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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.


Tulk’s Tigers

Last Tuesday saw a climactic soccer battle between Tulkinghorn’s braves and a team of hardened Richards Butler lawyers. No prisoners were taken, no quarter was given, although the lawyers did pass around the sandwiches in the pub afterwards. An hour’s non-stop, end-to-end action at Paddington Rec saw The Lawyer team emerge victorious with a slightly […]

Schlumberger general counsel wins top spot at Atos

The UK general counsel of SchlumbergerSema James Loughrey has scooped the top UK legal role at Atos Origin after Atos completed its acquisition of the IT services company. French company Atos completed its €1.3bn (£888.7m) acquisition of Sema from Schlumberger last week and has merged Sema’s UK operations with Atos KPMG Consulting. Atos’s previous UK […]

Shepherd + Wedderburn double London corporate team

Shepherd + Wedderburn has boosted its London corporate practice with a new addition from Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG). Robert Lyons joins the five partner London branch with 17 years experience in corporate finance which includes spells at Linklaters and Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw. Lyons will become the second corporate at the firm’s London […]

Insult to injury

The amount of criticism aimed at PI means practitioners need to move with the times, argues Fraser Whitehead

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