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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.



A&O, BLP, DLA make Aldar’s first panel

Aldar, the major Abu Dhabi-based developer of projects, including the ­Ferrari World Abu Dhabi theme park, has finalised its first panel. Aldar has appointed advisers that are understood to include Allen & Overy (A&O), Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) and DLA Piper. A&O, which has advised the developer in the past on Islamic and conventional fundraising, […]


BLG loses regulatory partner to Bakers

Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) regulatory partner Ian Mason has quit the firm for Baker & McKenzie in a move that will strike a blow to BLG’s new management line-up. Mason joined BLG in 2006 from the FSA, where he headed the wholesale group of the enforcement division for two of his six years with […]

Addleshaws promotes five in latest partnership round

Addleshaw Goddard has promoted five lawyers to partner, shrinking its round for the second year running. Last year seven lawyers were made up at the firm, down from nine the previous year (26 March 2009). Two of this year’s group are from the firm’s contentious practice, one from business support and restructuring (BSR), one from […]

Schilling Zutt raids Skadden for Frankfurt launch

Schilling Zutt & Anschutz (SZA) has raided Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom’s tax practice ahead of its new office opening in Frankfurt. Skadden partner Dr Hans-Goerg Berg is leaving the firm for SZA along with counsel Rolf Schmich and associate Bjorn Enders. The move leaves Skadden with no tax practitioners in its Frankfurt office, […]

Asserson Law Offices in growth mode

Israeli firm Asserson Law Offices has continued its growth with the appointment of real estate chief David Prais as managing partner alongside a quartet of new hires from London firms. Prais joined the firm, which offers a full English law service, in 2008 after becoming a partner in Addleshaw Goddard’s real estate team three years […]

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