Chicago, IL, USA, 20 June 2016 – Baker & McKenzie advised Mohammed I. Alsubeaei & Sons Investment Company (MASIC), a leading private equity investment company based in Saudi Arabia in a USD219 million dollar murabaha facility to develop a luxury condominium development. MASIC provided the mezzanine financing for the development project, 45 Park Place, located in New York's TriBeCa neighborhood. This deal highlights the expansion of Islamic financing into the US real estate market.

MASIC partnered with other financial institutions and Soho Properties on the downtown condo project, which is scheduled for completion in 2018. Financiers for the project include Malayan Banking Berhad, London Branch; Intesa Sanpaolo S.p.A.; Warba Bank K.S.C.P.;. and MASIC.

Baker & McKenzie partner Mona Dajani said: “This successful financing by MASIC is a milestone transaction in the United States using tiered Shari’ah-compliant facilities for commercial transactions. This transaction aptly demonstrates the increased activity in Islamic financings in the United States which has emerged over the past year.”

The Baker & McKenzie team, led by Ms. Dajani, included partner, Pat McDonald and associates Michael Reed, and Maher Haddad.

For more than 30 years, Baker & McKenzie's international Islamic finance lawyers have demonstrated experience in structuring, documenting and negotiating complex transactions and developing innovative Shari’ah-compliant techniques, including in relation to Murabaha, Ijara, Wakala, Istisna, Salam, Mudaraba, Musharaka and other structures including Sukuk issues. Our knowledge and insight enable clients to successfully navigate the complexities surrounding these structures on a global basis.

The New York Branch of Malayan Banking Berhad was represented by a legal team from Reed Smith LLP led by Joseph A. Sarcinella and including Gerard A. Hefner, Konstantinos P. Melitsanopoulos and Rose C. Plager-Unger.

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