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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.


Adams looks for new niche in Canary Wharf

East London firm Adams is opening a third office in Canary Wharf in a bid to reposition itself as a boutique corporate and finance practice. The new office, on the 29th floor of One Canada Square, will open on 1 September with an estimated 18 staff and will specialise in corporate, finance and property. The […]

Rowleys goes head-to-head with A&O over Turner & Newall pension conflict

Trade union specialists Rowley Ashworth is facing up to Allen & Overy (A&O) in continued negotiations over Turner & Newall pensions. Rowleys has been instructed by Amicus, the technical and skilled workers’ union, in the recent UK and US-based talks. A&O’s employment, pensions and incentives head Derek Sloan, with partners Gordon Stewart and Susan Hazledine, […]

US lawyer joins Haarmanns’ new management

Haarmann Hemmelrath has recruited US lawyer and company turnaround specialist Jeff Thinnes as its chief executive officer (CEO). Thinnes joins from his own company JTI Inc. His arrival is part of the German giant’s attempts to streamline its management, which are to be put to the vote this week. Haarmann’s 18-person partnership development board is […]

Taylor Wessing makes double hire

Taylor Wessing has expanded its Continental network with hires in Paris and Germany. The firm has recruited partner Paul-Albert Iweins from Paris boutique Inbona Iweins Charpentier-Oltramare. Iweins, a former head of the Paris Bar Council, will provide the firm with its first litigation capability. He will join as local head of commercial arbitration and litigation. […]

The battle for Abbey

For those of us not on a beach, there is only one deal in town worth watching: the battle for Abbey National. For lawyers stuck in the City, the question of who has snapped up the remaining mandates is becoming an obsession. For those of you not topping up your tans, here’s a few titbits […]

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