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September 21, 2023 | 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM HKT

Overview (Program Summary)

A program hosted by:

ACC Hong Kong


The session will be an introduction to Islamic Finance in Banking Transactions and will look at the key basic principles behind Islamic Finance, primary Shari’ah prohibitions which shape Islamic Finance, key issues for counsel to understand in negotiating Islamic Finance transactions and Sukuks and Islamic Finance in the Debt Capital Markets.

Neil Cuthbert, Senior Legal Advisor

Neil is a Senior Legal Advisor specialising in project and infrastructure financings in Dentons' Dubai office. He has been based in Dubai since 2001. He has over 40 years' experience advising banks, governments, borrowers, sponsors and others in project financing transactions covering a wide of range industries, including oil and gas, electricity, water, mining, leisure, transportation and telecommunications. He also has a general banking practice that includes advising banks, borrowers and others on a wide range of banking products, including, lending, structured finance, derivatives, trade finance, development finance and restructurings.

He has lectured extensively on a wide range of banking subjects including at the Euromoney Winter and Summer Schools of Project Finance. He is the author of the firm's Standard Introduction to Project Finance and is a past leader of its International Projects Group.

Neil was head of the Dubai office from 2001 to 2010. He was Managing Partner of the firm's Middle East offices from 2005 to 2011 and was the Senior Partner of the firm's Middle East offices. He was also a member of the Policy and Planning Board of Dentons UKMEA LLP and sat on the General Advisory Committee of Dentons. He was a member of the Global Board of Dentons from 2011 to 2015.


James Osun- Sanmi, Senior Associate

James Osun-Sanmi is a Senior Associate in the Debt Capital Markets and Islamic Finance practices in Dentons’ Dubai office. He has 9 years' experience working on a wide range of conventional and Islamic international debt capital markets transactions including advising governments, financial institutions and general corporate clients.

He has extensive experience acting for issuers, dealers and managers on issuances inside and outside the GCC under both Regulation S and Rule 144A formats. He has worked on a wide range of different issuance formats, including standalone issuances, program updates and issuances, regulatory capital issuances, corporate hybrid issuances, ESG issuances, and tender offers and consent solicitations.



Thursday, 21 September 2023


12:30 pm to 12:45 pm - Registration 

12:45 pm to 12:50 pm - Opening Speech by Keith Brandt

12:50 pm to 2:00 pm - Presentation and Lunch


The China Club, Central, Hong Kong

CPD Point(s):

Hong Kong qualified lawyers are eligible to receive 1 CPD point for this seminar, subject to approval from the Law Society of Hong Kong.