Essel Finance to launch $100-mn Shariah fund

Essel Finance is planning a Shariah fund for foreign investors in real estate. The Shariah fund will have a corpus of $100 million (Rs 620 crore). The fund is looking to close the fund forge partnerships with Shariah funds by February-March. Amit Goenka, chief executive officer, Essel Financial Services said the Shariah partner would offer the fund on its behalf and once the company gets its licence for the offshore fund it was planning, it would bring the Shariah component under its fold. Essel's offshore vehicle may also get its investors to directly invest in real estate projects here and not route it through the fund. The offshore fund has planned a corpus of $200 million. Its domestic fund does debt deals and charges developers with coupon rates of 18 to 19 per cent.