DUBAI, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Qatar's Masraf Al Rayan , an Islamic lender, has mandated banks for a sukuk of around $500 million, banking sources said on Wednesday.
This would be one of a likely series of debt issues in the first quarter by Gulf banks seeking U.S. dollar funding to improve their liquidity, which has been hurt by low oil prices.
However, the deal could be delayed by legal and regulatory aspects of merger talks between Masraf Al Rayan and two other Qatari institutions, Barwa Bank and International Bank of Qatar, another source told Reuters.
The proposed merger depends on securing approvals from the banks' shareholders, regulators and authorities, including the central bank.
(Editing by Andrew Torchia and Alexander Smith) ((Davide.Barbuscia@thomsonreuters.com;))
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