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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.


Banking lawyers benefit from powerful private equity sector

Private equity houses are holding all the cards in the acquisition finance market. By Catrin Griffiths Equity cure, facility change, yank-the-bank. To non-finance lawyers the jargon all sounds faintly comic. But taken together, it all means one thing: it’s what private equity (PE) houses now expect in their documents. And the banks, desperate for mandates, […]

Bingham bolsters NY with three-partner MoFo raid

Bingham McCutchen has scooped a three-partner team from Morrison Foerster (MoFo) for its New York office. The three-lawyer team includes the former head of MoFo’s New York financial transactions group Mark Joachim. He joins along with partners Katherine Weinstein and Sandra Lee Montgomery into Bingham’s bank, commercial and structured finance group. Joachim and Weinstein will […]

Anthony Robinson: Commission for Racial Equality

The fight for equal treatment for all is a constant battle and one that the Commission for Racial Equality is hell-bent on winning. Joanne Harris reports The CRE is a public body funded by the Home Office, but it is independent of the Government. Established 30 years ago, its aims are threefold: to work towards […]

Compagnoni capture puts Weil up against Ashurst, CC

Ashurst, CC” />Weil Gotshal & Manges is going head-to-head with Clifford Chance and Ashurst in the wake of its trophy hire of Lovells partner Marco Compagnoni. The New York-based firm voted Compagnoni into the partnership last week after a recruitment process that began only a month ago. Along with Compagnoni, Weil also elected Lovells senior […]

International eye: Italy

Husnara Begum on the month in Italy: Linklaters courts Giliberti for merger Once bitten, twice shy – but not in Linklaters’ case. After its split from long-term ally Gianni Origoni Grippo & Partners, the magic circle firm has started merger talks with leading Milan-based M&A boutique Giliberti Pappalettera Triscornia e Associati in its efforts to […]

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