Matheson advises on landmark Islamic finance transaction

Christian Donagh
Christian Donagh

Matheson has advised on the first issuance and listing of a Sukuk bond that complies with the Sharia financing provisions of Irish tax law.

The Sukuk bond, issued by an Irish special purpose company, marks the first Islamic finance issuance under the Irish Taxes Consolidation Act 1997 and raised over $150 million.

In 2010, Irish tax legislation was amended to introduce the concept of ‘specified financial transactions’ into Irish law.

The amendments, set out in section 267(n) of the Act, were intended to facilitate financial transactions structured to be Sharia compliant, thereby encouraging the use of Irish companies when structuring cross-border Islamic finance issuances.

Partners Christian Donagh, Kevin Smith and Turlough Galvin, who led the transaction, said: “We are very pleased to have provided the Irish legal and tax structuring advice on this landmark transaction. It was a welcome opportunity to avail of the Islamic finance provisions of the tax code that are aimed at promoting this activity in Ireland.

“We hope that this ground breaking transaction will set the standard for future Islamic finance deals in Ireland.”

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