LAWYER-CLIENT BOND - Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has helped the French building materials giant Saint-Gobain bring home its first bond issue linked to the achievement of environmental, social and governance goals, the latest major financing in Europe in the burgeoning ESG bond market, International’s A nne Bagamery reports. The €1.5 billion corporate bond issue, which closed earlier this month, includes €500 million in “sustainability-linked bonds,” Cleary said in a statement. If Saint-Gobain “does not meet the objectives set for the key performance indicators under the conditions described in the terms and conditions of the bonds, the interest rate of the sustainability-linked bonds will be increased by 0.375% or 0.75% following the sustainability performance target date in 2030,” the statement said. The company will use the net proceeds of the offering for general corporate purposes, Cleary said.


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