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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.


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Shearman plans Riyadh and Dubai launches in bid for Middle East growth

Shearman & Sterling is gearing up to significantly expand its presence in the Middle East, with plans for new outposts in Dubai and Riyadh. The firm, which has had an office in Abu Dhabi since 1975, has been considering investing further in the region for a number of years.  However, insider sources suggest that Shearman […]

SEB Trygg wins Swedish appeal court battle with help from Eversheds

Svea Court of Appeal has ordered Svensk Vårdförmedling to pay around £400,000 to SEB Trygg Liv, represented by attorneys Magnus Andrén and Hans Forssell of Eversheds Stockholm. In doing so the court quashed the judgement of the Stockholm District Court, which had found in favour of Vårdförmedling. The dispute concerned the premature termination by SEB […]


The enforcement of judgments and awards made as a result of litigation action.

No5 barrister in attends Mexican state banquet in London

Emma Edhem of No5 Chambers is to attend the Mexican state banquet at the Guildhall in honour of the president of the United Mexican States. The No5 Barrister and deputy head of international law will attend the banquet, given by the Lord Mayor, in the presence of the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester. 

Mayer Brown, McDermott and Wragge Lawrence Graham all hire in Paris

Of all the major European jurisdictions, Paris saw the greatest amount of lateral hiring last year – and the trend is continuing into 2015. In the last week three international firms have made team hires in the French capital in a sign that there is continued confidence in the economy and in the flow of […]

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