Citi in Hong Kong: Foreign devils or client first champions?
Vikram Pandit, Citigroup’s chief executive, visited Hong Kong to much fanfare on February 3 to open six new branches of the bank. As reported in a gushing press release from Citi, its leader spoke from the new Cameron Road branch about Citi’s "more than 108-year history" in Hong Kong and the exciting new products clients could look forward to. The release does not relate whether Pandit ventured to Citi’s branch in Central, where he would have found evidence of some (presumably former) Citi clients’ rather more ambivalent attitude to his firm. Hong Kong residents have become used to the semi-permanent protests outside Citi (and, it must be said, other banks) that have been going on for more than a year.