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The sustainability of green financing

Maples Group acted for Xiaomi Corporation in connection with Xiaomi’s offering of US$800,000,000 2.875% Senior Bonds Due 2031 and US$400,000,000 4.100% Senior Green Bonds Due 2051 issued by Xiaomi Best Time International Limited, incorporated in Hong Kong and unconditionally and irrevocably guaranteed by Xiaomi Corporation, a company controlled through weighted voting rights and incorporated in the Cayman Islands and listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. The green bonds offering marked Xiaomi’s initial foray into the world of green financing and more broadly Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG). The proceeds of the green bonds are earmarked for ‘Eligible Projects’ within Xiaomi’s finance framework aimed at positive environmental and social benefits. Their framework follows the green bonds and loan guidelines of the International Capital Markets Association.

Guernsey consolidates economic substance and extends it to partnerships

Guernsey has brought partnerships into scope of economic substance requirements for accounting periods commencing on or after 1 January 2022, although partnerships formed on or after 1 July 2021 will be in scope immediately on formation where they conduct activities that trigger the economic substance requirements.


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Haigh dispute: Gibson Dunn replaced by Bryan Cave for GFH Capital

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has come off the record for GFH Capital on its long running dispute with former general counsel David Haigh. Gibson Dunn partner Philip Rocher has been replaced by Bryan Cave partner Robert Dougans, who will now represent the private equity house on its multiple high-profile disputes. The decision comes just weeks […]

Ex-Gibson Dunn partner Gray awarded £100k costs in David Haigh “human trafficking” claim

Former Gibson Dunn & Crutcher partner Peter Gray has been awarded costs of £108,000 following a private prosecution launched by ex-GFH Capital general counsel David Haigh. Haigh instructed Stephenson Harwood to bring a case against Gray and his former employers GFH Capital executives Hisham Al Rayes and Jinesh Patel, alleging the trio engaged in “human trafficking” […]

Ex-GFH Capital GC Haigh sentenced to two years in jail in Dubai

Ex-Leeds United chief and GFH Capital general counsel David Haigh has been found guilty of embezzlement and breach of trust in Dubai and sentenced to two years’ imprisonment. Haigh’s sentence includes time served and he will be released in November, having spent 13 months in prison in Dubai before he was officially charged in June. […]


Elite European firms predict digitisation and recovery for 2020

Leading European firms have hailed digitisation as the next step forward for the profession on the Continent. Speaking in a series of video interviews as part of the release of The Lawyer European 100, managing partners from top firms in Germany, Ireland and Sweden have expressed optimism for 2020 and 2021, despite the pandemic. Luther […]

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