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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.


How Pearson’s in-house lawyers steered £1bn FT sale

The billion-pound sale of both the Financial Times (FT) and The Economist kept the Pearson in-house legal team busy over the summer. The Lawyer spoke to the group’s deputy general counsel for finance Graeme Baldwin about the transactions, which saw the FT sold to Japanese buyer Nikkei, while Pearson’s stake in the Economist was bought […]

Jonathon Manning

This week’s top 15 legal briefings – 11 October 2015

The use of video content is a staple of online news and entertainment reporting, but the difference between editorial and advertorial content can be blurred. For consumers this is an important distinction, and one the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) is trying to clarify. Walker Morris examines new guidelines issued by the ASA to ensure video […]

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