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Iran Borrowers Seen Sparking Sukuk Frenzy as Sanctions Phase Out

About 180 companies are considering Islamic bond sales in 2016 after a decade of international sanctions, according to Hossein Saeedi, a senior financial analyst at the corporate finance division of Tehran-based Amin Investment Bank, which has $1 billion under management.

The companies have “already started planning to design specific financial instruments to attract foreign investors to come to the Iranian market,” Saeedi, who says he’s been in talks with some of them, said by phone Monday. “If the sanctions are lifted, they are looking for aggressive sukuk financing.”

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Iranian Investment Bank Amin Introduces M&A Advisory Service

“International companies in the pharmaceutical, auto and construction industries have expressed interest in investing in the country”, Ali Sanginian, chief executive officer of Amin, said in an interview at his office in Tehran. The M&A unit was set up four months ago and has earned fees of $2 million so far, Sanginian said, with the total value of assets under management at around $1 billion. Amin reported net profit of $30 million in the past Iranian financial year, which ended in September, a 50 percent increase on the previous year, he said.

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