mr. Muddassir Siddiqui, who also heads the Islamic finance Middle East practice for the law firm of Denton, Wilde & Sapte; Messrs. Jawad A. Ali of King & Spalding; Michael J.T. McMillen of Fulbright & Jaworski; Anzal Mohammed of Allen & Overy; and Richard O’Callaghan of Linklaters and Ms. Shaheen Pasha, a Reuters Islamic finance journalist. The session was moderated by Westlaw's Business Legal Editor Jack Bunker.

The panel discussed on the following:
i) the Dubai World restructuring; and
ii) the underlying Nakheel sukuk.

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