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Islamic Finance Forum

The British Consulate-General Houston would like to invite you to participate in "Alternative Funding Opportunities in the UK: Islamic Finance Forum". This half-day seminar will focus on providing education on the topics of Islamic Finance, Shariah compliance, and financing opportunities for the energy industry through the UK.
UK Trade & Investment
 
The combined blow of the financial crisis and the drop in oil price has limited access to capital for short-term lines of credit, as well as for long term investment requisites. For small cap enterprises, Islamic finance is a viable alternative to this credit challenge.

The event will highlight the UK's strength in Islamic finance and its place as the western centre of excellence. While Islamic finance transactions in the US have been limited, the first US sukuk issuance by Houston-based East Cameron Gas Partners in 2006 shows the viability of the US energy market for Islamic Finance instruments.

Confirmed speakers include Gatehouse Bank, SJ Berwin, Rice University and others to follow. pasting
Speaker The Right Honorable The Lord Mayor of London Alderman Nick Anstee
London Mr. Alderman Nick Anstee took office as the 682nd Lord Mayor of the City of London on Friday 13th November 2009. As Lord Mayor he promotes the Square Mile as the world’s leading international financial and business centre, and his project is sponsoring the spread of financial literacy. Brought ...


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Mr. Alderman Nick Anstee took office as the 682nd Lord Mayor of the City of London on Friday 13th November 2009. As Lord Mayor he promotes the Square Mile as the world’s leading international financial and business centre, and his project is sponsoring the spread of financial literacy.



Brought up in the UK, Cyprus and the United States of America, Nick was educated at Stamford School and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1982. He completed an Executive Education Programme at INSEAD, the international business school in Fontainebleau, in 2000 and was awarded an honorary Corporate Finance qualification by the ICAEW in November 2006. Through a series of mergers, he joined the global professional services firm Arthur Andersen in 1994, becoming a Partner in its Corporate Finance practice and was responsible for the development of its private equity activity in the UK. He transferred to Deloitte when Andersen was acquired in 2002 and is now a Senior Director at the international law firm SJ Berwin.



After initially specialising in corporate turnaround he has spent the majority of his career advising domestic and global companies on IPO’s, mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions, in both Europe and North America. In 1995, he was seconded to the Department of Transport advising on its privatisation programme.



Nick was elected Alderman for the Ward of Aldersgate in 1996 having represented that ward as a Common Councilman since 1987. He has served on many of the City of London Corporation’s key committees, including three years as Chairman of its Central Markets Committee. He is on the Court of the Butchers’ Company, an Honorary Liveryman of the Plaisterers’ Company and served as Sheriff of the City of London in 2003/04.



In addition to service on the Boards of the City of London School for Girls and the Sir John Cass Foundation Primary School, his voluntary work includes being a director of the London Marathon, a special advisor to the Barts and The London Charity and supporting a number of other charities, including Wellchild and Chance to Shine. His charitable appeal for this year is called Pitch Perfect and is in aid of musical and sporting opportunities for London’s young people.



Nick Anstee married Claire Cooper in 1983. They have three daughters, Jennifer (24), Megan (22) and Rebecca (17), they live in the Square Mile and are actively involved in charitable work in the City, including the Red Cross and St John Ambulance. He has a particular interest in sport having represented his County in Hockey and Athletics. He is a member of the Marylebone Cricket Club and looks forward to completing his 17th London Marathon in April 2010.

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When?

Thu, Jan. 28, 2010
7 a.m. - 11 a.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central

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Where?

The Houstonian
111 North Post Oak Lane
Houston, TX 77024
US