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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.


Intellectual property

DLA Piper’s Intellectual Property and Technology practice is one of the largest groups of intellectual property (IP) lawyers in the world. Nearly 400 lawyers develop asset management and protection strategies designed to help clients manage risk, continue growth and protect market share around the globe. We understand the commercial issues and pressures that arise from IP disputes or […]

Criminal liability for auditors – who’s next?

The Companies Bill recently passed in the Legislative Council renders auditors criminally liable if they knowingly or recklessly omit certain information from their reports. In this legal update we discuss this important new development and its intended and possibly unintended consequences. Click on the link above to download briefing.


Hot 100: Claire Jeffs, Slaughter and May

The star of Slaughter and May partner Claire Jeffs, who first made an appearance in the 2005 Hot 100 as a senior associate, continues to rise in the competition arena. A resident of the firm’s Brussels office, Jeffs had been involved in some of the highest profile merger cases before the UK and EU competition […]

Update: government consultation on employee ownership and share buy backs

The BIS report on the Nuttall Review of Employee Ownership was published in July 2012. BIS has now completed the next stage in its implementation programme. It has carried out a consultation (which closed in November 2012) on the recommendations set out in the Nuttall Review. The consultation paper sought views on changes to the […]

Paul Li

Paul Li

Paul Li is a specialist in the field of financial markets regulation. He advises clients on both contentious and non-contentious aspects of their financial services businesses and specialises in related claims and regulatory and criminal investigations. Paul is the country head of the firm’s China offices. He is also the national practice group head for […]

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