Citi's Institutional Clients Group builds enduring relationships with clients by providing a full suite of strategic advisory and financing products to multinational and local corporations, financial and public sector institutions, governments, privately held businesses, and many of the world's most successful and influential individuals and families in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions.
Citi's Capital Markets Origination business is focused on the capital-raising needs of our institutional clients, from inaugural issuances and exchanges to cross-border transactions and first-of-their-kind landmark structures. Citi is the first choice among issuers for clients' underwriting needs owing to our unmatched global footprint and diverse range of financial products. Our track record of successfully executing in both buoyant and challenging market conditions is a testament to our unwavering commitment to provide the highest quality service for clients. Our structuring and execution expertise has established us as a leader in the equity capital markets, both in terms of innovation and proceeds raised, and has distinguished Citi as the clear choice for debt underwriting, with excellence across a broad range of currencies and markets. In an environment where new banking activity has been driven by global trends, our unique platform allowed us the best global and local market views of trends, risks, and issuer and investor requirements.
Citi's Corporate and Investment Banking franchises provide comprehensive relationship coverage service to ensure the best possible service and responsiveness to our clients. With our strong presence in many nations, we use our country, sector and product expertise to deliver Citi's global capabilities to clients wherever they choose to compete. Citi's Corporate and Investment Banking client teams are organized by industry and by country. Each team is composed of two parts: Strategic Coverage Officers focus on mergers and acquisitions and equity and related financing solutions. Corporate Bankers, in partnership with our Capital Markets specialists and with support from our Global Subsidiaries Group, deliver corporate banking and finance services to global, regional and local clients.
Citi's Markets and Securities Services business provides world-class financial products and services as diverse as the needs of the thousands of corporations, institutions, governments and investors we serve. With trading floors in more than 80 countries, we work to enrich the relationships, products and technology that define our market-making presence. The breadth, depth and strength of our sales and trading, distribution and research capabilities span a broad range of asset classes, currencies, sectors and products - including equities, commodities, credit, futures, foreign exchange (FX), emerging markets, G10 rates, municipals, prime finance and securitized markets. Our state-of-the-art Citi VelocitySM platform delivers electronic access to Citi's global footprint and real-time information, giving clients unprecedented access to our capital markets intelligence and services across all product lines. Through our web, mobile and trading applications, clients can find Citi research and commentary and proprietary data and analytics; execute fast, seamless and stable foreign exchange and rates trades; and utilize our suite of sophisticated, post-trade analysis tools.
Our Investor Services and Direct Custody and Clearing businesses provide customized solutions that support the diverse investment and transaction strategies of investors and intermediaries worldwide. Offering a suite of investment administration, portfolio and fund services, trust and custody, and investment and financing solutions, this business helps clients meet the challenges of issuing, managing and distributing financial products and services in today's complex and competitive marketplace. In 2013, Citi acquired ING's Custody and Securities Services business in Central and Eastern Europe - with €110 billion in assets under custody - further strengthening our franchise in six important markets and adding Bulgaria to our proprietary network. Our Hedge and Private Equity Servicing business also surpassed $500 billion in alternative assets under administration, affirming its leadership as one of the largest fund administrators in the alternative asset management industry. Our Issuer business expanded both our network and our product sets through our Hong Kong Common Depository by standardizing and enhancing securities settlements in emerging markets in response to changes in investor demands.
Citi operates one of the world's global private banks, whose teamwork, commitment to service, and ability to see and seize opportunities for our clients set us apart. Our 800 Private Bankers act as trusted advisors to many of the world's most successful and influential individuals and families. The Citi Private Bank network of bankers and product specialists work in 51 offices in 16 countries. Our comprehensive services are tailored to individuals and families, including entrepreneurs and business owners, single- and multi-family offices, senior corporate executives, next-generation/inherited wealth, law firms and attorneys. From banking and cash management to lending, investment strategies, and trust and wealth advisory services, we are here to support our clients with a comprehensive range of services. Our goal is to deliver expertise and a premier level of service while helping grow, manage and preserve wealth. As we partner with our clients, we can provide global thinking informed by deep local insight and can help deliver the complete financial management strategies that today's wealth requires. In 2013, Citi began creating a new Private Bank experience that captures the evolved needs and expectations of our clients - a Private Bank that is more open, transparent and cooperative. Our digital app, Citi Private Bank In View, will transform how clients and bankers connect and will make the client experience more personal and engaging than ever before.
Citi's Treasury and Trade Solutions (TTS) business provides integrated cash management and trade finance services to multinational corporations, financial institutions and public sector organizations across the globe. With the industry's most comprehensive suite of digital and mobile-enabled platforms, tools and analytics, TTS leads the way in delivering innovative and tailored solutions to its clients. Offerings include cash management, payments, receivables, liquidity management and investment services, working capital solutions, commercial and prepaid card programs, and trade finance. In 2013, TTS continued to expand its industry-leading set of electronic tools for our largest clients, with 63 major clients leveraging our proprietary Global Statements and the TWIST Bank Services Billing electronic reporting platform across 85 countries, with more than 50,000 detailed account statements delivered. Additionally, 2013 saw the rollout of Interactive Solutions, a new product that allows users to visualize the breadth of TTS client transaction data by mapping the global supply chains of corporate clients, overlaid with Citi's internal risk ratings and available credit facilities. The result is a structural and scalable way for clients to gain efficiencies in their financial operations by seeing and taking advantage of incremental trade finance and working capital opportunities.