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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.


Ian Brownhill of No5 Chambers comments on international human rights cases

Ian Brownhill of No5 Chambers has commented in the media on three international human rights cases.  Referring to the execution of Edgar Tamayo by Texas on 22 January, Ian Brownhill, writing in the Amicus ALJ newsletter, sets out the legal basis of the decision of the International Court of Justice and warns that there could […]

Eversheds appointed to Crescent Purchasing Consortium Legal Service Framework

The education team at Eversheds has successfully been appointed to the Crescent Purchasing Consortium (CPC) Legal Services Framework. CPC is a procurement consortia serving the further education sector, academies and similar educational establishments in obtaining better value for money for goods and services. CPC gives members access to EU tendered framework agreements. As part of […]

Beer glass designs and the difference between registered and unregistered designs

The Intellectual Property Enterprise Court — formerly the Patents County Court — has ruled that a UK registered design for a beer glass was valid and infringed by the defendants’ glass. It also found that the unregistered design right in the design was infringed by one of the rival’s design features. Registered designs — governed by the Registered […]

Neil Blundell

Match Fixing: Football’s Hot Topic For 2014

With the World Cup in Brazil looming but match fixing on the rise, it is to be hoped that 2014 be remembered for sporting reasons rather than for scandals Match fixing has been described by Jacques Rogge, the former president of the International Olympic Committee, as posing a greater threat to the integrity of sport […]


Waste not, want not

Litigants have a newfound impetus for pushing the boundaries of law, particularly when it comes to costs. A recent DLA Piper case suggests lawyers could be in the firing line. Should the High Court be able to hold an instructed solicitor liable for costs? Less than a year into the Jackson era and the ramifications […]

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