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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.


HR survey: Field Fisher Waterhouse

HR head Elaine Elliot. Trainee retention rate90 per cent. Assistant attrition rate17 per cent. SalariesNQ – £46,000;3PQE – £58,000. BonusesNone. Training Full range of professional and managerial skills training. AppraisalsIn some areas, appraisals are 360°. Annual appraisals, informal reviews and monthly figures on targets. Billable hours target1,500 plus a 200-hour per annum non-chargeable hours target. […]

BellSouth general counsel departs

BellSouth Corporation’s general counsel has quit the Fortune 100 telecoms group, to be immediately replaced by two vice presidents in the legal department. The company said that general counsel Charles Morgan has left for personal reasons. It was recently reported that Morgan was arrested in May on one account of battery on his wife and […]

Norton Rose joins M&S war in shock disposal

Norton Rose has emerged as the latest law firm to benefit from the City’s battle du jour, acting for HSBC on today’s (12 July) surprise offer for Marks & Spencer’s (M&S) financial services arm. M&S new chief executive Stuart Rose announced the sale of its financial services business earlier today as a package of measures […]

HR survey: Beachcroft Wansbroughs

HR head Carol Gilbert. Trainee retention rate88 per cent. Assistant attrition rate18 per cent. Salary rangeNQ – London £42,000;NQ – regions £31,000. BonusesPerformance-related bonuses awarded annually, valued at up to 20 per cent of base salary. Training Structured training provided in conjunction with universities and leading law schools. AppraisalsAnnual formal appraisals. Assistants are encouraged to […]

Linklaters breaks new ground in Japan with lateral move

Linklaters is going ahead with the key hires of two leading Japanese partners from local corporate finance firm Mitsui Yasuda Wani & Maeda, giving the magic circle firm local capability for the first time. As first revealed by The Lawyer ( on 6 July the magic circle firm has appointed partners Mitsushiro Yasuda and Akihiro […]

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