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2010 Awards for excellence: Best Global transaction banking house

After a difficult 2009, the leading transaction service provider is back winning mandates and showing that its global network is hard to compete with.

Awards for Excellence 2010
Best Global transaction banking house: Citi
Also nominated: Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Deutsche Bank and HSBC

In Euromoney’s 2009 Awards for Excellence, Citi floundered in transaction banking as a result of the bank’s broader problems: clients sought to avoid concentration risk with an institution that had to be supported by the US government. Moreover, some questioned whether or not Citi could maintain its global presence and massive technology investment budget given its new stakeholders.

Citi has quashed such talk: its performance improved even as it raised fresh capital and reduced risky assets. Most important, in December 2009 it repaid $20 billion of the $45 billion it received in Tarp money and exited its loss-sharing agreement with the government (Citi’s other $25 billion in bailout money had already been converted into a 27% government stake in the bank). While these measures lowered earnings per share (through the issuance of new equity) and capital ratios (by removing the government guarantee for Citi’s riskiest assets) the benefits in terms of perception were invaluable.

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