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Citi Launches Securities Lending Service in India


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Mumbai and Hong Kong Ė Citiís Securities and Fund Services, a division of Citi Transaction Services, today announced that it is the first international custodian bank to offer securities lending services on the National Stock Exchange (NSE) in India. This launch reinforces Citiís dominance in the emerging markets globally, making its proprietary OpenLendSM platform now available in 72 markets globally.

In a global securities lending environment dominated by over-the-counter trading, this service will allow both Citiís domestic Indian and offshore clients, for the first time, seamless market access to the anonymous exchange-traded central counterparty model prevalent in India. This development is testimony to Citiís established and ongoing involvement in the securities market in India and is supported by its OpenLendSM platform, an open architecture securities lending solution that leverages Citiís global presence, robust risk management controls and innovative trading strategies to help clients achieve their performance objectives.

ďWe have been in involved with the development of the Indian securities market since we first opened our doors in 1902. This landscape has seen remarkable transformation, and in response to new market conditions, we have built on our experience and expertise to deliver a comprehensive exchange securities lending solution to our clients for the Indian market,Ē said Debopama Sen, Head of Securities and Fund Services for Citi Transaction Services in India.

ďThis initiative complements our existing client offering for our domestic and international clients and reinforces Citi as a pioneer in the securities lending industry. It is through the combination of our deep on-the-ground expertise and global product capabilities that we are able to deliver such market-leading solutions for our clients,Ē said David Russell, Regional Head, Asia Pacific, Securities and Fund Services, Citi Transaction Services.

ďThe opportunity in the emerging markets, especially given the impressive gains over the past 12 months, has kept them a focal point of our securities lending business. We are leveraging Citiís market expertise and global reach to turn these opportunities into optimized returns for client assets,Ē said David Martocci, Global Head of Securities Finance for Citi Transaction Services.

Citi OpenInvestorsm is the investment services solution for todayís diversified investor that combines specialized expertise, comprehensive capabilities and the power of Citiís global network to help clients meet performance objectives across asset classes, strategies and geographies. Citi OpenInvestorsm provides institutional, alternative and wealth managers with middle office, fund services, custody, investing and financing solutions that are focused on their specific challenges and customized to their individual needs.

Citi Transaction Services, a division of Citiís Institutional Clients Group, offers integrated cash management, trade, and securities and fund services to multinational corporations, financial institutions and public sector organizations around the world. With a network that spans more than 95 countries, Citiís Transaction Services supports over 65,000 clients. As of the second quarter of 2012, it held on average $396 billion in liability balances and over $12 trillion in assets under custody.

Citi, the leading global bank, has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions. Citigroup provides consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, transaction services, and wealth management.

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