VietinBank Appoints Citi as Trustee and Agent on USD 250 Million Global Notes Issuance
Hong Kong, Vietnam - July 3, 2012 – Citi’s Agency and Trust business, part of the Citi Transaction Services division, has been appointed as Trustee, Principal Paying Agent, Registrar and Transfer Agent for VietinBank’s USD 250 million global notes issuance. This transaction represents VietinBank’s maiden issuance and is the first ever debt issuance by a Vietnamese financial institution into the global capital markets.
VietinBank, or Vietnam Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Industry and Trade, is a leading financial institution in Vietnam in terms of total assets and branch network size. It has correspondent banking relationships with more than 900 financial institutions in 90 countries and was the first Vietnamese bank to open a branch in Europe. Proceeds raised from the offering will be used to increase outstanding loans to customers and progress both their domestic and international growth strategies.
"This global bond issuance represents an important milestone for VietinBank as it helps to further our growth strategy by diversifying our investor base and sources of funding," said Mr. Le Duc Tho, Deputy CEO, VietinBank. "Citi’s global network, commitment and extensive corporate trust expertise were all critical in executing this transaction, and we are happy to have a dedicated business partner like Citi."
As Trustee, Principal Paying Agent, Registrar and Transfer Agent, Citi will facilitate the issuance and ongoing administration of the bond, including servicing all principal and interest payments for the life of the transaction.
"Citi is honored to play a role in Vietinbank’s landmark USD 250 million 5-year bond" said Brett Krause, Citi Country Officer of Vietnam. "We are a market leader in Agency and Trust services and pleased to be supporting companies like VietinBank access new sources of funding to achieve their business goals as they look to expand their businesses across Vietnam and worldwide."
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