Monday 26 October 2020

Yasser S Dahlawi

Sands Capital to offer Sharia equity portfolios

MANAMA, 28 days ago

Sands Capital Management, a leading investor in innovative businesses, has launched an equity strategy enabling institutional investors to allocate capital to a concentrated portfolio of growth businesses that comply with Sharia principles.

The strategy is offered through segregated accounts that can be customized to a client’s needs.

A US based investment management firm focused exclusively on growth investing, Sands Capital’s approach features deep, fundamental, business-focused research. Based on this research, the firm identifies businesses expected to grow into exponentially larger enterprises, capable of translating superior earnings growth into shareowner value over five years or more.

The firm’s strategies concentrate investments in these businesses through high-conviction portfolios that differ greatly from the indexes. With a nearly 30-year track record, the firm has been gaining new mandates and increased allocations from investors across the Middle East.

“Sands Capital exists to add value and enhance the wealth of our clients with prudence over time. As a mission-driven, client-centered, global investment manager, we believe we are especially well suited to provide growth capital solutions that help Islamic investors achieve their financial goals,” said Stephen Nimmo, Executive Managing Director at Sands Capital.

With the aim to deliver faith-driven, value-added investment results for Islamic clients, Sands Capital has partnered with Shariyah Review Bureau. This engagement will accelerate the administration of the portfolio’s Sharia compliance offering.

"Recognizing that Sharia governance and supervisory challenges are growing, timelines for addressing them are contracting, and businesses are moving quickly to adapt Sharia supervisory structures in the GCC, we have decided to engage them to help us conform to Sharia principles and rules," said Nimmo.

"Joining forces with Shariyah Review Bureau, which has a strong presence and reputation in the region, as well as the largest scholarly network in the industry, directly supports our strategy and commitment to create a truly Sharia compliant offering."

Leveraging the expertise of Sharia advisory firms, such as Shariyah Review Bureau, as a catalyst for Sharia compliance value preservation has become a critical part of Islamic equity investing. Shariyah Review Bureau helps address a set of fundamental challenges including the assignment of Sharia Boards, the competitive advantage of in-house consultants, Sharia audit capabilities and the scalability of equities screening to support growth.

“Equity investments management can gain access to significant expertise through our Sharia supervisory engagements” said Yasser S Dahlawi, CEO of Shariyah Review Bureau. “Our approach allows us to respond in a unique way to a growing need from many equity funds and portfolios: a deeply integrated scholarly network and strong controls over certification and technical expertise in Sharia assurance,” said Yasser.

“We are delighted to supervise this engagement for Sands Capital and look forward to collaborating with them on this new investment strategy,” he added.- TradeArabia News Service


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