A&G News 7 September 2020

Allen & Gledhill advised Ascendas Funds Management (S) Limited (in its capacity as manager of Ascendas Real Estate Investment Trust (“Ascendas Reit”)), as transaction counsel, on the establishment of a S$7 billion Euro medium term securities programme (“Programme”) and issue of S$100 million 2.65% notes due 2030 under the Programme (“Notes”) by HSBC Institutional Trust Services (Singapore) Limited in (its capacity as trustee of Ascendas Reit).

The Notes is the first green bond to be issued under the newly established Green Finance Framework (“Framework”) by Ascendas Reit.

The Framework is prepared in line with the Green Bond Principles 2018 by the International Capital Market Association and the Green Loan Principles 2020 by the Loan Market Association, Asia Pacific Loan Market Association and Loan Syndications and Trading Association, which are leading frameworks globally for the issuance of green bonds and green loans respectively. The Framework guides Ascendas Reit in the allocation and management of the proceeds raised from its first green bond as well as future green financing transactions.

Advising Ascendas Reit as to Singapore law was Allen & Gledhill Partner Margaret Chin.

Advising Ascendas Reit on tax issues was Allen & Gledhill Partner Sunit Chhabra.

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