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Capital markets

Whether your requirements are frequent or occasional, vanilla or exotic, we have the service to fit your needs.

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Capital markets strategies can play an integral part in building your globally diversified core portfolio.

They enable you to access particular markets, sectors and currencies, while targeting specific outcomes such as increased participation, yield generation and capital protection.

Our Capital Markets team combines institutional-level access to Citi’s full range of markets products globally with the Private Bank’s personalized service, giving you the best of both worlds.

We offer you advice and cutting-edge institutional execution covering equities, commodities, fixed income, foreign exchange, rates and hybrids.

Our strategies help you populate your allocation with appropriate investments, implement long-term themes and pursue tactical opportunities.

To mitigate your core portfolio risks, we can identify uncorrelated assets and implement hedges on specific positions.

We also provide advice and execution if you need to acquire, finance, hedge or dispose of strategic assets – liquid or illiquid – in a wide variety of asset classes and locations.

Whether you seek long-term exposure for your core portfolio or wish to trade in your opportunistic portfolio, we can provide the access, advice and execution that you require.

We deliver institutional-quality investment products and market insights to private clients with sophisticated needs.

Iain Armitage
Global Head of Capital Markets
How we serve you
Global reach
The Private Bank’s Capital Markets team is part of Citi’s Institutional Markets platform, which is present in more than eighty countries.

Our eight Private Bank trading desks around four continents provide 24-hour-a-day coverage of global and local markets.

Our specialists offer deep local knowledge as well as execution.

Insights for you
In addition to our own thinking, we deliver you some of the best ideas from our institutional partners across Citi.

This includes tailored risk-management strategies and hedging and opportunistic trading ideas, as well as longer-term thematic investing.

For eligible clients with particularly complex needs, we can also draw on the portfolio analysis of our Global Investment Lab.

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Enhanced access
For eligible clients with particularly sophisticated needs, we can offer institutional levels of access to the markets.

This includes direct contact with our trading desks, electronic trading access and pricing from across the marketplace.

We can also give you access to trading opportunities in markets outside of your home region via a dedicated local investment specialist.

Meet our people

Iain Armitage
Global Head
Iain Armitage
Global Head of Capital Markets
We deliver institutional-quality investment products and market insights to private clients with sophisticated needs.

Iain Armitage has overall responsibility for our Capital Markets organization, whose asset class specialists provide investment advice and execution services across equity, fixed income, FX and commodity markets. He is based in London.

Iain has worked at Citi for over 25 years and prior to his current role was the Regional Head of Investments for the Private Bank in EMEA.

Before joining the Private Bank in 2012, Iain worked in Global Markets, including roles as Global Head of Commodity Investor Sales, Head of Fixed Income Derivatives Sales in Japan and as a fixed income derivative salesperson in Europe. 

Iain holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Durham University.

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Iain Armitage
Global Head
Iain Armitage
Global Head of Capital Markets

Iain Armitage has overall responsibility for our Capital Markets organization, whose asset class specialists provide investment advice and execution services across equity, fixed income, FX and commodity markets. He is based in London.

Iain has worked at Citi for over 25 years and prior to his current role was the Regional Head of Investments for the Private Bank in EMEA.

Before joining the Private Bank in 2012, Iain worked in Global Markets, including roles as Global Head of Commodity Investor Sales, Head of Fixed Income Derivatives Sales in Japan and as a fixed income derivative salesperson in Europe. 

Iain holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Durham University.

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Zeynep Ozturk
Head of Capital Markets
Americas

Zeynep has overall responsibility for the delivery of capital markets solutions to our clients throughout the Americas.

Previously, Zeynep led a team providing clients across Europe, the Middle East and Africa with credit and rates solutions. She also oversaw our offering to financial professional clients across that region.

Before joining the Private Bank in 2012, Zeynep worked on Citi’s Equity Derivatives Sales Trading and Cross Asset Sales Trading groups in London, serving institutional clients and local banks across Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Zeynep holds a bachelor’s in economics from Middle East Technical University and also studied Russian language and literature at Ankara University.

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Adam A. Cowperthwaite
Head of Capital Markets
Asia Pacific

Adam is responsible for the management and development of Citi Private Bank’s cash, derivatives and structured solutions product offerings for Asia Pacific clients across equities, foreign exchange, fixed income, credit and commodities.

Adam is an investment and risk management specialist, whose career in equity, fixed income, commodity and alternative-asset derivatives began in London in 1996. Prior to joining Citi in April 2014, he held derivative structuring, sales and sales management positions in London and Hong Kong, at US, European and Japanese investment banks, including J. P. Morgan, Credit Suisse and Daiwa Capital Markets. His clients have included an extensive range of private banks, family offices, corporates, retail banks, asset managers and insurance companies.

Adam is a third-generation Hong Kong citizen and a graduate of the London School of Economics.

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Benoit Savaria
Head of Capital Markets
Europe, Middle East and Africa

With more than 19 years of financial markets’ experience, Benoit leads various teams that provide clients across Europe, Middle East and Africa with advisory flow, structured investments and strategies covering all asset classes.

Previously, he was Head of Sales for the cross-asset group covering the same region with Citi’s investment bank, and before that, an equity derivatives salesperson and a non-standard security analyst. Benoit originally joined Citi in Geneva in 1996.

He received a BA in Business Finance from the University of Quebec in 1994 and completed the corporate finance program from the London Business School in 2000.

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Mark Pickering
Global Head of Solution Sales

Mark and his team deliver tailored multi-asset financial solutions to sophisticated ultra-high net worth individuals and family offices.

The team focuses on both sourcing and distributing bespoke products that offer an illiquidity or complexity premium to investors, the arrangement of financing on illiquid or concentrated assets, the placement of private equity offerings and delivering on the sophisticated trading and execution strategies of institutionalised private capital.

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OUTLOOK

Outlook 2021

In Outlook 2021, we put forward positive actions for your portfolio in this new economic cycle. We urge you to determine the amount of cash you really need to hold over the coming years and to put the rest to work.

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Global citizens

The Private Bank exists to serve a very special community. Hear the stories of global citizens in their own words.

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Global Citizens
Experience creator
ALAN FAENA

“Giving new life to a city is one of the most beautiful things that anyone can do,” says Alan Faena, as he looks out on the Miami neighbourhood that now bears his name. “It’s one of the things I’m most proud of, both here and back home in Buenos Aires. These are my gifts to the people, not only for today’s generation but also for future generations.” And what a gift the Faena District is indeed.

Spanning five blocks adjacent to the white sands of Miami Beach, the neighborhood is nothing less than an urban oasis of sensory delights. Its buildings – old and new – somehow fuse perfectly with their natural surroundings. Absolutely nothing is mundane here, not even the multistory parking garage, whose exterior could easily pass for that of an ultra-modern cultural center or designer shopping mall. Incidentally, the Faena District also possesses both of those things.

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ADRIANA CISNEROS

“I think it’s something like less than one third of family businesses that make it from the first to the second generation and half of those don’t make it to the third generation,” says Adriana Cisneros. “I’m the third generation in our business, so I really hope I’m going to be one of those that survives. Who knows, I might completely mess up, but hopefully not.” Messing up seems a rather unlikely prospect going by Adriana’s record to date. The company is in robust health under her leadership. She has recently returned from a whistle-stop tour of Central and South America, where Cisneros Interactive has become the sole reseller of Facebook in nine countries, the only nations on earth where the social media giant will not manage its own sales.

Facebook chose to work through Cisneros Interactive because it already has the region’s most advanced advertising network. “I started Cisneros Interactive, our digital division four years ago,” says Adriana. “Our aim from the outset has been to create the largest advertising network in Latin America and also the smartest. When we began, others were trying to do similar things, but in a very country-specific way. No one really dared to do it pan-regionally. I used the same architecture to build the business that my father did when he brought satellite television to Latin America three decades ago.”

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Global Citizens
The Brown family & NFI: Keeping North America running
SID BROWN

I went to Georgetown University, where I majored in finance. After graduation, I went to New York, where I worked for two years in investment banking at Morgan Stanley, before attending Harvard Business School. At that point, I had to decide if I wanted to go back into investment banking or return to the family business. It was 1983 and NFI was primarily a trucking business with very small warehousing, real estate, and truck leasing components.

I’m not completely sure exactly what I was thinking at the time, but I probably felt a certain obligation to join the family business. I’d kind of grown up within NFI. From junior high school onwards, I’d always helped out at the company during summer vacations. I’d worked in the maintenance shop and as a loader in the warehouse. We had always discussed business around the family table as far back as I can remember. So I guess you could say it was in my blood.

When I entered the business, I also had two brothers and a sister working alongside me. So I not only had to figure out how to work with my father, but also with my siblings too. As we were coming up through the ranks, our father wisely refused to appoint any of us as his successor. ‘If I pick one of you,’ he said to us, ‘the others will always resent me and our relationship will suffer.’ Instead, he told us to work it out among ourselves, after which he would sell the business to us.

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Fighting an asymmetric war
MOHAMED AMERSI

Problem-solving and progress-making are second nature to Mohamed Amersi. For many years, he worked as a lawyer for two of the world’s leading firms, focusing upon highly complex equity-related deals. He subsequently set up his own advisory and investment firm specializing in technology, media, and telecoms. In 2015, he and his family created the Amersi Foundation, which particularly supports causes relating to education, poverty, conflict, and social cohesion.

The pandemic has definitely felt like a war at times. But it’s an unusual, asymmetric kind of war. The enemy we’re fighting is one that we can’t see or touch. It doesn’t deploy tanks, fire bullets or have a nuclear arsenal. But it does have hidden bases in pretty much every single part of the Earth. And our current weaponry is unable to defeat this enemy – an enemy that is only interested in killing us.

Like most people, I have had to learn a lot very quickly about COVID-19. I had no in-depth understanding of what ‘triaging,’ ‘social distancing,’ and ‘self-isolation’ were all about. We’ve all learned a completely new lexicon, a new way of living and have a new way of thinking about things. It’s a strange paradox, but we’ve had to stay apart in order to come together against this pandemic.

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