Citigroup Israel to Provide Direct Custody & Clearing Services

Citibank N.A approved as member of Tel Aviv Stock Exchange and Clearing House

London and Tel Aviv, 27 September 2006 – Global Transaction Services, a business of Citigroup Corporate and Investment Banking, and the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE) today announced that Citigroup Israel would provide direct custody and clearing (DCC) services to clients through the TASE Clearing House, making Citigroup the first foreign bank in Israel to offer DCC services to a large international client base.  Citibank N.A. was recently approved as a member of TASE and the TASE Clearing House, enabling the bank to offer securities clearing and settlement services in Israel.

Staffed by fluent Hebrew and English speaking personnel familiar with the local market, Citigroup Israel will offer the same high quality standard of DCC service, technology and support that Citigroup provides globally, a service that is consistently ranked highly in Global Custodian’s Agent Bank and Global Investor’s annual surveys.  Today’s announcement marks Citigroup’s third new DCC office since November 2005, with previous openings in Slovakia and Vietnam, expanding Citigroup’s proprietary DCC network to 47 markets, the largest in the world.

Andrew Gelb, Global Head of Direct Custody and Clearing for Citigroup’s Global Transaction Services business said, “We are extremely excited to provide clients with a wide range of DCC services on-the-ground in Israel. We are in a unique position to leverage our global network and experience in growth markets worldwide to the benefit of our clients and the market.”

Ralph Shaaya, Citigroup’s Country Officer for Israel, added, “This once again affirms our commitment to the Israeli marketplace through the introduction of a new value-added service to the international institutions investing in Israel.”

Ester Levanon, CEO of TASE, said, “The joining of Citigroup as a member of TASE’s Clearing House is a continuation of the trend of extending the activity of international entities in the Israeli capital market. This is an important expression of trust of a leading financial group, that will strengthen the Stock Exchange and the Israeli market.”

TASE and Citigroup have been working together for several years. In 2001 the TASE Clearing House developed the Galaxy System in collaboration with Citigroup. Galaxy allows members to effectively manage, reconcile and standardize clearing and settlement processes and minimize risk.  The system integrates between the high professional standard of the Clearing House in Israel and the high standard financial credibility of Citigroup in the world. Galaxy services currently cater to the US market and will soon be launched in Europe and other global markets. The system provides services to four of the leading banks in Israel.

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