Head of Islamic Finance – Europe, Norton Rose Fulbright
Farmida Bi is a partner in the London office of Norton Rose Fulbright and has specialised in capital markets and Islamic finance transactions for over 20 years, advising on English and New York law. She has acted on many ground breaking Islamic finance transactions, including Pakistan’s US$1bn sukuk issuance, the Goldman Sachs US$500mn sukuk issuance and Indonesia’s US$3bn sukuk programme and initial issuance of US$1bn of sukuk under Rule 144A and Regulation S.
A recognised expert in the Islamic capital markets field, Farmida is ranked in Band 1 for Islamic finance in Chambers UK 2016 and named as a ‘leading individual’ for Islamic finance in the Legal 500. She is European Head of Islamic Finance at Norton Rose Fulbright.
Farmida is a graduate of Downing College, Cambridge and is qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales and a New York attorney. She presented at the Harvard Islamic Finance Project seminar in April 2015; gave the keynote address for the Harvard/LSE Islamic Finance Roundtable in February 2014; chaired the Scholars’ panel at the Euromoney Islamic Finance Summit in February 2014; and was awarded ‘Best in Banking and Finance’ at the Euromoney Women in Business Law (Europe) Awards in 2013 and 2011. Farmida regularly speaks about Islamic finance, including at Cambridge University, Harvard University, University College Dublin, Warwick University and Nottingham University, as well as speaking at conferences in London, Madrid and Luxembourg in the past year. Farmida is also a frequent contributor to publications such as Islamic Finance News.