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X8 Currency Introduces Cash and Gold Backed Tokens for Islamic investors

X8 Currency Introduces Cash and Gold Backed Tokens for Islamic investors

X8 Currency, a Blockchain based digital currency with an advanced artificial intelligence  wealth value preservation solution, today announced that it has been certified for Sharia compliance by Shariyah Review Bureau. X8 is the first to receive the certification for its ARM-AI (Automatic Reserve Management, Artificial Intelligence) driven portfolio which preserves value with its 100% backed reserves of eight major fiat currencies (US Dollar, Swiss Franc, Euro, Pound Sterling, Japanese Yen, Australian, New Zealand and Canadian Dollar) and gold. This basket of fiat currencies and gold helps create safety and the strong foundation necessary for a digital currency, while the ARM-AI helps find the best exchange rates for the elements in the reserve. Not only does the ARM-AI solution preserve value for the investor, it also helps in countering the inflationary headwinds experienced across the global markets, providing a sustainable non-speculative value proposition for the investor. The X8C currency has the potential to become one of the most stable and exchangeable digital currencies in the world, whilst becoming a true value reference point.

The certification also extends the Sharia compliance to X8’s Ethereum based Tokens  along with comprehensive guidelines for trading in currencies and preserving value. “It is very meaningful to receive the Sharia compliance certificate that provides reassurances that we are open to investors seeking to make investments in Shariah compliant assets,” said Gregor Koželj, Founder and Chief Executive Officer. “With the changing environment of banking and asset management primarily due to fintech-driven shifts, the market for wealth preservation in Islamic finance is poised to see disruption and it is for this reason that we are seeing an increasing demand for our Product in the Islamic markets. We have assigned Shariyah Review Bureau as an independent Sharia Advisor to help us comply with the critical procedures of Sharia compliance. We hope this will drive new business opportunities for investors in the marketplace compatible to their faith based values,” said Francesca Greco, Director and Co-Founder of X8 AG.

The Sharia Advisory engagement will enable X8 to allow the facilitation of more integrated currency trading, and asset preservation that leverages on Sharia compliant principles. “We remain committed to retaining the expertise of Shariyah Review Bureau as we seek to drive the growth of X8 in the rapidly expanding markets of Sharia compliant investments ” said Gregor.

Based out of Bahrain and licensed by the Central Bank of Bahrain, Shariyah Review Bureau (“SRB”) has been serving the Islamic financial markets for well over 13 years. With 34 scholars spanning 19 countries its Sharia certification and Sharia audit services are recognized globally. SRB is widely considered as one of the world’s leading Sharia advisory organization offering banks, insurance and asset management institutions a range of Sharia certification and supervisory services across all major asset classes. It also provides its advice to wealth management companies, high-net-worth individuals and family offices.
“We are keenly looking forward to X8’s vision to advance digital currency capabilities by systematically using Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence techniques” said Yasser S. Dahlawi, Founder and CEO of SRB. “Moving forward we will work closely with the team at X8 to ensure that they have access to  the levels of expertise required for attaining Sharia compliance in their business facilities.” Yasser added, “High quality Sharia advice and certification services are critical to our business and we are ready to deliver what’s required to support the future ambitions of X8 in the Islamic financial market.”

As a full-service Sharia Advisory company, SRB’s certification complement its ICO screening services and solutions and covers Blockchain protocols, Tokens and Cryptocurrencies.  “Blockchain based projects require detailed review of its design and technical structuring aspects” said Mansoor M. Ahmed, AGM at SRB’s Dubai office. “At SRB, we aim to simplify this for our clients by providing end-to-end Sharia Board, review, certification, consultation and Sharia audit services into one cost-effective package. As a result, clients get consistent Sharia advice and added value in terms of access to the right Sharia scholarly resources as and when required.”

Alpha Capital to create new financial value with Shariyah Review Bureau

Alpha Capital to create new financial value with Shariyah Review Bureau

Alpha Capital, the Kingdom’s latest novel boutique Investment firm focused on Asset Management and Alternative Investments announced today the assignment of Shariyah Review Bureau (“SRB”) to oversee its Sharia compliant investment funds and securities business.

Alpha Capital’s bespoke products and services, are designed to help investors build and grow their investors, and include direct access to fixed income fund, structured products, discretionarily managed portfolios, investment real-estate funds and private funds. The combination of Alpha’s specialist knowledge in identifying risks and optimizing investments is seeing an increased level of interest from regional institutional clients. The firm has already established two standalone Sharia compliant public Funds this year and is now working on a range of investment funds to meet the needs of its growing private asset business in the Kingdom. Fahad Khalid AlSaud, Managing Director and CEO at Alpha Capital, said: “we are working hard in building great opportunities for institutional investors and HNW’s in the Kingdom wanting to diversify their portfolio with  an excellent return profile  in multiple asset classes.” Speaking on alpha returns he added “the needs of the markets are changing and diversification backed with positive returns are key to creating wealth, and this is why we are structuring our investment case with alpha based returns in this challenging market.”

Commenting on the assignment of Shariyah Review Bureau, Moath AlNaeem, Chief Investment Officer at Alpha Capital stated, “We welcome SRB to our investment business. The appointment of a global Sharia advisory firm which has certified investments across all asset classes and with deep knowledge of the Islamic industry highlights our commitment to growth in Sharia compliant alternative investment business.”

Shariyah Review Bureau is licensed by the Central Bank of Bahrain and has hundreds of clients covering multiple industries around the world. Its services have grown in demand as financial institutions continue looking for ways to speed-up the Sharia compliance management process and to reduce costs on Sharia Boards overheads. “We strive to be a complete Sharia advisory resource for asset managers, providing them with the full spectrum of Sharia certification and Sharia equity screening services they need to help meet their goals,” said Yasser S. Dahlawi, Founder and CEO of Shariyah Review Bureau. “Creating long-term value between institutions and scholars has always been at the core of our business and we believe that we have succeeded by building a scholarly platform spreading over 19 countries and a committed team of in-house consultants that can deliver quick reviews and certification, as well as deliver and monitor Sharia compliance for clients like Alpha Capital.”

Banque Saudi Fransi to augment its Sharia compliance management with Shariyah Review Bureau

Banque Saudi Fransi to augment its Sharia compliance management with Shariyah Review Bureau

Banque Saudi Fransi (BSF), the Kingdom’s leading bank today announced that it has assigned Shariyah Review Bureau to help augment its internal Sharia audit functions.

BSF has one of the largest suites of Sharia compliant products and services dedicated to companies, individuals and banking institutions in the Kingdom. Mazen Elrayes, Advisor to Islamic Banking at BSF commented: “As BSF grows, we continue to broaden our Sharia supervisory framework in order to better serve our customers by delivering leadership in Sharia control designed to meet the requirements of our Islamic products and services.” He added, “Sharia audit is often the most labor-intensive stage of the Sharia compliance management process. During this phase, each aspect of the products, services and operations is diligently reviewed and analyzed to determine what Sharia risks the bank may be facing. To achieve this we need qualified and experienced Sharia auditors who understand the Sharia construct and issues in compliance and are able to make the necessary audit calls and reduce risks.” “We expect SRB to rigorously review and audit our products, operations and treasury procedures and help enhance the Sharia compliance management system in BSF.”

SRB’s Sharia audit services are designed to bridge the gap between the issuance of Sharia certification and management of Sharia compliance. Since its inception, SRB has launched multiple Sharia audit services from Sharia Supervisory audits to co-sourcing audits to Independent External Sharia Compliance audit (IESCA) to financial institutions. With 100+ Sharia audit and reviews of companies, banks, insurance firms, and asset managers, SRB prides itself on being an Islamic industry leader.

“Our Sharia audit services have earned a reputation of excellence in the Islamic banking industry,” said Chief Executive Officer, Yasser S. Dahlawi. “Over the years we have worked hard to build the right combination of skills, experience and team to oversee the continuous development of internal Sharia audit programs for Islamic banks in the region.” Commenting on the new engagement Yasser added, “We look forward to working with BSF and further strengthening their Sharia control procedures.”

Total Device Protection Gets Ready with Sharia Compliance for Transforming New Lines of Mobile Device Coverage

Total Device Protection Gets Ready with Sharia Compliance for Transforming New Lines of Mobile Device Coverage

CDP Holdings Ltd, a Mobile Warranties & Integrated After Sales services Group today announced the assignment of Shariyah Review Bureau (SRB) as its Sharia Advisor.

CDP is one of the first fully integrated provider of mobile device protection and after sales services in the GCC. It helps large Telco’s, Retailers & OEMs differentiate their device offering and brand through superior service quality, and boost overall customer satisfaction. Under the new contract, SRB will provide CDP with Sharia certification and Sharia Audit for its Total Device Protection plan. The operations and management for TDP line will be managed in a Sharia compliant manner across Saudi Arabia and its key locations in the Kingdom.

The agreement with SRB will help CDP improve protection and service stability in light of Sharia, reduce cost associated with Sharia supervision and implement a Sharia framework with high levels of Sharia Advisory quality.

Khalid Saiduddin, Founding Partner & CEO , said: “We have been running a comprehensive market assessment over the last 2 years understanding the specific requirements of our customers and based on our findings we are constructively transforming policies that best meets our customers device coverage needs beginning with the TDP program.” Commenting on the assignment of SRB, he stated “We are happy to have assigned them as our Sharia Advisor on this journey. Their capabilities demonstrates significant transformations for our line of business in the Kingdom and with their support we aim to deliver top coverage to our users in a Sharia compliant manner.”

Sharia Advisory services is a field that is experiencing drastic changes in the past few years and one of the major changes has been to service the functions with institutions like Shariyah Review Bureau. Yasser S. Dahlawi, Founder and CEO of SRB said, “Our approach to Sharia compliance helps entities in scalability” he added “the Sharia review and control processes leads to greater development with uniformity as the enterprise grows and further expands.” Speaking on the new assignment Yasser states “We are looking forward to working with CDP and helping it transform and sustain the TDP program in a Sharia compliant way.”

Investrade Portföy Yönetimi launches Innovative Investment Management Services

Investrade Portföy Yönetimi launches Innovative Investment Management Services

Turkey based Investrade Portföy Yönetimi AŞ (“IPY”) today announced that it has appointed Shariyah Review Bureau (“SRB”) to help ensure Sharia compliance for its Investments Funds, portfolio management and distribution services business.

IPY seeks to provide end-to-end real estate fund, pension and private mutual funds, discretionary portfolio management services including sourcing, structuring and arranging finance for assets. It will also focus on creating efficient ways to achieve goal as per the targeted acquisition assumptions. “We are proud of our team’s experience in delivering superior investment opportunities, yet we are still committed to improving every phase of our portfolio management process with our investors,” said Dr. Hakan Berooğlu, Board Member & CEO of IPY.” He added, “Sharia compliance experience is important to  our investors. That’s why we selected Shariyah Review Bureau; they have the capabilities to manage our Sharia compliance touchpoints so we can deliver great experiences in our services by helping us build authentic Sharia compliant transactions for our sophisticated customers.”

Under the Sharia Advisory agreement, SRB will provide IPY with Fund structuring support, documentation certification, Sharia audit maintenance, consulting and Sharia advice on portfolio management services for its Turkey office. The agreement, is intended to help IPY reduce the Sharia compliance costs of its transaction, with the savings used to help the company enhance its sourcing resources and distribution capabilities and deliver tangible business value. “As a luxury-based Investment company, our goal is to contribute to more vigorous opportunities through improved positions,” said Dr. Halil Arslan, Senior  Portfolio Manager at IPY. “Through our initiative with Sharia compliant acquisitions, we will streamline screening, leveraging and investment operations with SRB’s Sharia certification services, enabling us to respond quickly to the evolving real-estate and equity based opportunities in Turkey.”

Yasser S. Dahlawi, Founder and CEO of SRB, said, “We are excited to help Investrade Portföy Yönetimi implement its Sharia compliant strategy. Leveraging our expertise in the investment industry, our knowledge and experience gained by serving scores of companies around the world, and our Sharia advisory processes, we will help support their growth in innovative projects in Turkey.

Ijara Company Kyrgyzstan to unlock growth in leasing sector with new Sharia Advisor

Ijara Company Kyrgyzstan to unlock growth in leasing sector with new Sharia Advisor

Ijara Company Kyrgyzstan (“ICK”), the Islamic leasing flagship of Kyrgyzstan, has hired global Sharia Advisory firm Shariyah Review Bureau (“SRB”) to manage its Sharia certification and Sharia supervisory structure in line with international practices.

ICK offers its customers leasing facility (Ijara Muntahia Bitamlik).  As an IDB funded company, ICK is supported by ICD’s more than 30 year history as the trusted leasing company to deliver services for SME financing support in Kyrgyzstan. Ulan Satyvaldiev, Chief Executive, commented, “ICK is a growing leader of the Kyrgyzstan’s leasing and financing market since 2015. To continue this growth, we have decided to invest in our Sharia compliance infrastructure by hiring Shariyah Review Bureau.” “We keenly look forward to bringing their Sharia advisory expertise and Sharia audit capabilities to our market on a managed basis. We will be leveraging on their proficiencies, which allows for dynamic and rapid certification deployment so as to effectively support our  new products and risings client demands.”

Shariyah Review Bureau offers financing companies with enterprise-grade Sharia solutions helping them uncover operating efficiencies in Sharia compliance management by lowering their overall cost of Sharia Board management, reduce fee leakage for ad-hoc consultation and improve Sharia auditing and Sharia compliance reporting. This has allowed not only financing companies but dozens of banks, and Takaful companies to focus on their businesses, and save cost.

“Outsourcing Sharia advisory services has become a critical resource in rapidly-evolving Islamic financial markets. It is often the most efficient way to upgrade or maintain Sharia compliance functions” stated Yasser S. Dahlawi, CEO of SRB. Speaking on the new engagement in Kyrgyzstan he added “We look forward to working with ICK, and manage their entire Sharia compliance lifecycle efficiently and transparently.”

Murabaha Capital to build new connections with Capital Financing Platform

Murabaha Capital to build new connections with Capital Financing Platform

Murabaha Capital, a platform set-up to address the funding needs of SMEs, invoice financing and consumers in a Sharia compliant way, today announced the assignment of Shariyah Review Bureau (SRB) as its Sharia Advisor.

 The platform of Murabaha Capital envisions the simplification of the process for both lenders and borrowers allowing the latter to showcase their growth, portfolio and financial health to multiple investors at the same time without having to chase them. As part of its capital introductory service, the platform aims to process SME applications faster than traditional measures thereby allowing Islamic banks and financing companies to identify and connect with credit worthy businesses. This will be an important step in the evolution of the industry and is expected to be welcomed by Islamic banks who require superior diligence in credit screening, liquidity control and transparency. Murabaha Capital aims to help these banks save overhead costs in originating prospects and respond quickly to financing needs, save money, and deliver innovative services. Using modern-day Peer 2 Peer cloud-based technology the platform aims to handle complexities of managing the entire online marketplace Murabaha cycle from online origination to servicing and managing multiple investor portfolios.

“With the changing environment of banking primarily due to fintech-driven shifts, the market for Islamic finance servicing is poised to see disruption” said Abbas Hijazi, co-founder of Murabaha Capital “it is for this reason that we are seeing an increasing demand for digital based trading and lending in the Islamic markets.” Commenting on the assignment of  SRB he added “We have assigned Shariyah Review Bureau as an independent Sharia Advisor to help us comply with the critical procedures of Sharia compliance. We hope this will drive international Islamic investors and businesses to generate new opportunities in the marketplace compatible to their faith based values.”

SRB will supervise the platform and provide comprehensive Sharia guidelines for trading assets using Murabaha modalities. It currently offers an international Sharia advisory service, providing consistent, quality assured, Sharia certifications and Sharia audits to establishments around the world. Its capabilities span the entire Sharia compliance value chain with holistic Sharia advisory solutions, and product assessment customized to the needs of the financial institutions it serves.

In response to the assignment, Yasser S. Dahlawi, Founder and CEO of SRB commented “High quality Sharia advice and certification services are critical to our business and we are ready to deliver what’s required to support the future ambitions of the users of Murabaha Capital.” He added, “we will ensure that the people and institutions using the platform have assurance and access to  the levels of expertise required for attaining Sharia compliance in their business facilities.”

As The First Blockchain Protocol to Receive The Sharia Compliance Certification, The Stellar Network is Poised to Enable Greater Global Financial Access and Inclusion

As The First Blockchain Protocol to Receive The Sharia Compliance Certification, The Stellar Network is Poised to Enable Greater Global Financial Access and Inclusion

Certification Will Drive Growth for Stellar Network with Financial Institutions in the Persian Gulf and Southeast Asia

San Francisco, CA. July XX, 2018 — Stellar.org, a nonprofit that promotes financial access and inclusion, today announced that it has received Sharia compliance certification for the Stellar network. The Shariyah Review Bureau (SRB), a leading international Sharia advisory agency licensed by the Central Bank of Bahrain, has reviewed the properties and applications of the Stellar network and has promulgated guidance and guidelines that enable Shari’a compliant applications of Stellar technology in Islamic financial institutions.

Stellar is the first blockchain protocol to receive Sharia compliance certification in the money transfer and asset tokenization space. Additionally, the Sharia compliance certification extends to applications and usages of lumens (XLM).

Stellar.org’s founding mission is to promote global financial access and inclusion through the development of the Stellar Network, a distributed, hybrid blockchain that is fully open-source. Its infrastructure facilitates cross-asset transfers of value, including payments, and provides an instant clearing, settlement, and execution platform — enabling money to move directly between people, companies and financial institutions across borders as easily as email. By building public, open-source software, Stellar.org enables institutions to provide low-cost financial technologies and applications to serve all geographies, ethnicities, wealth levels, and religions.

Based out of Bahrain and licensed by the Central Bank of Bahrain, SRB has been serving the Islamic financial markets for well over 13 years. With 35 scholars spanning 19 countries, its Sharia certification and Sharia audit services are recognized globally. SRB is widely considered as one of the world’s leading Sharia advisory organization offering banks, insurance and asset management institutions a range of Sharia certification and supervisory services across all major asset classes.

In partnership with SRB, this certification will help grow the Stellar ecosystem in regions where financial services require compliance with Islamic financing principles. For example, Islamic financial institutions in the Gulf Cooperation Council (i.e. Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE) and parts of Southeast Asia (e.g. Indonesia and Malaysia) will now be able to integrate Stellar technology in their Sharia-compliant product and service offerings.

The Stellar network’s Sharia compliance certification will help further the organization’s mission of driving global financial access and inclusion, as these regions in the Gulf and Southeast Asia are major endpoints of popular  foreign worker remittance corridors. In the next few months, members of the Stellar.org will meet with Islamic financial institutions and engage them on how to best utilize Stellar in their financial services and products.

About Stellar.org

Stellar.org is a Silicon Valley based nonprofit organization that supports the Stellar network, a free, open-source network that connects diverse financial systems and lets anyone build low-cost financial services—payments, savings, loans, insurance—for their community. The Stellar network enables money and value to move directly between people, companies and financial institutions as easily as email. This interconnectivity means more access for individuals, lower costs for banks, and more revenue for businesses. For more on Stellar.org, visit www.stellar.org.

Kazakhstan Ijara Company shifts gear for expansion with Shariyah Review Bureau

Kazakhstan Ijara Company shifts gear for expansion with Shariyah Review Bureau

Kazakhstan Ijara Company (“KIC”), the first Sharia compliant leasing company that was established in Kazakhstan announced the assignment of Shariyah Review Bureau (“SRB”) to setup its Sharia Supervisory Board and help manage ongoing certification, consultation and Sharia Audits.

Founded in April 2013, KIC employs more than 20 staff, and primarily operates in the field of leasing and providing financing facilities to all sectors of the Kazakhstani economy, including supporting the growth and development of small and medium enterprises in the country.

SRB is one of the leading Sharia advisory firms serving clients worldwide and is acting as Sharia Advisor to various Kazakhstani financial institutions. Based out of Bahrain, it has a global network of more than 34 scholars and a dedicated team of Sharia consultants and Sharia auditors. In line with legal regulations of the Central Bank of Bahrain, SRB has built its own global Sharia compliance program.

KIC has already registered its breakthrough by having served 120 institutional clients in the country and now hopes to be doing a lot more in the region. Yusuf Karsi, General Director, said “We can provide any leasing and financing solution in the SME space: project finance, leasing development, agricultural services everything from hiring to the sale and transfer of assets. With such diverse offerings, we see it very important to create the necessary Sharia frameworks for KIC.” He adds that the assignment of SRB is part of the firm’s strategy to ensure robustness in Sharia compliance affairs. “Our new arrangement with SRB will provide us with a Sharia springboard and further strengthen our existing offerings as we continue to build upon our client base and expansion strategies in the country. We remain committed on providing the highest quality Sharia compliant products and services to our clients.”

The ability to model and certify diverse products and investment structures is critical for Islamic financial institutions. Technical support and Sharia compliance reporting are also key factors. It is here that SRB assists in maintaining and supervising Sharia compliance across variant departments and functions all the while ensuring compatibility with internal reporting structures and the central Sharia Board and review requirements. It’s centralized approach has helped lower Sharia review and certification costs.

“In today’s ever-changing world, outsourcing Sharia Board services has become a solution for an increasing number of establishments worldwide. The constant demand of new investment Funds and banking products is changing the way Islamic financial industry functions” said Yasser S. Dahlawi, CEO and Founder of SRB. “Compared with outsourcing Sharia Advisory functions ten years ago, the main driver behind today’s outsourcing services is more than just cost savings. Today, Islamic banks and financing companies are looking to achieve a competitive edge and guidance about product transformation through quicker reviews and certification.”

Yasser adds “this is why we continue to make big investments in Sharia advisory management in order to be a reliable and trusted partner for our clients in their outsourcing assignments and the positive feedback we continue to receive from our clients shows our commitment.”

Simply Ethical’ s online investment service to be supervised by Shariyah Review Bureau

Simply Ethical’ s online investment service to be supervised by Shariyah Review Bureau

UK based Simply Ethical, today announces the assignment of Shariyah Review Bureau (“SRB”) to supervise its self-invest platform in a Sharia compliant manner. The subscription based digital platform allows investors to select and automatically manage their portfolios composed of stocks, funds and ETF’s.

Self-invest platforms have expanded rapidly in the UK and have become the main way retail investors are accessing investments. Currently in the UK there is no Self Invest platform that is wholly dedicated to providing Sharia complaint & ethical investments and this is the gap Simply Ethical is looking to fill. The Simply Ethical self invest platform will give investors access to over 100 individual investments and a range of model portfolios that can be purchased and managed in a number of tax efficient vehicles such as pensions.

Simply Ethical has been a leader and pioneer in providing Sharia Compliant Wealth Management and Investment services in the UK. It’s vision is to give Islamic Investors the best possible range of options and access when it comes to Sharia compliant investments, financial products and advice. Furthermore, Simply Ethical is seeking to appeal to ethically minded investors based on the values and principles underpinning Islamic Finance. Faizal Karbani, Chief Executive of Simply Ethical, notes: “This platform is about providing the retail market with access to Sharia compliant and ethical investments so that they can save and invest in an easy and affordable way.” Commenting on the assignment of SRB he adds “they share our excitement about the significant opportunities in the online Islamic investment marketplace. Giving our clients the assurance that our service is Sharia compliant is important and we have therefore decided to assign SRB the role of certifying and auditing our platform for Sharia Compliance”.

For well over a decade SRB has been delivering cost efficient, growth based Sharia certification and Sharia audit opportunities for clients around the world.  “Progressive businesses like Simply Ethical recognize that true Sharia compliance experience is crucial to customers satisfaction,” said Yasser S. Dahlawi, CEO and Founder of SRB. “In our role as Sharia Advisor’s, we will go beyond the Sharia review of fund management and investment procedures and develop a robust Sharia screening framework that drive business growth.” He added, “we look forward to helping Simply Ethical embed Sharia compliant frameworks that is powered by best practices into the core of their digital strategy.”

 

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