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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.


Breaking bonds

A personnel-poaching case that has rocked the City has cleared its first hurdle, with Mr Justice Jack ruling that broker Tullett Prebon was the victim of a conspiracy when arch rival BGC Brokers poached 10 of its brokers. Rosenblatt Solicitors partner Clive Hyer jointly instructed One Essex Court’s Jeffrey Onions and 11KBW’s Dan Oudkerk in […]


Is libel reform now really possible?

There is so much wrong with the law of libel that statutory intervention is required.  Whilst aspects of libel abuse can be dealt with by decisions of the appellate courts, or by changes to court procedure or by amendments to statutory instruments, the deeper problems are really such that primary legislation is necessary. For example, […]

Damages control

The courts have been busy rooting out the ambiguity surrounding damages for breach of contract claims. Marion Smith examines the most recent takes on these restitutionary dilemmas  All commercial clients, ­making or facing a breach of contract claim, want to know what remedy they can expect a court to award. They used to be told there […]

Peter Sharp, Steve Davis

Dewey shows joined-up thinking as calls for a City chief are answered

London gears up for next level after two years of integration. It was the news for which many – if not most – of Dewey & LeBoeuf’s City-based partners had been waiting. Last week the firm confirmed that it had appointed its first resident London managing partner since the October 2007 merger of Dewey Ballantine […]


Postcard from… Saudi Arabia

Living in Saudi Arabia as a lawyer means a lot of travel, because you are covering a country roughly the size of Western Europe, with its main business centres Jeddah on the Red Sea, Riyadh in the centre and Dammam on the Arabian Gulf, plus a fair number of out-of-country meetings in neighbouring Dubai and […]

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