First Shariah compliant money market fund in Europe launched
Bank of London and the Middle East (BLME) has launched the first Shariah compliant money market fund in Europe. Using Luxembourg’s specialised investment funds law, BLME has appointed European Fund Administration (EFA) and Banque et Caisse d’Epargne de l’Etat (BCEE) for fund servicing and custody.
BLME Umbrella Fund SICAV-SIF, worth over $50 million, invests in a diversified portfolio of high quality Islamic money market instruments, such as commodity murabaha (exchange contract trade), sukuk (Islamic bonds) and ijara (assets leasing).
To respond to the significant market growth in Islamic investments, EFA has tailored the fund to its open fund accounting architecture and transfer agency platform while offering specific training to a dedicated team.
BLME is an independent UK wholesale Shariah compliant bank based in London authorised by the Financial Services Authority. It offers innovative Islamic investment and financing products to businesses and high net-worth individuals in the European, the US, South-East Asian and Middle East and North Africa regions.
EFA is an independent company specialised in administrating investment vehicles. It manages 2,700 funds units worth over €100 billion for more than 215 clients.