Abdelilah Benkirane

Clifford Chance advises on Islamic project financing

The transaction documents for the financing of the power project were signed over three days of meetings and included a ceremony in Rabat attended by Abdelilah Benkirane, prime minister of Morocco. Part of the financing was provided via a structured Islamic tranche from the Islamic Development Bank and it was not possible to use the more traditional procurement/forward lease structure typically seen in Islamic project financings. The Islamic tranche represents the first multi tranche cross border Islamic financing into Morocco and the first international Islamic project financing structured in this manner. Clifford Chance was delighted and proud to help create a new and innovative structure in Islamic project financing.

QIIB leads plan for Morocco Islamic bank, insurance firm

International Islamic (QIIB) chairman and managing director Sheikh Dr Khalid bin Thani al-Thani and Morocco’s new Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane discussed in a meeting the prospects of setting up an Islamic bank and an insurance company in the North African country.
They analyzed ways to further strengthen bilateral ties between the two countries with particular focus on Qatari investments in Morocco.
Sheikh Khalid proposed the opening of a joint venture Islamic bank and an insurance company in Morocco with majority participation (51%) by the North African country’s citizens and the remainder with Qataris (49%).

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