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Nikko Citi Holdings Inc. Becomes Citiís Principal Holding Company in Japan


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Tokyo Ė Citi today announced that it had successfully completed the previously announced merger of Nikko Cordial Corporation into Citigroup Japan Holdings Ltd., with the surviving entity known as Nikko Citi Holdings Inc.

Nikko Citi Holdings, which will continue to be a direct 100%-owned subsidiary of Citigroup Inc., will be Citiís principal holding company in Japan, with responsibility for establishing group-wide strategies, for overseeing and coordinating the activities of Nikko Citi Holdingsí direct and indirect operating subsidiaries, and for ensuring a solid foundation of governance, compliance, controls and risk management for the combined group.

Citiís new group structure in Japan, which is expected to be implemented in phases over the next 18-24 months and which remains subject to receipt of approvals from relevant authorities, is intended to enable group-wide management of Citiís securities, banking and related businesses in Japan on a unified basis. It is also intended to facilitate and accelerate the integration of Citiís and Nikkoís business platforms in retail and institutional securities and the reorganization of Citiís and Nikkoís operational, technology infrastructure and administrative support platforms.

ďThis is a significant milestone for Citi in Japan. It represents the first big step in the integration of Citi and Nikko since the completion of the share exchange on January 29th this year. The entire integration program, which brings together the complementary capabilities of Citi and Nikko, will bring us closer to our goal of creating the leading comprehensive banking and securities group in Japan.Ē said Douglas L. Peterson, Chairman, Representative Director, President & CEO of Nikko Citi Holdings Inc.



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