With six licensed Islamic banks and over 20 international banks offering Shariah compliant financial products, the UK’s Islamic finance industry is a favorite destination for investors, particularly for its flourishing real estate sector. Apart from the banking industry, the London Stock Exchange is also one of the most active Sukuk-listing destinations, with 67 listed Sukuk and three Islamic exchange-traded funds to date. On top of this, implications from Brexit has also led the Kingdom to boost its international trade and financial relationships with existing non-EU trade partners, especially with key Islamic finance markets from the regions of the Middle East and Southeast Asia.
Last year’s UK Islamic Finance Week saw many breakthrough sessions in a week-long event, including the official launch of iE5, an Islamic economy accelerator, during IFN Fintech Huddle UK. Following on from the success of 2018, IFN returns to London for the third time for various hard-hitting sessions and discussions in conjunction with leading European regulators, global standard-setters, world leaders and UK and European Islamic finance practitioners.