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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.



Pernod Ricard and Diageo make a £5.5bn joint purchase of the spirits and wine business of the Seagram Company. Pernod Ricard represented by Macfarlanes (Robert Sutton and Tim Lewis) with US advice from Debevoise & Plimpton. Financial advisers JP Morgan and Société Générale. Diageo represented by Slaughter and May (Steve Cooke) and in the US […]


Is everyone experiencing New Year blues or do corporate lawyers really have a genuine excuse for being so downbeat about the coming year? Ask any legal professional for their opinion on how 2001 looks to be shaping up and the response is doom and gloom. Dotcoms are still continuing to scare the hell out of […]

Beazer slashes UK property legal panel

Construction company Beazer Homes is cutting its property legal panel by more than half as it reaches the final stages of its proposed merger with Bryant. At present the company uses six external firms, including Davies Arnold Cooper, Ward Hadaway, Hammond Suddards Edge and Eversheds, throughout its regions, which are broken down into the North, […]

Commerzbank reviews legal panel

Commerzbank is conducting a review of its preferred legal advisers just a year after setting up the panel. The move coincides with the German bank instructing Lovells for the first time when the firm advised on its role as arranger and underwriter on Vaillant’s bid for UK engineering group Hepworth (see page 13). Because of […]

Insolvency practices prepare for the worst

CC Raids Lovells workout team; Dechert launches insolvency practice; Herbert Smith group splinters UK law firms are rushing to shore up their insolvency and restructuring practices as economists predict a slowdown. Clifford Chance is taking on Nicholas Frome, head of business restructuring at Lovells, who is expected to join the firm’s restructuring and insolvency group […]

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