Standard Chartered Private Bank Launches Islamic Financial Solutions In Dubai
Published Tuesday, 26 June 2012 10:20 | Written by Amwal Al Ghad
These solutions are now available to clients across the Private Bank's booking centers in London, Geneva, Jersey and Dubai.
Islamic banking has become a significant part of the mainstream as the gap between conventional and Islamic banking solutions has narrowed substantially. Islamic banking assets, which are growing twice as fast as conventional banking assets, are expected to reach $1.1 trillion globally in 2012, up 33% from 2010. With the fast development of this industry, Muslim High Net Worth Individuals (HNWIs) are increasingly expecting Sharia compliance in managing their wealth, making Islamic wealth management solutions a key market need.
Related newsStandard Chartered Private Bank's Islamic Financial Solutions will help fill the industry gaps in the availability of Sharia compliant wealth management products and provide additional impetus for growth in the Islamic banking industry as it deepens the product set and brings into its folds a whole new customer segment.
Khalid El Gibaly, Regional Head of Consumer Banking, UAE and Middle East, Standard Chartered Bank, said, "We have identified a latent demand among our existing and prospective private banking clients for Islamic private banking solutions. With our deep understanding of the region, strong international footprint across the world's most dynamic markets and a wide experience in Islamic Banking, we are well-placed to meet this need. The launch of our Global Islamic Private Banking offering out of the region is testament to our strategic focus on the Middle East region. Our new offering is not only innovative and unique in the region; it also aims to bridge the service gap between conventional and Islamic Banking to provide our clients with an exceptional banking experience."
The Private Bank's Islamic Financial Solutions will be delivered in collaboration with Standard Chartered Saadiq, the Bank's Islamic banking arm which has over 18 years of experience in Islamic banking and finance, and has onshore presence in six markets. With the launch of this offering, Standard Chartered is now able to provide private banking clients a full spectrum of financial solutions - from those who require conventional to those who require Islamic banking.
Commenting on the Islamic Private Banking potential, Stephen Richards Evans, Regional Head of Private Banking, Europe, Middle East, India, Africa and Americas, Standard Chartered said, "In the GCC alone, there are more than 500,000 High Net Worth Individuals with net investible assets of over $1.7 trillion and this number is rapidly growing in light of relatively better economic conditions in the region compared to other parts of the world. However, this segment remains one of the most underdeveloped and underserved amongst all the Islamic banking client segments. Through our launch today, we aim to fulfill one of the pillars of our brand promise, 'Here for good, Here for clients' which aims to provide a comprehensive range of Islamic private banking offerings that will deliver the combination of Sharia compliance, reputable private banking solutions and international capabilities."
Standard Chartered Private Bank has fully trained and certified its team of Relationship Managers in Islamic banking, which is additionally supported by Islamic banking experts, to engage with clients on their private banking needs.
Wasim Akhtar Saifi, Group Head of Islamic Banking, Consumer Banking, Standard Chartered Saadiq, said, "Although Islamic banking solutions have become increasingly available, there are few viable Sharia compliant alternatives for HNWIs. Muslim HNWIs are restricted to the conventional offering of traditional private banks. There is a need to adopt a more holistic view towards wealth management for this segment. The launch of Islamic financial solutions for our private banking clients broadens the overall spectrum of wealth management solutions available to those seeking Sharia compliance. We plan to continue to expand the range of Sharia compliant solutions to address evolving client needs."
Standard Chartered has an independent Sharia Supervisory Committee comprising of Dr. Abdul Sattar Abu Ghuddah, Sheikh Nizam Yaqubi and Dr Mohammad Ali Elgari, which are three of the most renowned Sharia scholars in the field of Islamic banking and finance. All the Bank's Islamic products are developed under the guidance of the Sharia Supervisory Committee and certified by them to ensure strict compliance to Sharia requirements.
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