Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (ADIB) has appointed five banks to arrange a series of investors meetings ahead of a possible sukuk (Islamic bond) issue.

The bank hired the UK’s HSBC and Standard Chartered, the US’ Morgan Stanley; and the local National Bank of Abu Dhabi and ADIB to arrange the issue, with the first investor meetings scheduled for 1 November.

In a statement, ADIB said if it went ahead with an issue, it would be in the form of “hybrid tier 1 perpetual US dollar denominated, sharia-compliant instruments”, which would be used as part of the bank’s preparations for complying with new banking regulations known as Basel 3.