Badlisyah Abdul Ghani

Former CIMB Islamic’s Badlisyah is now deputy CEO of Tabung Haji

Badlisyah Abdul Ghani, the former CEO of CIMB Islamic Bank, has been appointed deputy CEO of pilgrim fund Lembaga Tabung Haji. Badlisyah gained fame when he disputed the authenticity of banking documents released by The Wall Street Journal relating to 1Malaysia Development, which touched on US$700 million being transferred to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s personal accounts. While an internal inquiry was ongoing at CIMB, Badlisyah resigned in mid-August last year. It is not clear how Badlisyah is already stated on the company website as deputy CEO, when no formal announcement has been made in this respect.

Why a #Megabank Is Important in #IslamicFinancing

Badlisyah Abdul Ghani, president of Chartered Institute of Islamic Finance Professionals, says we need a megabank in every country. Today most jurisdicitons do not have effective infrastructure for Islamic finance, some banks are efficient in their own country, but not in other countries. Megabanks have to be multi-country players.

Islamic Finance Institute Goes Global to Fill a Skills Void in $2 Trillion Industry

The Chartered Institute of Islamic Finance Professionals in Kuala Lumpur is going global as it seeks to fill a void of experts with specialties such as insurance and law. The institute aims to increase membership of qualified practitioners to 3,000 in three years, from 400 now, its president Badlisyah Abdul Ghani said. The CIIF, which changed its name and geographical focus in 2015, is in talks with associations and regulators stretching from the Middle East to Indonesia as part of that campaign, he said. CIIF plans to start offering specialized courses next year to address the shortage of professinals, which is hindering development. The Kuala Lumpur-based Finance Accreditation Agency estimates 56,000 more qualified experts will be needed to fill positions in the next five years as growth accelerates.

Badlisyah: Islamic finance to continue strong growth

Malaysia’s Islamic finance industry will continue to grow strongly despite the withdrawal of some Islamic finance-related incentives in Budget 2016.
Chartered Institute of Islamic Finance Professionals (CIIF) president Badlisyah Abdul Ghani said the country’s Islamic financing market has grown positively over the years, attributed to the tax incentives provided for Islamic financing in previous budgets.
“(But now) the Islamic finance no longer requires that assistance to penetrate the market. (Previously) the incentives were there to create the momentum to build nderstanding and acceptance of Islamic finance,” he told a press conference after the launch of CIIF last Friday.
Badlisyah said the CIIF, a professional body for qualified practitioners in the Islamic finance industry, was established following the increasing need for a global reference point for professional talent in the industry, as it expands internationally.

CIMB Islamic CEO quitting adds to 1MDB cloud over sukuk sales

The resignation of Badlisyah Abdul Ghani, the chief executive officer of CIMB Group Holdings Bhd’s Islamic unit, added to clouds over Malaysia’s sukuk market, amid a probe into a state investment company and a renewed global commodity rout. He said that he resigned “to explore new opportunities”, declining to comment on speculation the decision was related to the investigation of 1Malaysia Development Bhd. CIMB, Malaysia’s lead Islamic bond underwriter for the past eight years, will now have to find and groom a replacement just as sukuk sales in the world’s biggest market dropped 36% in 2015 to a five-year low. Political uncertainty caused by the probes, falling commodity prices and a looming US interest-rate increase may deter issuers.

CIMB Islamic Bank’s CEO Badlisyah resigns

CIMB Islamic Bank’s chief executive officer and board member Badlisyah Abdul Ghani will resign all his posts effective Aug 15, 2015. Badlisyah also heads CIMB Group Bhd’s Islamic banking and finance franchise. In a statement to Bursa Malaysia, CIMB Islamic Bank’s board of directors announced it has elected Mohd Shafri Shahul Hamid as the person-in-charge of the bank and agreed for the group nomination and remuneration committee to start the process of identifying Badlisyah’s replacement. Badlisyah courted controversy last week when he questioned the validity of documents used by The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) in its recent reports which claimed billions of ringgit were deposited into accounts belonging to Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.

CIMB Islamic chief to face internal inquiry for erroneous remarks on WSJ’s 1MDB report

CIMB Group chairman Datuk Seri Nazir Razak has ordered an internal inquiry on a senior executive of its Islamic banking unit who yesterday accused US-based Wall Street Journal (WSJ) of being duped by doctored documents in its explosive money trail exposé on 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). Nazir disclosed the action in a late night post on his Instagram account, after news portal Malaysiakini reported CIMB Islamic Bank chief executive officer Badlisyah Abdul Ghani for his erroneous analysis on WSJ in his closed-circuit Facebook page. Badlisyah has admitted to making an error in his analysis of the WSJ documents, which the daily purports were based on an ongoing government investigation on 1MDB, adding that he has also corrected his initial Facebook post.

Enhanced Islamic Banking Framework Benefits Malaysia: CIMB Islamic

The sustained effort to enhance the regulatory and legislative framework to support Islamic financial transactions will continue to place Malaysia as the biggest player in the global Islamic banking industry, says CIMB Islamic Bank Bhd. Chief Executive Officer Badlisyah Abdul Ghani said despite the growing competition from other markets, such as Indonesia and Saudi Arabia, Malaysia's better and firm framework would be a value added. Nevertheless, Badlisyah said due to the aggresive external environment, Malaysia should always come out with compelling, commercially driven products, to clearly distinguish itself from competitors. Badlisyah was a speaker at a panel discussion on "The Future of Islamic Banking: Where Do We Go From Here?"

CIMB plans first collateralised sukuk

CIMB Group Holdings Bhd. plans to sell a sukuk backed by a pool of loans, becoming the world’s first Islamic bank to sell the type of collateralised debt that contributed to the global financial crisis. The Malaysian lender is seeking to raise RM1 billion (US$275 million) from an offering of five-year notes this quarter, CIMB Islamic Bank Bhd.’s Chief Executive Officer Badlisyah Abdul Ghani said. The securitized debt will diversify funding options in the Islamic finance industry. CIMB Islamic’s new notes will be sold via private placement to investors who are comfortable with this type of security, CEO Badlisyah added.

Infrastructure to be catalyst for sukuk issuance in 2015

Funding for infrastructure projects will be the driver for sukuk issuances this year, says CIMB Islamic Bank chief executive officer, Badlisyah Abdul Ghani. He said the sukuk issuance in 2015 could emulate the peak of 2012, if all planned infrastructure projects such as My Rapid Transit, the Pan-Borneo highway and Kuala Lumpur-Singapore high speed train venture come on stream. Badlisyah said for the market to be sustainable, more mid size offerings of between RM1 billion and RM2 billion are needed, as compared to a single mega size issuance of RM20 billion. Meanwhile, on CIMB Islamic,Badlisyah said the bank is currently working on a few sovereign deals which are expected to come on stream in the middle of this year.

CIMB Islamic Signs Mou With INCEIF

CIMB Islamic Bank today signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Global University of Islamic Finance (INCEIF) to build a collaborative framework towards establishing a research centre for Islamic banking studies. CIMB Islamic Bank chief executive officer Badlisyah Abdul Ghani said the bank had allocated RM1.5 million as sponsorship over the three-year collaboration period. He said the MoU also aims to enhance and strengthen Malaysia's position as a globally recognised marketplace for Islamic banking and Islamic finance. INCEIF is the only institute in the world that focuses solely on Islamic finance education and research.

Scale a priority, with or without merger-CIMB Islamic CEO

CIMB Islamic said it will pursue a larger balance sheet to help win more business, regardless of whether a proposed merger with two smaller peers happens. In July, CIMB Group Holdings Bhd, RHB Capital Bhd and Malaysia Building Society Bhd secured regulatory approval to begin merger talks. The lender's chief executive Badlisyah Abdul Ghani said that scale is important in being effective in business, so whether that scale is achievable under the current proposed merger talks or something else, the bank will continue to pursue it. The lenders have until Oct. 8 to finalize the pricing, structure and other terms of the merger. Details have yet to be ironed out, but the new Islamic bank could have assets worth 122 billion ringgit ($38.3 billion).

Infrastructure projects to boost Malaysia's lead role in Sukuk mart

The infrastructure projects to be launched in Asean and the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) regions will continue to put Malaysia as the champion in the sukuk market next year, according to CIMB Islamic Bank. Its Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer Badlisyah Abdul Ghani said the sukuk market will perform positively in 2014, with a projection of between US$42bil (US$1=RM3.25) and US$48bil of new issuances led by Malaysia and Saudi Arabia. CIMB Islamic has so far topped the lead manager league table after arranging RM9.70bil worth of sukuk issuance, garnering a 25.9% market share. Out of 20 countries worldwide, Malaysia was ranked third in terms of total Shariah-compliant assets at US$196.820mil, with 41 institutions offering Shariah services, representing 63.7% of the total population.

Need to build up confidence to promote Islamic finance globally

Even though Islamic finance has been thriving in Malaysia, a country with one of the most established and regulated Islamic finance frameworks, it is hardly present on the global Islamic finance market. Moreover, the majority of local banks tako part in neither the global syndication market nor the sukuk market. Therefore, confidence has to be built up in order for Malaysian banks to stop peceiving themselves as inferior to other syariah-compliant frameworks.

CIMB Islamic ups group contributions

Badlisyah Abdul Ghani, CEO of Malaysia's CIMB Islamic, stated that his Islamic banking unit will be growing its contribution to its parent company's loan book this year.
He is sure that he will increase the contributes from 13.8% now, to between 15% and 19%.

Sukuk sales at risk on Middle East tensions

Global sales of Shariah-compliant bonds surged to $2.8bn in the first two months of this year, compared with $676mn in the same period of 2010. This statement was given by Bloomberg.
Badlisyah Abdul Ghani, chief executive officer at Kuala Lumpur-based CIMB Islamic Bank Bhd has the oppinion that the rising yields are deterring potential issuers.

Islamic banks find the balance

Just as conventional finance, Islamic finance has been vulnerable to fits and starts, to severe and disquieting hiccups whenever sound economic rules are being ignored. Last year showed how intertwined its future and health is with what happens to the global economy, and for that reason, the performance of an economy will significantly affect the growth of Islamic finance, says CIMB Islamic CEO Badlisyah Abdul Ghani. He considers the Islamic finance industry lucky not to have been involved in subprime credit and not to have been heavily engaged in highly leveraged activities.
Badlisyah contends that whichever financial or fiscal problems that the GCC countries have been facing of late do not have a significant bearing on the stability of Islamic finance in this part of the world.
Considering the clear restrictions placed on the use of derivatives on Islamic transactions, Badlisyah does not believe that the ability of Islamic banks to manage their risk has been constrained or compromise

Islamic banks unfazed by new competition

The country’s existing Islamic banking players remain unfazed by the upcoming competition in the form of more licences to be issued for world-class Islamic banks and takaful operators. CIMB Islamic Bank Bhd executive director and chief executive officer Badlisyah Abdul Ghani said the move would result in a greater variety of syariah-based financial services and products being offered to the public.

Asia to Drive 24% Growth in 2010 Global Sukuk Sales, CIMB Says

Sales of Islamic bonds may increase 24 percent this year, led by Southeast Asia, as the region’s expansion helps drag the world out of recession, said CIMB Group Holdings Bhd., the leading arranger of such issuance.

CIMB Islamic has USD 2.5 bn Sukuk in pipeline / plans infrastructure fund

B.K. SIDHU reported in The Star Malaysia on 30 Marcht that it has won 19 mandeates to raise nearly USD 2.5 bn from the Islamic capital markets and that it is planned to launch a USD 500 mn infrastructure fund. The issuers of the Sukuk are partially situated in the Gulf including a sovereign.

Badlisyah Abdul Ghani is the CIMB Islamic chief executive officer.

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