John Dewar is a partner in the London office of Milbank LLP. He is a member of the firm’s global projects, energy and infrastructure finance group and leads the firm’s Islamic finance practice. John is widely recognised as a leading individual in his field by a number of Islamic finance lawyer journals, among them: Chambers UK (which designated him among the first tier in the UK), Chambers Global, The Legal 500, Who’s Who Legal: Project Finance and Euromoney’s Expert Guides (which ranks him among the top 30 lawyers in the world in its Best of the Best guide for Islamic finance). He has built an extremely broad practice and outstanding reputation for advising on the most innovative and significant ‘market-first’ transactions around the world, and has particular expertise in multi-sourced financings, including those involving Islamic institutions and multilateral and export credit agencies. John is also editor of International Project Finance Law and Practice published by Oxford University Press and co-author of that publication’s Islamic finance chapter.
We are honoured to present the fifth edition of The Islamic Finance and Markets Law Review. The chapters that follow describe the manner in which Islamic, or shariah-compliant, finance is practised in various jurisdictions throughout the world. Although each country will have variations, one of the most striking features of Islamic finance as a legal discipline is that it includes core concepts and structures that cross jurisdictional boundaries. The chapters in this book illustrate the dynamic manner in which Islamic finance has adapted and continues to develop globally.