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Our team - Financial markets experience you can bank on

 Asim Khan

ASIM KHAN

Asim Khan is a Chartered Accountant with more than 16 years’ experience in financial services (including conventional and Islamic financial institutions) and the oil & gas industries across the Asian sub-continent, Middle East and Europe, while working with top tier organizations such as PricewaterhouseCoopers, KPMG and Deutsche Bank.

Asim specializes in developing and monitoring Islamic financial products and has structured various Islamic finance transactions (including Sukuk and Shari’a compliant structured notes); developed various Shari'a compliant investment funds (including Sukuk funds, hedge funds, long-short equity funds, etc.); established monitoring processes for on-going Shari’a compliance for various Islamic products (including that of Islamic indices, Shari’a compliant investment banking products, private equity and infrastructure funds); converted various conventional products into Shari’a compliant products and advised on purification strategies for non-Shari'a compliant income.

Asim has also been involved in developing a suite of retail banking products (including Shari’a compliant mortgage products, overdraft facilities, credit cards and various types of Islamic deposit schemes) for major financial institutions in the GCC. Asim also leads operational review engagements for Shari’a compliance, both at corporate as well as individual product level and has devised procedures that were implemented by client management to mitigate risks for non-Shari’a compliance.

Over the last year, Asim has lead the team in Shari’a structuring, legal documentation reviews and Shari’a sign-offs for various Islamic finance transactions including a USD 2.2 billion Sukuk Al Ijara program (as part of re-structuring of a major real estate developer in the GCC), a USD 2 billion Sukuk Al Murabaha program (for a major international investment bank) and set up of a long-short equity fund platform in Luxembourg (for a UK based finance house). Currently, among other projects, he is involved in a Sukuk for a major international investment bank and setting up of an Islamic issuance platform.

Asim has, for many years now, worked with world renowned Shari’a scholars from the Europe, Middle East and Far East and has coordinated the Shari’a process for various clients to facilitate the Shari’a scholars review and sign-off. Over the years, Asim has developed a vast network of connections with financial institutions and high net worth individuals (predominantly in the GCC) and using his relationships, he has also helped his clients in raising Islamic Finance for their projects and with the placement of Islamic financial instruments. Asim has also presented, and continues to present, on various topics of Islamic finance on renowned platforms, professional & academic forums and media (including television in the UK and Europe).

Saud Siddiqui

Saud Siddiqui

Saud is a qualified accountant with over ten years of experience in the financial services industry (both conventional and Islamic). Saud has a strong consulting and advising background with a diversified skill set (including Sarbanes Oxley compliance reviews and System Development, Implementation, Integration reviews, creation & restructuring of business departments, vendor management reviews, and IT infrastructure reviews), having worked with one of the key big4 accounting firms and one of the world’s leading insurance companies. Saud is also a qualified internal and IT auditor accredited by international professional bodies.
 
Recently, Saud was engaged as a strategic advisor for the acquisition of a UK manufacturing plant. Saud subsequently advised on the restructuring and disposal of the asset on behalf of his client.
 
Saud specializes in Shari’a consulting and structuring engagements and has advised on the development of various Shari’a compliant funds and Islamic issuance platforms and also manages Shari’a monitoring and Shari’a audit engagements. Recently Saud was involved in the Shari’a advisory of a of a GCC listed Islamic REIT. In addition to these, Saud advises on Shari'a screening procedures, purification strategies and Shari’a related IT systems development for his clients. Saud also specializes in assurance engagements.
 
Saud works closely with world renowned Islamic scholars and facilitates the development, review and sign-off of Fatwa documents for the Shari’a compliance of products by Islamic scholars. Further, Saud has been actively involved in presentations on Islamic finance and has lead various debates and discussion on Islam, Islamic Finance and Islamic Micro Finance.
 
Saud’s assurance and consulting experience, complemented by his Shari'a knowledge, provides him with a unique edge to offer practical and operationally effective solutions and advice on Shari'a structuring, audits and compliance.

 

Zahid Ali

Zahid ali

Zahid has over fifteen years of experience in managing financial, information technology and accounting information systems projects. Zahid has previously worked with international investment banks and renowned organizations such as JP Morgan Chase.
 
In recent years, Zahid has been significantly involved in the development of Islamic funds, Islamic indices and Shari’a Compliant ETFs along with advising on setting up and over seeing the on-going Shari’a monitoring of various Islamic investment banking products and facilitating reviews of those products and their sign-offs from the relevant Shari’a Scholars.
 
Zahid also advises on Shari’a purification strategies and on procedures for management to implement in order to comply with the on-going Shari’a compliance of their respective Islamic products. He has presented and continues to present at various conferences and known forums on Islamic finance. Zahid has also been involved in the Shari’a compliance reviews of Islamic products and has actively participated in the reviews of complicated IT systems to test the implementation of the Islamic structures.

Zahid’s in-depth knowledge of Islamic finance and project management experience create a unique combination enabling him to produce timely and quality deliverables whilst working at the highest level of professional standards. Zahid is a Masters in Computer Systems Auditing and holds various professional Information Technology (including Microsoft and CISCO) certifications.

Imran Shafiq

imran shafiq

Imran is a UK qualified corporate lawyer with over 16 years of legal experience. Imran has practiced in the banking & finance sector with wide ranging commercial experience as an advisor and advocate with particular emphasis on banking, financial regulations and company and commercial laws.
 
Previously, Imran worked with and represented major companies in some of the Middle East’s high-profile bankruptcy, financial restructuring and insolvency cases, including representation of lenders, borrowers, bondholders and other creditors.

Recently, Imran has worked on Islamic and conventional investment funds and banking transactions in the Dubai International Financial Centre and Abu Dhabi Global Markets. He possesses extensive knowledge of the regional regulatory environment that underpins lending to provide sector-specific legal advice to various industries including retail and manufacturing on receivables and inventory financing, secured financing and equipment financing transactions.

 

Aamir

AAmir khan

Aamir is a corporate & investment banker with 18 years of experience in structuring & extending funded and non-funded credit facilities to small, mid and large sized companies in Oil & Gas, Power, Manufacturing, Technology, Telecom, and other diversified sectors in North America and South Asia.
 
Within Oil & Gas, Amir’s sector expertise comprises Exploration and Production (E&P), Midstream, Refining, and Oilfield Service, and within Power, Amir’s experience includes gas/coal, wind, and solar. Amir has been involved in several syndications, merger and acquisition transactions. Amir has worked for ABN AMRO Bank N.V. and Royal Bank of Scotland in Houston, Texas, and United Bank Ltd in South Asia.


 Amir has a BSc in Engineering from Brigham Young University, USA, and an MBA in Finance from Lahore University of Management Sciences. Amir is registered with FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority – USA) and holds a series 62 and 63 securities license.