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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.



Mintz Levin cuts back on European patent prosecution after string of departures

Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo is scaling back its UK presence by no longer conducting European patent prosecution from its London office.  The move follows the launch of Cooley’s patent practice in London and the hiring of Mintz Levin attorneys David Wraige, Jacqueline Ireland and Daniel Sellwood.  The firm also lost its UK […]


Summer special: three in one

You will not be surprised to learn that I go out to eat quite a lot. Sometimes I forget to concentrate and can’t remember enough about the food to write a sensible review. Sometimes the food isn’t that interesting and sometimes I’m having such a good time with my companions that it seems rude to […]


Top 10 stories: 7-13 August 2015

The debate over the future of the legal profession hotted up last week and dominated our most-read stories list. Overture strategy director Mark Brandon’s response to last week’s piece by Adam Smith, Esq’s Bruce MacEwen prompted a lot of comments as readers joined the debate over what tomorrow’s law firm will look like. While some […]

US: White & Case becomes latest international firm to launch in South Korea

White & Case has become the latest US firm to open an office in Seoul with the relocation of current Korea practice head James Lee from Los Angeles. White & Case has had a Korea practice for more than 20 years. The Seoul opening signals the firm’s move to strengthen and expand its existing Korea […]

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Prudential set to announce new legal panel

Financial services giant Prudential is currently in the process of reviewing its legal panel with the line-up set to be announced imminently. The panel was last reviewed in 2011 by Prudential’s general counsel Margaret Coltman, who is understood to be carrying out the current review. Coltman previously worked at Lloyds Banking Group and was a […]

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