MTI Corporate Finance seminar ‘Strategizing for Islamic Finance’
Photo Caption (L-R): MTI's Speaker Xavier Jopart presenting to the audience and the MTI?s Corporate Finance Team seated
The MTI Team happily accommodated Xavier Jopart for three days and organized many key meetings with industry practitioners in the country. MTI’s speaker Xavier Jopart spent the first 10 years of his career with McKinsey in international consultancy across Europe and Middle East. He is an acclaimed Thought Leader in Islamic Finance, having played an active role in the World Islamic Banking Conference (at which both MTI & McKinsey present). The MTI’s Corporate Finance Panel drew some of the best industry figures that included Mano Tittawella, Pushpaka Ranasinghe, Manilka Fernando, Deshal Pandithage, Dinesh Fernando, and Ishrat Rauff.
The objective of the seminar was to introduce the basic concepts of Islamic Finance and its recent developments; discuss whether Islamic Finance is a real alternative to conventional finance; review the main challenges for the industry in general; and discusses the Islamic banking opportunity and market in Sri Lanka. The audience consisted of many key executives in the corporate and senior managements across the banking and financial industry in Sri Lanka.
Xavier Jopart concluded that the Islamic Finance industry in Sri Lanka is still in its infancy but offers great prospects for the future. Presenting at the seminar, he said that Islamic Finance holds a large market potential in non-Muslim countries, serving minorities and possibly extending the concept to Ethical Finance along with various numerous challenges at regulatory, political, institutional and individual levels that need to be overcome to push growth. He also stated that the industry is enjoying a vibrant environment where things change every day with new players emerging every day. The seminar concluded with a very interactive Q&A session which opened up various discussions.
MTI Corporate Finance provides solutions mainly in four domains. Firstly, Corporate Funding & IPO’s where it provides IPO Facilitation, Capital Structuring, Capital Sourcing & Venture Funding, and Working Capital Management. Secondly, Incorporation & Acquisitions where it provides Incorporation Facilitation, Due Diligence, Feasibility Report, M&A Facilitations, Valuations, and Public—Private Partnership. Thirdly, Asset Management where it provides two specialized services which is Investment Research and Fund Management. And Fourthly, Governance & Compliance where it provides Corporate Governance, Risk Management, Company Secretarial, Commercial Legal, Taxation Advisory, Internal Audit.
MTI Corporate Finance is the Finance arm of MTI Consulting, an international strategic management consultancy with operations in Bahrain, Bangladesh, India, Mexico, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, UAE and UK, that has provided 400 client-specific projects in 40 countries across 5 continents since 1997.
MTI's Consulting Solutions include Strategic Planning, Re-Structuring, Marketing, Brand Management, Sales and Channel Management, and Service Quality. MTI recently launched out into specialist consultancy business areas in Finance, Legal, IT, HRM, Branding and Supply Chain.
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