Islamic Finance Insolvencies under Secular Bankruptcy Laws: A Case Study of Arcapita Bank under US Chapter 11

  • Najeeb ZadaEmail author
  • Ahcene Lahsasna
  • Ziyaad Mahomed
  • Muhammad Yusuf Saleem
Part of the Palgrave CIBFR Studies in Islamic Finance book series (PCSIF)


Like many other financial institutions, Bahrain-based Arcapita Bank operating in the United States was hit hard by the Eurozone crisis that followed the global financial crisis. Unable to restructure its $1.1 billion debt obligations due in March 2013, the bank decided to file for Chapter 11 protection in the US Bankruptcy Court. This case study introduces Arcapita and its operations, explains the US Chapter 11 and its important aspects like debtor in possession (DIP) financing, highlights the most significant episodes of the Arcapita case, and concludes with important lessons embedded in the proceedings. The case as a precedent as well as Chapter 11 as the basis for a corporate insolvency law in Islamic finance is also discussed.


Insolvency Chapter 11 DIP financing Shariah compliance 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Najeeb Zada
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ahcene Lahsasna
    • 2
  • Ziyaad Mahomed
    • 3
  • Muhammad Yusuf Saleem
    • 4
  1. 1.International Centre for Education in Islamic Finance (INCEIF)Kuala LumpurMalaysia
  2. 2.Center of Research & PublicationINCEIFKuala LumpurMalaysia
  3. 3.INCEIF and Sharīʿah Advisor & Islamic Finance Institute of Southern AfricaIFISAGautengSouth Africa
  4. 4.INCEIFKuala LumpurMalaysia

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