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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.


Simmons loses four partners, 17 lawyers to DLA Piper

DLA Piper has raided Simmons & Simmons’ Rome office for a 17-lawyer team, including four partners. The partners leaving Simmons are Italian head of corporate Antonio Lombardo, projects chief Rodolfo Errore and corporate partners Ernesto Apuzzo and Francesco Aleandri. The new hires will join an existing DLA Piper team of 13 fee-earners, including eight partners, […]

Pim Bertels

Loyens & Loeff elevates Amsterdam tax boss to role of managing partner

Loyens & Loeff, the third- largest independent firm in Europe by turnover, has elected Amsterdam tax partner Maarten van der Weijden as its new managing partner. He begins his term at the helm of the Dutch-headquartered firm, which has a significant presence in the Benelux region, on 1 June. Van der Weijden will replace Pim Bertels, who […]


The BNP barrister

What a complex world we live in. How should employers – and those in a similar position – balance freedom of political beliefs with respect for equality and diversity? Would a commercial entity’s reputation be damaged if it didn’t take action against an individual associated with it whose views are potentially divisive for clients and […]

Linklaters names head of NY green team

Linklaters has appointed Jean-Philippe Brisson to head its US environment and climate change practice in New York. Brisson was previously senior adviser for Climate Action Reserve, which he will continue to advise after he joins the magic circle firm. He has also worked for Goldman Sachs Global Commodities, where he helped set up the US […]

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