Optimizing Shari’a Audit for SEDCO Capital

SEDCO Capital, a leading provider of Shari’a  compliant investment solutions, today announced assigning the External Shari’a  Audit of its $160 million real estate funds to Shariyah Review Bureau (SRB). The two funds which SRB will be periodically auditing the implementation of the Shari’a h guidelines are SEDCO Capital Partners Group Opportunities Fund and SEDCO Capital Real Estate Income Fund I.

The firms announced that they have finalized the scope of work wherein SEDCO Capital will outsource the Shari’a  audit of its two real estate funds to SRB in order to independently ensure that the investments, Zakah verification, implementation of the modalities and reporting functions are conducted in accordance with the Shari’a  guidelines set out by SEDCO Capital Shari’a  Supervisory Board.

Mr. Khalid Gama, SEDCO Capital’s internal Shari’a  Advisor added “we pride ourselves to be a fully Shari’a  complaint investment and solution provider since the start of SEDCO Capital in 2010 and SEDCO Group operations in the 70’s. Our internal Shari’a  compliant approval process is very thorough as it is done with close collaboration with top scholars in the Shari’a  industry; the SRB’s audit will complement our process and add credibility to our already detailed process.”

From his end, Mr. Yasser S. Dahlawi, CEO and Founder of SRB said, “With the phenomenal faith based growth in Shari’a compliant assets in the Middle East, and particularly in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the market for Islamic real estate investment assets is poised for continued growth. Our company is at the forefront of building innovative Shari’a  supervisory structures and providing independent Shari’a Audit service delivery.”

Dahlawi adds, “Our Shari’a  Compliance audit will help build a more integrated real estate governance, procedural reviews, and investor reporting. We are very excited to expand and offer our services to SEDCO Capital to better serve the Shari’a  compliance interests of the funds stakeholders.”

About SEDCO Capital

SEDCO Capital is a fully-owned subsidiary of SEDCO Holding, a diverse and expanding Saudi group of companies that has successfully served its shareholders since 1976. It is a leading provider of Shari’ah compliant investment solutions, with a successful track record managing and advising $2.8 billion of assets for clients across a private equity, real estate and public equity.

The guiding principles of SEDCO include a commitment to carry out all its activities in accordance with principles of Shari’ah: to attract and retain top-quality professionals from across the globe; to ensure strong controls and management processes, including highly developed information systems; to provide innovative Shari’a h-compliant products; and to demonstrate a consistent track record that exceeds market performance.