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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.


Suzanne Wise

A taste for law: Suzanne Wise, Premier Foods

As counsel for Premier Foods, creating a legal function to reflect the vastly altered focus of the company has been Suzanne Wise’s bread and butter. By Corinne McPartland Picture a small boy pushing a bike laden with loaves of bread up a cobbled street in a northern town to the strains of Dvorak’s New World […]

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 […]

Linklaters holds associate pay bands at 2009 levels

Linklaters has become the second magic circle firm to announce its associate pay scale for the coming year, with the firm maintaining its current rates after reducing them 12 months ago. Last year, Linklaters was one of the few firms not to freeze pay for associates, preferring to reduce its associates pay bands, resulting in […]

North West councils negotiate panel freebies

Twenty five local authorities in the North West of England have appointed 35 firms and 26 chambers to a new panel. The North West consortium, which includes ­Liverpool City Council, has also selected an elite group of four firms – Beachcroft, DLA Piper, Pannone and Weightmans – as so-called ’partner firms’, which are expected to get more […]

Linklaters announces new heads for corporate, litigation and US

Linklaters has made a number of key appointments with Jeremy Parr taking over as corporate chief, John Turnbull becoming regional managing partner for the Americas and Marc Harvey named as  global head of litigation. As revealed in The Lawyer earlier this year (1 March 2010), Parr will take over from current head of corporate David […]

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