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Linklaters has hired KPMG global Islamic finance head Neil Miller as its new global Islamic finance head, based in Dubai.
Miller joins the magic circle firm from accountancy firm KPMG. He joined KPMG two years ago from Norton Rose (25 January 2011), having developed a leading Islamic finance practice at the firm over around 20 years.
Norton Rose moved Miller out to Dubai from London in 2009 (16 February 2009) in a bid to strengthen its Middle East practice. He previously headed Norton Rose’s Bahrain office from 1997 to 2000.
In an email to clients and contacts, Miller said: “My two-year contract as the global head of Islamic finance for KPMG will be coming to an end on 31 March. After an interesting period establishing the firm’s Centre of Excellence for Islamic Finance based in Dubai, my work will be taken forward by the group of Islamic finance champions in each KPMG national firm where Islamic finance is practised.”
In a statement issued by Linklaters confirming his appointment, Miller added that the Islamic financial services industry had developed rapidly in recent years as it offered a “value proposition that fits with a growing desire to embed ethics in the global financial system”.