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The Regulation of Islamic Capital Markets: Revisiting the Governing Law Clause in Sukuk Transactions

Oseni, Umar Aimhanosi (2012) The Regulation of Islamic Capital Markets: Revisiting the Governing Law Clause in Sukuk Transactions. In: International Conference on "Toward Resilient, Robust, and Competitive Islamic Capital Market", 19-20 June 2012, Jakarta, Indonesia. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

The crystallization of the Islamic capital markets in the last decade has led to increased acceptance of Islamic finance products in the global market. However, a fundamental question that lies on the intersection of law and Islamic capital market that has far-reaching impact on market practices is the extent to which the governing law clause in a typical Sukuk prospectus protects the interest of the parties and meets the ends of justice. An analogous clause within the governing law provision is the dispute resolution clause, which either makes or mars the whole transaction depending on how it is structured. The paper argues that as part of Islamic finance documentation involved in the process of structuring a Sukuk transaction, one important thing the parties must get right from the beginning is the governing law clause. With the increasing provision of English law as the governing law, a question that readily comes to one’s mind is whether it is possible to have an alternative governing law while retaining the choice of jurisdiction clause. In order to create a regulatory environment that is conducive to the prevailing trends in the modern world, this studycritically ploughs through the governing law clauses of 10 selected Sukuk prospectuses and makes interesting findings regarding the attitude of draftsmen and their clients. A preliminary finding of this study is the paradigm shift to arbitration as an alternative or precondition to litigation in some of the Sukuk prospectuses reviewed. Since there are regional and international arbitral institutions set up exclusively for Islamic finance disputes, it may be more appropriate to resolve any dispute arising from a Sukuk transaction under Sharī'ah-compliant rules and supervised by experts in Islamic law. The interviews conducted for this research with 10 prominent Sharī'ah scholars who have been involved in the certification of Sukuk structures proves this hypothesis and the qualitative data are consistent with it, albeit with some dissenting views.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Full Paper)
Additional Information: 6807/27401
Uncontrolled Keywords: Islamic capital markets, sukuk, governing law clause, dispute resolution, Islamic finance
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
K Law > KBP Islamic Law > KBP1 Islamic law.Shariah.Fiqh > KBP469 Influence of other legal systems on Islamic law
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes: Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws > Department of Civil Law
Depositing User: Dr. Umar Aimhanosi Oseni
Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2012 08:15
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2012 08:15
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/27401

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