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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.


Chris Allen

Chris Allen: Blacks Solicitors

What was your first-ever job? Dough machine cleaner in a bakery. What was your worst experience as a trainee? Snapping my key in the ignition on a no-parking zone, then locking my car with the briefcase still inside and taking the taxi ride from hell to borrow an alternative car, incurring repair and towing charges, […]

Tim Maloney

Dorsey would rather talk about City resurgence than its former partner

Can the firm’s progress in London distract attention away from the Rimmington trial? By Matt Byrne Next month a former partner from the London office of Dorsey & Whitney will stand trial accused of insider trading. Andrew Rimmington is charged along with former McDermott Will & Emery partner Michael McFall with insider trading relating to […]

Schilling Zutt raids Skadden for Frankfurt launch

Schilling Zutt & Anschutz (SZA) has raided Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom’s tax practice ahead of its new office opening in Frankfurt. Skadden partner Dr Hans-Goerg Berg is leaving the firm for SZA along with counsel Rolf Schmich and associate Bjorn Enders. The move leaves Skadden with no tax practitioners in its Frankfurt office, […]


Howes Percival sets up shop in the City

Regional firm Howes Percival has launched its London office with the recruitment of Blake Lapthorn insolvency chief Nick Oliver as a partner. Oliver will join the firm in August to lead the insolvency and corporate recovery department. Managing ­partner Andrew Barnes said: “Our intention is that the London office will grow in time to cover […]

Freeth Cartwright hires IP head from Martineau

Midlands firm Freeth Cartwright has brought in Simon Barker from Birmingham rival Martineau to head its intellectual property team. The move comes weeks before the firm opens its new office in London’s West End. Barker, a senior associate, specialises in advertising and marketing law, brand licensing and protection, and product endorsement. Before joining Martineau he […]

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