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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.


Herbert Smith dumps client on price-fixing case

Herbert Smith has pulled out of acting on one of the world’s largest price-fixing cases against a host of pharmaceutical companies because of uncertainty over fees. The firm’s client, Regent-GM Laboratories, is insolvent and this is understood to have led to concerns at Herbert Smith over whether it would be paid in full for its […]

Parmalat firms forgo fees after spurning bank claims

Gianni Origoni and Weil Gotshal stick by deal with Bondi not to pursue action against ‘potential clients’ Gianni Origoni Grippo & Partners and Weil Gotshal & Manges will miss out on millions of pounds in fees after refusing to litigate against investment banks in lawsuits connected to bankrupt Italian dairy group Parmalat. The decision by […]

Tyco’s Europe advisers next to face the axe in panel weed-out

After emerging from crippling debts and a very public accounting scandal, Tyco has launched a searing review of its global legal advisers, with European law firms next in line to face the spotlight. So far, the manufacturing conglomerate has taken an axe to its US legal advisers. From a line-up of 25 law firms Tyco […]

Careers: people

Canterbury firm Furley Page has bolstered its family law division with the hire of solicitor Anne Blenkinsop from Maidstone’s ASB Law. Blenkinsop has 14 years’ experience in family law and is a member of the Law Society’s Family Law Panel. Mace & Jones has appointed a trio of new solicitors to its property teams in […]

Burness posts 17 per cent turnover hike

Scotland’s Burness has announced a 17 per cent rise in turnover, taking gross revenues to £14.9m compared with £12.7m the previous year. Turnover is now almost 50 per cent higher than in 1999-2000. Property and employment netted many new mandates as well as more work from existing clients. Burness also increased its employees last year, […]

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