Kirkland partner Arshad A. Ahmed will be a featured speaker at the 2nd Annual Islamic Finance Symposium, which will take place on Saturday, February 28, 2009, at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law.
The Symposium aims to provide information about Islamic finance, which has quickly expanded into an industry valued at over $500 billion, involving corporations, law firms and religious advisers. This phenomenon has reached the U.S.; several U.S.-based banks have emerged and dozens of American law firms have opened offices in the Gulf region or cultivated a practice niche from their U.S. offices. However, the field of Islamic finance remains a mystery to many, and to others who are deeply familiar with it, it remains a realm of open debate, as many points relating to the theory and application of Islamic finance are hotly contested.
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