Jonathan Lawrence

Jonathan Lawrence

K&L Gates LLP

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Impact of Brexit on UK FinTech

In this insight we consider the current and potential effect of Brexit on the UK’s FinTech industry across areas including regulation and passporting, data sharing, anti-money laundering, human capital, the role of banks,...more

7/20/2016 - Anti-Money Laundering EU EU-US Privacy Shield Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) FinTech General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Passporting Payment Services Directive Popular Referendums U.S. Commerce Department UK UK Brexit UK Data Protection Act

Third Party (Rights Against Insurers) Act 2010

The Third Party (Rights Against Insurers) Act 2010 (the “2010 Act”) finally comes into force on 1 August 2016. The 2010 Act makes it easier for a third party to bring a claim against an insurer when the insured party has...more

7/15/2016 - Insolvency Insurance Industry Third-Party UK

Brexit and Islamic Finance

The future exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union is to be one of the most profound political, economic and legal events in the country’s recent history. For those who seek to engage with Islamic Finance and...more

7/12/2016 - EU Islamic-Compliant Member State Referendums UK UK Brexit

The European Banking Authority Shadow Banking Guidelines: Unintended Consequences

This article considers the recent European Banking Authority Shadow Banking Guidelines (the “Guidelines”), seeks a definition of shadow banking and discusses some of the potential consequences of the Guidelines for...more

4/18/2016 - Banking Sector EU European Banking Authority Financial Institutions Regulatory Oversight Risk Management Shadow Banking SMEs

Indonesia’s Next Steps in Islamic Finance

Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation, is currently taking action, at both the local and international levels, to distinguish the country in the global Islamic finance markets. Originally published in the...more

3/14/2016 - Banking Sector Financial Institutions Foreign Investment Indonesia Islamic-Compliant Muslims

FinTech in the UK: Regulating Disruption

The United Kingdom Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser in its 2015 FinTech Report considered “FinTech” as the integration of “finance and technology in ways that will disrupt traditional financial models and businesses and...more

1/22/2016 - Consumer Lenders Crowdfunding Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) Financial Sector FinTech Online Marketplace Lending Popular UK

Islamic Finance in Indonesia: Waking up the Sleeping Giant

This alert will bring to your attention the significant measures the Indonesian government has taken to provide the regulatory environment necessary to germinate and stabilise their Islamic finance market including:...more

12/23/2015 - Banking Sector Capital Markets Indonesia Regulatory Standards Sharia Law

Solar Sukuk Lights the Way to Alternative Funding Sources: Australia, Indonesia and Malaysia Working Together

SGI-Mitabu, a joint venture of two Australian solar companies, The Solar Guys International and Mitabu Australia, has revived its plans to fund its Indonesian 250 megawatt solar project with Islamic compliant funding. The...more

3/12/2015 - Australia Energy Projects Energy Sector Financing Joint Venture Solar Energy

An Islamic Megabank for Indonesia?

With the world's largest Muslim population, one might question why Indonesia’s Islamic finance market lags behind that of neighbouring Malaysia. In 2013 only 4.9% of total banking assets were held by Indonesian Islamic banks,...more

2/26/2015 - Banking Sector Banks Financial Markets Indonesia

“Ghost in the Machine”: Ghost Written Signatures on Legal Documents and the Authority to Act

Last week, celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay failed in his claim in the English High Court that he was not liable under a personal guarantee and indemnity (the “guarantee”) purportedly given by him in respect of a lease acquired...more


Islamic Finance in Indonesia: Past, Present and Future

This insight aims to highlight new rules governing the Islamic finance sector in Indonesia and the enhanced role of the National Shariah Board, to set out the current state of the market including opportunities for foreign...more

12/1/2014 - Foreign Investment Indonesia International Finance

Real estate finance – Shari’ah compliant transactions

Produced in partnership with K&L Gates LLP - Real estate is an increasingly important asset class for Islamic-compliant transactions and banks in the UK. Islamic-compliant finance has proved to be an alternative source...more

12/5/2013 - Asset Class Financing Investors Islamic-Compliant Leases Real Estate Market Sharia Law

The IDB assisting private sector growth in Africa

Introduction - The World Bank has estimated that capital investments in infrastructure of US$93 billion per year will be required in sub-Saharan Africa to sustain growth in the region, with only US$40 billion currently...more

12/3/2013 - Africa Economic Development Financing Infrastructure Sharia Law

The Islamic Development Bank Assisting Private Sector Growth in Africa

Over the past decade, six out of the 10 fastest growing economies in the world have been located in Sub-Saharan Africa. With the continent continuing to derive benefit from increased stability and the growth of civil...more

11/5/2013 - Banks Economic Development Foreign Banks Foreign Investment Infrastructure World Bank

Resolving Islamic finance disputes through international arbitration

The tendency to favor litigation - Litigation through the courts is the most well-known method of determining disputes. A recent judgment of the UK Tax Chamber of the First Tier Tribunal published on the 15th July 2013...more

10/9/2013 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Contract Drafting Discrimination EU Religious Discrimination Sharia Law Stamp Duty Land Tax UK

Two techniques and one transaction: combining conventional and Islamic compliant finance

- Co-financing by conventional lenders and Islamic compliant financiers is increasingly common as businesses seek multiple sources of funding. - The structural differences between these tranches mean that issues...more

10/8/2013 - Financing Intercreditor Agreements Islamic-Compliant Lenders Real Estate Market Required Documentation Sharia Law

Resolving Islamic Finance Disputes

The number of Sharia-compliant products and transactions has grown enormously over the past decade. Many of the contracts that underpin Islamic finance transactions are governed by English law or the law of another country,...more

9/23/2013 - Arbitration Financing Islamic-Compliant Mediation Sharia Law

Sharia compliant financing of commercial real estate

In This Issue: - Sharia compliant financing of commercial real estate - Introduction - Real estate as an asset class - Sharia compliance issues that particularly affect commercial real estate...more

9/3/2013 - Asset Class Asset-Backed Securities Commercial Real Estate Market Financing Intercreditor Agreements Islamic-Compliant Joint Venture Leases Sharia Law

Islamic Finance in Germany: Roundtable Report

On 4 June 2013, Rüdiger von Hülst and Matthias Grund of the Berlin and Frankfurt offices of international law firm K&L Gates hosted a roundtable in relation to the future role of Islamic finance in the German economy....more


Iranian Bank Restrictions

FACTS - HM Treasury restricted access to the UK's financial markets by a major Iranian commercial bank, Bank Mellat, on account of its alleged connection with Iran's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programmes....more

7/15/2013 - Foreign Banks Iran Iran Sanctions UK

Real Estate Finance Deals: Jersey Law Update

Jersey LLPs: a new dawn as investment and property holding vehicles A recent amendment to the Limited Liability Partnership (Jersey) Law 1997 (the "Law") could see Jersey Limited Liability Partnerships (Jersey LLPs) gain...more

2/18/2013 - EU Insolvency LLPs Real Estate Holding Companies Real Estate Market

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