Friday, March 16, 2007

Private equity firm interested in RHB Capital, Brunei wants to be an IF hub, IT important for Islamic funds

US Private Equity Firm wants part of RHB Capital

Newbridge Capital Ltd., a unit of Texas Pacific Group, expressed interest in acquiring a 20% stake of RHB Capital from Malaysian state-run pension fund Employees Provident Fund which is in the process of acquiring Rashid Hussain Bhd and announced it will sell part of its holdings in RHB Capital. Kuwait Finance House has also expressed interest in acquiring and operating RHB Capital as a mega Islamic bank.

Brunei hopes to be an Islamic finance hub

At the unveiling of CIMB's Imtiyaz Liquidity Fund in Brunei, the Minister of Finance announced that the government is working to promote a domestic Islamic capital market.

IT important for Islamic funds

Managed funds tech company Charles River believes that technology plays an important role in Islamic finance and particularly Islamic funds because it can allow quick screening of companies for Shari'ah-compliance.

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