Following the Depositary Agreement Signed in May
Citi Starts Providing Direct Custody and Clearing Services in Bahrain
London - September 30, 2010 – Citi’s Global Transaction Services business today launched its direct custody and clearing (DCC) services to clients investing in Bahrain through the Bahrain Stock Exchange (BSE). With the opening of the Bahrain DCC branch, Citi’s proprietary network, the largest in the world, will now comprise 58 markets globally, of which 32 markets are in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
With this announcement, Citi will now service BSE’s investors by offering custodial services in the market for BSE-listed securities. Services include: account management, settlement of securities activity, handling post-trade issues, the collection and payment of dividends and interest, and the processing of corporate action activities in the market.
Commenting on this development, Mr. Fouad Rashid, Director of BSE, said: "Today we deliver on what we have jointly announced in May in order to encourage and facilitate further international investment in Bahrain. Citi's involvement as a custodian complements BSE's efforts to attract more foreign investment to the Kingdom and enhances the shareholders’ base at BSE."
"The Kingdom of Bahrain continues to be a dynamic and exciting economy and one that we remain fully committed to," said Mazin Manna, Chief Executive of Citi Bahrain. "The launch of our direct custody and clearing services in Bahrain is in line with our objective to invest in the development of the region’s top financial markets. This is also another important achievement in our strategy to embed Citi’s Securities and Fund Services capabilities within the region."
Direct Custody and Clearing plays an integral role in the capital markets by providing the clearing and settlement services required for broker dealers and global custodians to support trading and investing activities around the world.
Direct custodians provide services such as equity and fixed income securities settlements, safekeeping, pre-matching, registration, corporate actions, income collection, proxy services, foreign ownership monitoring and disclosure services, market claims, cash management, foreign exchange, reporting, market expertise and information services to clients.
"We are pleased to launch DCC in Bahrain in recognition of client demand in the market," said Lee Waite, Global Head of Direct Custody and Clearing. "Reaching 58 markets is an important milestone for our business. The launch highlights Citi’s unrivalled ability to support our clients who will benefit from dedicated DCC client service teams in the region with local expertise combined with globally consistent services."
Citi has been in the Arab World for nearly 50 years and views the region as critical to its global franchise. It currently offers full scale corporate banking services across ten Arab countries including Egypt, UAE, Lebanon, Jordan, Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria, Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait as well as Pakistan. Its consumer banking services cover UAE, Egypt, Bahrain and Pakistan, while it maintains close relationships with high net worth clients in the region through the Citi Private Bank.
Citi, the leading global financial services company, has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 140 countries. Through Citicorp and Citi Holdings, Citi 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. Additional information may be found at www.citigroup.com or www.citi.com .
About Citi’s Global Transaction Services
Global Transaction Services, a division of Citigroup’s 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 100 countries, Citigroup’s Global Transaction Services supports over 65,000 clients. As of the second quarter of 2010, it held on average $320 billion in liability balances and $11.3 trillion in assets under custody. For more information on Citi’s Global Transaction Services, visit www.transactionservices.citigroup.com/transactionservices/home/