Euromoney boosts Middle East legal and finance training courses
Author: BI-ME
Source: BI-ME
Published: 17 January 2008

INTERNATIONAL. Euromoney Training, the division of Euromoney Institutional Investor, has announced a bumper programme of courses for lawyers and bankers in the Middle East during 2008. Euromoney and Business Intelligence Middle East recently joined forces to market the programme, in support of the expanding business sector in the Gulf for legal and financial services, offshoring, audit and IT security training.

The first event in Dubai coming up is the course on Loan Documentation being held from 24-26 February 2008. This three-day intensive Euromoney Legal Training course will cover all aspects of a loan transaction, concentrating particularly on the agreement itself and on the legal implications of a properly drafted and incorrectly drafted document. Delegates will be taken step-by-step through the process of documenting a loan, from the early stages of pre-contractual issues, letters of commitment and written offers, through to administrative provisions, representations, covenants, defaults, transfer provisions, guarantees and the eventuality of insolvency.

The Corporate Finance School is scheduled for Dubai from 7-10 April 2008. The Corporate Finance School focuses on some of the main legal issues and disciplines that exist in the corporate finance area. During these four days, the School covers a substantial range of topics including conducting due diligence, preparing for and conducting a merger or acquisition, raising private equity or venture capital and understanding hedge funds.

The School will consist of a series of intensive lectures, workshops and case studies that will provide delegates with a practical insight into dealing with the issues that arise in these areas. By the end of the course, participants will be thoroughly familiar with the most important legal aspects of corporate finance.

Also in Dubai is the Law & Practice of Guarantees in International Trade course from 5-8 May 2008. The use of international guarantees, bonds and standbys has proliferated in recent years. Yet documentation errors, fraud and unfair calling have made guarantees a legal minefield and subject to more court proceedings than any other financial instrument.

This Euromoney Legal Training course analyses the legal issues in bonds and guarantees, explains the products and their uses, highlights the areas of potential risk, teaches effective documentation techniques and reveals how to recognise and deal with fraud.

Coming up in Bahrain is the Islamic Insurance course from 20-22 April 2008. Islamic banking and insurance is regarded as one of the fastest growing areas of modern international finance, and the potential for this exciting market is only just being realised. Over recent years the sector has grown rapidly and it is projected to make huge strides in years to come. Since the year 2000, Islamic insurance, Known as Takaful, has been growing at more than 15% per annum, yet the market is still at its tip especially in the Middle East, South and Southeast Asia.

This three-day Euromoney Legal Training course will provide participants with an in-depth understanding of Islamic insurance (Takaful) and the issues at play in the sector. The course will examine the nature of Takaful the structure of Takaful providers, illustrating how and why it differs from both conventional insurance and mutual or co-operative insurance.

In Istanbul from 31 January to 1 February, Euromoney will host the Financing Agreements in Project Finance course. With the general downturn in the global economy, the American power crisis, the crash of the hi-tech industry and recent global events, many banks and developers are re-examining their project finance pipelines. Europe, however, continues to offer interesting infrastructure opportunities particularly in power and transportation. International Financial Institutions (IFIs) also continue to work in developing countries and Eastern European countries in transition, as the overall cost, and risk, of finance is rising.

In Riyadh from 20-22 April 2008, Euromoney will stage the Shari’ah Banking & Finance Masterclass. The changes in Islamic finance have been tremendous since its initial inception in the 1970s. The growth over recent years has opened doors to large numbers of banks and financial institutions globally. This has led to the market becoming extremely sophisticated as well as increasingly competitive. It is therefore vital that financiers should be aware of the rules and regulations surrounding Islamic banking & finance. This highly intensive course aims to provide a thorough understanding of the legal and regulatory issues of Islamic banking & finance and to keep you updated and fully informed of the latest developments.

Abu Dhabi will host the Advanced Loan Documentation course from 6-8 May 2008. This Euromoney Legal Training course is the follow on to Euromoney’s ever-popular loan documentation training programme that has run for more than ten years. The course will deal with the more structural and commercial side of the loan agreement and will give delegates more opportunities to practice making and responding to comments on the documents. In three days the course covers a substantial range of topics including structural issues, contractual support arrangements, key clauses in the loan agreement, the loan agreement in different commercial contexts and legal issues.

Note: Euromoney Training has been the leading provider of practical skills training courses in finance & banking, international law, auditing and IT security, as well as management development since 1987. Large regional offices in London, Hong Kong, Boston and New York are providing local solutions, and local client management, in addition to an expanding team in Dubai.

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