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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.


Wragges benefits from helping ex-FoxMandal partner launch Delhi boutique

Wragge & Co has gained a new relationship in India through an alliance with a Delhi boutique launched by the former London head of FoxMandal. Ajit Mishra left FoxMandal in September and is planning to establish City Law Practice in the New Year. Wragges has provided non-financial support with technology and infrastructure and will also […]


Greggs GC: Rolls of honour

When Jonathan Jowett took the GC job at Greggs he expected a bit of stability. He soon found himself organising anti-pasty tax demonstrations If stability in the face of recession is high on your list of requirements from a prospective employer, you could do a lot worse than get a job at Greggs. Despite profit […]


Sleazy come, sleazy go

Bulgaria is fighting hard to emerge from the long shadow of corruption In brief Bulgaria is a country with much potential, but there are a number of hurdles to be overcome before the jurisdiction can make the most of the opportunities it offers. A perception of corruption lingers and the legal market still has some […]


Damage limitation required

Despite Obama’s victory, US financial services sector may yet avoid death by over-regulation Raphael Grunfeld, partner, Carter Ledyard & Milburn The worst fears of the financial services industry were realised at the moment Obama was re-elected as president. This second-term victory came about despite massive opposition from the US financial services industry. Obama’s re-election nails […]


Quartet of firms advises as Mittal acquires parts of Lafarge and Anglo American

Eversheds, Freeth Cartwright, Linklaters and Mayer Brown have all won roles advising as cement maker Lafarge and mining company Anglo American agree to sell various parts of their construction materials operations to Indian steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal. The sale, understood to be worth up to £272m, will see the two companies sell their UK building […]

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