Saudi Aramco has plans that would raise 11.25 billion riyals (3 billion US-Dollar) from its debut Islamic bond. That would boost the size of the sale because of investor demand. King & Spalding Partner Rizwan Kanji weighs in on "Bloomberg Markets: Middle East."
King & Spalding has advised the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) on the establishment of a $25 billion Sukuk programme, triple listed on the London Stock Exchange, Nasdaq-Dubai and Bursa Malaysia. The programme is rated “AAA” by S&P and Fitch and “Aaa” by Moody’s. King & Spalding’s Kanji advised the IDB on the transaction with assistance from Dubai-based senior associate Hamed Afzal and Washington, D.C.-based transaction specialist Gina Bunker. The lead manager on the transaction was Standard Chartered Bank plc and dealers included CIMB, HSBC, National Bank of Abu Dhabi, Natixis and Standard Chartered Bank.
King & Spalding advised Turkiye Finans Katilim Bankasi A.S. in relation to the issuance of US$500 million senior unsecured certificates due 2019, listed on the Irish Stock Exchange. The certificates are issued through TF Varlik Kiralama A.S., a Turkish incorporated asset leasing company. Rizwan H. Kanji led the team handling the Turkiye Finans issuance. He was assisted by senior associate Lidia Kamleh. The joint lead managers on the transaction were Citigroup Global Markets Limited, EmiratesNBD, HSBC and QInvest. Co-managers Dubai Islamic Bank and Commercial Bank International were advised by Clifford Chance LLP.
Jawad I. Ali, Managing Partner of King & Spalding LLP’s Middle East offices, emphasizes the importance of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) as a financial and capital center for all kinds of operations in the Middle East. Besides, the jurisdiction of the DIFC courts was expanded, now anybody can opt in their contracts to subject them to the DIFC law. The laws itself are modeled after English common law, and the official language of the DIFC courts is English. That’s why it is expected that the DIFC courts will soon become a major center for dispute resolution.
King & Spalding, Norton Rose and Jones Day have advised on Shariah-compliant financing of £400m which is to be used for the redevelopment of King's Reach Tower on London's South Bank. Investor company Mohammed Al Subeaei & Sons Investment Company (MASIC) from Saudi Arabia provided a £145m mezzanine tranche. The company was advised by a London team from King & Spalding.
King & Spalding announced today that Rizwan Kanji, a leading debt capital markets practitioner, is joining the firm as a partner in its Dubai office. Kanji will have a leading role in King & Spalding's debt capital markets and sukuk practice.
Kanji joins King & Spalding from Norton Rose, where he led its Middle East debt capital markets practice. He has advised on several recent landmark sukuk and conventional transactions, including the first Turkish sukuk.
King & Spalding has a team of nearly 30 lawyers in its Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Riyadh offices specializing in complex commercial, corporate and financial transactions as well as project development, construction and engineering, with particular emphasis on matters related to the energy industry.
King & Spalding published a briefing on the recent request by Dubai World that all its creditors agree to a standstill on any amounts payable to them until at least 30 May 2010 and the new law issued by the Ruler of Dubai, HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, setting out what will occur in the event that Dubai World or any of its subsidiaries are in an insolvency situation.
The briefing is authored by Michael Rainey and Sara Carmody of King & Spalding London and Dubai offices.
The reknown Islamic finance specialist lawyer, Michael McMillen, joins Fulbright & Jaworski as partner to lead its global Islamic finance practice. He used to work previously for Dechert and King & Spalding.