Barwa Bank seeks big debt sale slice; eyes credit rating

Qatar-based Barwa Bank arranged $863mn of notes in 2012, and is therefore the eighth-biggest underwriter out of 25 for GCC sukuk. Barwa Bank chief executive officer Steve Troop said that there was a space for an institutional Islamic bank to focus on sukuk. Barwa Bank which started operations in the third quarter of 2009 will wait until releasing first-half results before pursuing a credit rating. Moreover, it is preparing to sell shares in an initial public offering and is being advised by QInvest.