Citigroup Completes Its First Lending Transaction In Taiwan Securities
Hong Kong – April 21, 2006 — Citigroup is the first lending agent to complete a securities financing transaction in Taiwan. Securities Services, a part of Citigroup’s Global Transaction Services, a business unit of Citigroup Corporate and Investment Banking, facilitated the trade.
Previously securities financing in Taiwan was carried out between borrower and lender directly, with both sides working through the regulations themselves. Citigroup, acting as an agent to both sides, handled all the regulatory requirements involved in the transaction. This ensured greater efficiency and ease of access for the counterparties involved that allowed a global investor to lend their Taiwanese portfolio.
Citigroup worked with Taiwanese regulators to allow an Agent structure under the current framework, opening up the Taiwanese market to new sources of liquidity, benefiting the development of Taiwan's local capital markets.
“We are extremely happy to be able to offer this new service and benefits to our clients, being the first of its kind in the Taiwan market”, says Tim Liu, Asia Pacific Product Manager for Securities Services.
Securities financing or lending is the temporary transfer of securities on a collateralized basis, allowing portfolio managers to earn a fee on their portfolio and the borrower of the stock to execute their trading strategy. Citigroup develops innovative solutions to meet clients’ needs in the securities financing space. Citigroup already carries out securities financing in Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore and now Taiwan. As regulations permit, Citigroup will expand its securities financing business around the Asian region.
According to David Russell, Managing Director of Citigroup’s Asia Pacific Securities and Funds Sales, “A number of Securities Markets across Asia Pacific are introducing new regulations to allow Securities Borrowing and Lending. Citigroup is committed to being at the forefront of these new market developments and to thereby bring the greatest benefit to our clients across the region.”
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