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Bank of China issues its first dual-currency climate transition bonds

Allen & Overy has advised the joint lead managers and joint bookrunners on the inaugural dual-currency climate transition bond offering by Bank of China Limited, Hong Kong Branch.
These are the first ever transition bonds issued in accordance with the new ICMA Climate Transition Finance Handbook (2020), and the first to be issued by a financial institution via public offering. 

The dual-tranche offering comprises USD500 million 0.875% bonds due 2024 and CNY1.8 billion 2.8% bonds due 2023. Both tranches are issued under Bank of China Limited’s USD40 billion MTN programme and in accordance with the Climate Transition Finance Handbook (2020) published by the International Capital Market Association. 

The transition bond offering is aligned with China’s goal to achieve carbon neutrality by 2060. The proceeds will be used to finance and/or refinance eligible transition projects which are in line with strategic pathways of carbon neutrality goals and strategies of the countries and regions the projects are located in. 

The A&O team was co-led by partners Jaclyn Yeap and Agnes Tsang, with support from Alan Zhang, Gordon Ng, Rachel Cheung and Susan Zhang.

We are proud to have supported Bank of China in its leadership in shaping the sustainable finance landscape across Asia Pacific. Our involvement in this transaction follows our advice on Bank of China’s first blue bond issuance last September, Bank of China Macau Branch’s small and medium enterprises themed (COVID-19 Impact Alleviation) social bonds issuance last March, and Bank of China Macau Branch’s issuance of the first SOFR-based bonds in Asia and first green bonds in Macau in October 2019. 

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