China Merchants Bank’s US$600 Million Sustainability And Green Bonds Offer

Clifford Chance advised China Merchants Bank on the matter.

China Merchants Bank, through its Luxembourg branch, issued a landmark dual-tranche sustainability and carbon neutrality bonds totalling US$600 million. This is the first-ever dual-tranche sustainability and green bond from a Chinese issuer to be listed on the Luxembourg stock exchange.

The offering was also China Merchants Bank’s first carbon neutrality-themed green bond to help drive China’s emission and carbon neutrality commitments. The green bonds, equally split at US$300 million each, included a two-year floating-rate sustainability bond linked to the secured overnight finance rate. The second tranche was a five-year fixed rate carbon neutrality themed green notes due 2026.

Credit Agricole CIB, JP Morgan, Citigroup, CMB International, CMB Wing Lung Bank Limited, and Agricultural Bank of China Limited (Hong Kong branch) acted as underwriters.

The Clifford Chance team was led by partner Angela Chan (Picture) who was supported by senior associate Clarisse Fong (Singapore) and associate Anthony Lau (Hong Kong).

Involved fees earner: Angela Chan – Clifford Chance; Clarisse Fong – Clifford Chance; Anthony Lau – Clifford Chance;

Law Firms: Clifford Chance;

Clients: China Merchants Bank;

Author: Sonia Carcano