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Welcome to Citi’s Online Academy

Our Online Academy offers you the "anytime, anywhere" convenience of the Internet to access and participate in an array of educational webinars. These programs will help keep you up-to-date with both today's quickly-changing environment and our latest solutions and offerings. Online Academy sessions are led by Citi "professors" and industry experts and conducted in an intuitive, interactive format that encourages the exchange of information and ideas among participants.

If you have a question for one of our "professors", a topic you would like to suggest, or would like to be added to our webinar communications list, please contact us.

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Recent Programs

New and Upcoming Programs

Digital Security

As online business interactions continue to expand, especially at this time of year, cyber threats have been growing at equal pace. These attacks are becoming more sophisticated and dangerous, and are now a real threat to businesses, their banks and the economy. This client training will deconstruct some of the threats and provide insight on enabling safe and secure online interactions in the banking sector. Attend this session to ensure you are doing all you can to protect your assets and information.
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Featuring:

Elizabeth Petrie – Director, Strategic Intelligence, Office of the Chief of Information Security, Citi

Rajesh Shenoy – Director, Global Product Manager Digital Security, Treasury and Trade Solutions, Citi

The Cloud, and the future of banking

Session focused on thought leadership on cloud solutions. Where and how can cloud technology help transform integration with banks? What should be considered and what lessons have been learned from using this emerging technology. And what is Citi doing with cloud technologies?
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Featuring:

Ashish Chaughule – Global Product Manager for CitiConnect for SWIFT, Citi Treasury and Trade Solutions, Citi

Rene Schuurman – Director, Global Market Manager for Channel Services, Citi Treasury and Trade Solutions, Citi

Integration 2.0

Connecting and integrating with financial service providers has always been a major area of focus for both corporate practitioners and banks. Many initiatives, standards and technology solutions have come and gone with varying degrees of success. Come join the experts at Citi and learn about the latest industry trends and initiatives, as well as best practices, that have helped transform the Bank-2-Corporate space; Integration 2.0.
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Featuring:

Stephen Szczesniak – Global Product Manager for CitiConnect for Files, Treasury and Trade Solutions, Citi

Rene Schuurman – Director, Global Market Manager for Channel Services, Treasury and Trade Solutions, Citi

Mobile Treasury and the connected bank

Session focused on exploring the trends and needs from the Treasury function around the theme ‘mobility’. And how the Treasury function demands different solutions and capabilities change around the clock, and the industry leading innovations Citi has created.
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Featuring:

Kevin S. Brown – Director of Global Mobile Products & Digital Innovation, Treasury and Trade Solutions, Citi

Emily Lang – Assistant Vice President, Global Mobile Products & Digital Innovation, Citi Treasury and Trade Solutions, Citi

Deep Dive Into India: Treasury Strategy in a Resurgent India

India is the largest democracy with the youngest population - an aspiring nation with   tremendous potential.  The recent election results have led to increased expectations, with positive momentum across macro indicators. As we enter this new era, we are eager to gain perspective on changes in the political environment and understand the government’s priorities for economic development.
With the second session of this exciting new web series, Citi offers a unique opportunity to hear from industry thought-leaders about India’s investment climate and the changing face of treasury strategy in emerging markets.
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Featuring:

MJ Akbar – National Spokesperson, Bharatiya Janata Party on ‘The 3 Ps of Economic Growth: Policies, Politics & Processes’

Gourang Shah – Head, Asia Pacific-Treasury Advisory Group, Citi, on ‘Treasury Best Practices in Emerging Markets’

U.S Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act ("FATCA") Update II

U.S Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act ("FATCA") Update II We have received a number of inquiries following our May 6 webinar where we covered the impact of FATCA on your business. As we near July 1, the initial effective date for FATCA, we wanted to continue to provide you updates on the regulation as well as allow for more time for questions directly from you, our clients.
This session builds on the May 6 webinar. A replay is available here. For June 26 we'll further examine the complexities of this new regulation and look to reinforce the FATCA discussions we've had across our client base.
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Featuring:

Cindy Gerhard – Managing Director and Head of Product Management for Liquidity Management Services, Treasury and Trade Solutions, Citi

Nicole Tanguy – Director and Corporate Tax Counsel, Citi

Deep Dive Into India – The Companies Act 2013 and Its Business Implications

With a rapidly growing population of 1.2 billion, India is forecasted to be the world’s largest nation by 2030. However this wealth of opportunity is tempered by the complex regulatory, political and risk environments that characterize India’s economy. This reality is especially pertinent to treasury management, where frequent regulatory changes make it imperative for corporates to remain updated and adaptable. With this new web series, Citi offers a unique opportunity to hear from India’s foremost thought-leaders on recent changes to the Companies Act and its implications for treasury management in India, starting April 1st, 2014.
Replay

Featuring:

Sai Venkateshwaran – Partner & Head Accounting Advisory Services, KPMG

Nirav Patel – Director Accounting Advisory Services, KPMG

The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act ("FATCA") and Impact on you, our TTS clients

Please join us on May 6 for our upcoming Citi Online Academy webinar on the U.S Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (“FATCA”).

As Citi prepares for FATCA to go into effect on July 1, 2014, it’s critical that you have considered the impact of the regulation to your business. While the legislation is focused on financial institutions, FATCA can impact organizations that do not consider themselves traditional FIs.

This session examines the complexities of this new regulation, the impact to our clients and the consequences of non-compliance and the due diligence Citi is required to complete to ensure our compliance with the regulation.

 

Speakers:

Nicole Tanguy – Director and Corporate Tax Counsel, Citi

Cindy Gerhard – Global Head of Product  Management, Treasury and Trade Solutions, Citi

How to Achieve Effective Treasury and Trade Management in Africa

Africa is at a moment of change. After decades of economic stagnation and political instability, a new wave of optimism and opportunity is sweeping this vast continent of 54 countries driven by widespread reforms, infrastructure development, booming trade flows, a growing middle class and innovative uses of technology. Nowhere in Africa is this growth story more true than in Nigeria.

Yet while opportunities abound, challenges remain. In this webinar Citi experts based in the continent will provide you with practical advice and insights on how to harness the opportunities and meet the challenges of doing business in Africa with a focus on Nigeria. With unprecedented change and modernization, Africa is a growth story you can’t ignore. Attend this webinar to help you achieve effective treasury and trade management for your company’s business in this exciting market.

 

Speakers:

Yusuf Khan – Head of Trade Sub-Sahara Africa, Treasury and Trade Solutions, Citi

Foluso Ayo-Olaiya – Head of Client Sales Management Nigeria, Citi

What Next? - Practical Steps to Realizing the Benefits of SEPA

Now that your SEPA migration projects are finishing, the time is right to consider the benefits SEPA can bring to your organization. SEPA introduces new opportunities for centralization and bank rationalization, for saving costs and improving cash concentration and for transforming your receivables management. In this webinar, Citi SEPA specialists will review the market status and recent EC announcements before assessing the opportunities, offering a fresh perspective on the benefits and providing practical guidance on what to do next. As a leading SEPA bank, Citi is committed to progress and helping you unlock the opportunities.

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Speakers:

John Murray – EMEA Corporate and Public Sector Cash Sales Head, Treasury and Trade Solutions, Citi

Jonathan Jordan – EMEA Market Manager, Payments & Receivables, Treasury and Trade Solutions, Citi

Treasury Priorities for 2014: Cautious Optimism

The pickup in growth for developed and emerging markets alike represents an improving chapter for businesses operating globally. Yet, corporate treasurers must also deal with increasing complexity in the regulatory, rate and risk environments. Based on our global advisory work, in this session we review implications and the outlook for key priorities for treasury in 2014.

Speakers:

Michael Guralnick – Global Sales Head, Corporate and Public Sector, Treasury and Trade Solutions, Citi

Ron Chakravarti – Global Head, Treasury Advisory Group, Treasury and Trade Solutions, Citi

Gourang Shah – Treasury Advisory Group Head, Asia Pacific, Treasury and Trade Solutions, Citi

Managing Investment Practices: Risk, Regulation and Return

Many of Citi’s clients have expressed interest in gaining perspective on ‘best-in-class’ investment policies and counterparty assessment practices in light of the evolving regulatory landscape and the need to balance short-term risk, liquidity and investment return.

As you prepare for 2014, we welcome you to join us for a review of evolving practices and recent trends in managing short-term investments. This session highlights global results and insights from our Treasury Diagnostics treasury benchmarking research.

Featuring:

Ron Chakravarti, – Global Head, Treasury Advisory, Liquidity Management Services

Michael Berkowitz – Head, North America Liquidity Management Services and Corporate Market Management

Mali Bartlett – North America Balance Sheet Management and Product Development

Wednesday, December 11th

Hungary Financial Transaction Tax Update

Citi hosted a client webinar to provide an update on the Hungary Financial Transaction Tax. This is a proposal to introduce a financial transaction tax within some member states of the European Union by 1 January 2014. The tax would apply to financial institutions party to a wide-range of financial transactions where one party is established in the participating Member State or the instrument is issued in a participating member state. As such, the proposal in its current form has wide ranging impact on financial transactions and financial institutions globally, impacting banks, asset managers, funds, corporate treasuries and investors.

Replay

Featuring:

Hajnalka Bor – Hungary Securities Country Manager

Wednesday, December 4th

Canada 2014 Economic Outlook

Managing global treasury operations is complex and it can be challenging to stay well informed on economic, currency and tax issues in countries outside your home country.  At this webinar, we will provide a economic update outlook on Canada.  We will examine some of the key economic drivers for the Canadian economy, such as commodities and the key global trading partners.

Dana Peterson, Economist and Director of Citi Research, will provide an economic update including how some external forces may impact the Canadian economy. Dana has specific responsibility for producing macroeconomic forecasts and analysis, as well as market research pieces for the Canadian economy.
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Featuring:

Dana Peterson – Economist and Director Citi Research

Thursday, November 14th

Examining London's RQFII Developments

The extension of the Renminbi qualified foreign institutional investor (RQFII) scheme to London-based investors is without doubt a big investment attraction for players eager to tap into the currency’s growth story. In this Citi Online Academy session, our experts examine the latest RQFII framework developments and share practical insight on setting up and utilizing RQFII products. We also briefly explore the possibility of Asian Regional Funds Passports replacing Luxembourg UCITS funds and what this could mean for the investor landscape.

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Featuring:

Kevin Wong – Securities Country Manager, China, Citi

Freddie Chen – Managing Director, China Asset Management Co.

Stewart Aldcroft – Chief Executive Officer, CitiTrust Limited, Asia Pacific and Senior Advisor for Citi's Investor Services in Asia Pacific

Thursday, November 21st

Regulatory Challenges: Treasury Management in a Changing Environment

New global capital requirements and other regulatory changes – from Basel III to Money Market Fund Reform – are impacting the financial services industry. These new regulations will change how banks manage their balance sheets and businesses, with consequent impact on corporate treasury management.

You are cordially invited to join Citi thought leaders for this next installment in our Advisory Webinar Series, where we will discuss the impact of changing regulations, and how corporate treasuries and their banks can work together more closely to understand the issues, each others’ needs, and strengthen this critical partnership for the future.

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Featuring:

Elyse Weiner – Global Product Head of Liquidity Management Services, Treasury and Trade Solutions, Citi

John Ahearn – Global Trade Sales Head, Treasury and Trade Solutions, Citi

Tuesday, October 8th

Proxy and Consent with No Fee

Citi hosted a client webinar designed to highlight the features and benefits of our Proxy and Consent with No Fee services in the U.S. market. Shareholders of a corporation have certain rights/powers, including the right to vote on issues that affect the management of a company as well as items that may affect the value of the company. Citi reviewed the current market environment and service options to assist clients in determining the most suitable and efficient solution for their needs.
Replay

Featuring:

Deborah Mercer-Miller U.S. Securities Country Manager, Citi

Kelly Kunselman U.S. Direct Custody & Clearing Market Specialist, Citi

Tuesday, October 8th

SEPA: Meeting the Deadline and Looking Ahead to the New Era

With the SEPA end date fast approaching, this webinar will give you practical guidance on what you can still do to meet the deadline, answer questions you may still have about your own SEPA migration journey and take a look ahead and give you a clear picture of the emerging SEPA landscape so that you can make the most of new opportunities.

In addition, this webinar will analyse the status with SEPA adoption and the key issues corporates are facing.

  1. Are you feeling behind the curve in terms of your SEPA preparation?
  2. Are you confident your project is on track but have a few questions?
  3. Are you ready to make the most of the new opportunities, but wondering how best to capitalise on them?

If so, this session is for you. Attendees will gain valuable insights on what they must do to meet the deadline. And for those that have complied with the regulation, this is just the end of the beginning. There’s plenty to debate… SEPA offers opportunities to rationalise and reengineer your processes.

Replay

Featuring:

John MurrayEMEA Corporate and Public Sector Cash Sales Head, Treasury and Trade Solutions, Citi

Jonathan JordanEMEA Payments and Receivables Product Manager, Treasury and Trade Solutions, Citi

Wednesday, September 25th

Vietnam Market Update

Citi continuously aims to provide our valued clients with world class market information. This edition of our Online Academy offers investors a deeper understanding of the macro-economic, foreign exchange and securities markets trends affecting investment in the Vietnam market, as well as provides a detailed update on key regulatory changes to consider.

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Featuring:

Ha-Thu Nguyen – Country Manager, Vietnam for Citi Securities and Fund Services

Anh-Tuan Nguyen – Corporate Sales and Structuring Country Head for Citi Vietnam

Monday, September 16th

China's Door Swings Open

All eyes are on China, as the country continues to liberalize its capital markets by further expanding the QFII and RQFII scheme. In this session, we offer a deeper understanding of the key challenges and opportunities the route back to China may hold for foreign investors. From updates on QFII and RQFII to mutual recognition of funds and tax regimes, we provide a detailed update on macro-economic trends in China and examine the implications of recent changes made by policymakers.

Replay

Featuring:

Kevin Wong – Country Head of Citi Securities and Fund Services in China

Johnny Foun – Tax Partner, Deloitte Shanghai

Mathew Kathayanat – Head of Asian Flows for EMEA, Citi Securities and Fund Services

Tuesday, September 10th

Indonesia Foreign Exchange Update

Due to the unbalanced current account deficit and rising inflation levels, Indonesia has experienced a USD tight liquidity issue in the market over the past three months. The USD against IDR is trading at a much higher rate than the rates published on market data screens and the unavailability of a reliable source of FX pricing has raised some concerns. In this brief session, Citi Indonesia provides our clients with some color around  foreign exchange transactions in this current environment.

Featuring:

Daniel Wijono – Head of Citi Securities and Fund Services in Indonesia

Koko Charles Widjatmiko – Head of Trading, Citi Indonesia

Suhadi Mustopo – Head of Corporate Sales and Structuring, Citi Indonesia

Tuesday, September 10th

Italy – Italian Financial Transaction Tax

Citi Milan hosted a client webinar providing an update on the Italian Financial Transaction Tax.

The Italian Financial Transaction Tax is applied on purchases of eligible Italian Shares and Derivatives contracts regardless of where they are traded, settled and held. As such the introduction of this tax impacts all clients (both buy and sell side) globally trading in eligible Italian securities.

Listen to the update from our experts or download a copy of the presentation.

Featuring:

Massimo Scordino – Italy Senior Product Manager, Securities and Fund Services, Citi

Emilia Di Giovanni – Market Specialist, Securities and Fund Services, Citi

Tuesday, August 13th

Recommendations of the SEBI Foreign Investment Commitee

Citi India hosted a webinar to explore the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) approved recommendations on the integration of the foreign investment framework.

The recommendations were submitted by an appointed committee comprising of representatives from SEBI, the Government of India, the Reserve Bank of India and various other key market participants, including Citi.

Featuring:

Aashish Mishra – Country Head of Securities and Fund Services, India, Citi

Sangeeta Uchil – Client Executive, Securities and Fund Services, India, Citi

Gautam Mehra – Executive Director, Tax and Regulatory Services, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Wednesday, July 31st

How regulatory changes are driving transformation of the cash management and trade landscape in Nigeria

Since the start of 2012, some significant changes have been introduced to the payments systems and the International trade process in Nigeria that are expected to introduce efficiency to the business in Nigeria.

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This session takes a look at the following topics:

  • Developments in Nigeria’s payment landscape
  • Changes in the imports process
  • Effects of recent regulatory changes on Nigerian businesses
  • Citi Nigeria’s treasury and trade capabilities

Featuring:

Segun Adaramola – Head, Treasury &Trade Solutions, Nigeria

Emmanuel Umukoro – Head, Cash Management, Nigeria

Foluso Ayo-Olaiya – TTS Head, Client Sales Management, Nigeria

Wednesday, July 24th

FATCA

On January 17, 2013, the U.S. Treasury and Internal Revenue Service published final regulations that set forth the requirements for complying with the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act ("FATCA").  Financial institutions globally are working to understand the changes in and the impact of the final FATCA regulations on their business and are developing their plans to implement FATCA by the January 1, 2014 effective date. To listen to our FATCA informative series we conducted for clients or download a copy of the presentation please click here.

 
     

Featuring:

Deborah Mercer-Miller – Director and U.S. Securities Country Manager, Citi

Nicole Tanguy – Director and Tax Counsel, Citi

June 4th - July 9th 2013

Italy – Hold and Release Features and Service

Citi Milan hosted a client webinar where they aimed to provide an overview of the functionalities of the Hold and Release and the services that will be implemented by Monte Titoli (the Italian CSD) in the Italian Securities Settlement Infrastructure.

Featuring:

Franco Carulli – Securities and Funds Services Country Product Head for Italy, Citi

Melissa Stramare – Account Manager, Market Specialist, Italy, Citi

Thursday, June 27th

Brazil Market Overview Training: Asia Session

Citi would like to invite its clients to the first-ever market training session in Latin America focused on the Brazilian market. In our continuous efforts to bring our on-the-ground market experts closer to you and to help you better understand our proprietary network in Latin America, Citi is launching this new market training initiative covering all major securities market areas including: market infrastructures, corporate actions, proxy voting, income collections, settlements, taxation and much more!

Featuring:

Frederico Leonel International Client Service Head for Brazil, Citi

Wednesday, June 26th

European Union Financial Transaction Tax Update

Citi hosted a client webinar to provide an update on the European Union Financial Transaction Tax (EU FTT). This is a proposal to introduce a financial transaction tax within some member states of the European Union by 1 January 2014. The tax would apply to financial institutions party to a wide-range of financial transactions where one party is established in the participating Member State or the instrument is issued in a participating member state. As such, the proposal in its current form has wide ranging impact on financial transactions and financial institutions globally, impacting banks, asset managers, funds, corporate treasuries and investors.

Featuring:

Hans Lorenzen Head of European IG Credit Products Strategy

Gareth Robinson Senior Tax Manager

Nadine Teychenne Global Product Development Custody

Thursday, June 20th

Practical Co-innovation: SAP and Citi on SAP's Financial Services Network

Corporate treasurers need solutions that help them balance the changes in the operational and credit risk in their banking footprint, deliver agility in their ability to support the goals of the underlying business and allow for continued cost reduction while increasing efficiency. The value of these solutions is often driven by how integrated they can be between their corporate ERP and their bank.

The SAP Financial Services Network is an innovative on-demand solution designed to simplify corporate interaction with financial institutions and to address this need. The network will be hosted by SAP and will include bank routing, data transformation, on-boarding, provisioning, and monitoring capabilities as well as provide access to the analytic capabilities embodied in SAP HANA based architecture. Please join us to learn how this solution can help your business and to provide your views and feedback on what capabilities add value.

       

Featuring:

Jatin Sheth Regional Product Manager, Asia Pacific, Channel & Enterprise Services, Citi

Bala Ram Vice President, SAP Financial Services Network

Wednesday, June 19th

SEPA – Practical steps to meet the deadline

With less than one year until the Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) standards become mandatory, all organizations with Euro credit transfers and direct debits, within the 17 Euro member states, need to ensure full compliance February 1, 2014. This mandatory date is fast-approaching and it is now critical to ensure that your organization is prepared and will fully migrate to the SEPA schemes in advance of the mandatory deadlines. Indeed, with year-end change restrictions taken into account, many organizations will need to be fully compliant by November 2013.

  • Have all BIC & IBAN details been collected?
  • Will you be able to pay your teams 'on the ground'?
  • If you collect via Euro direct debit today, are you ready to do so via SEPA Direct Debit
  • Have payment and collections for vendors, employees and customers been migrated to SEPA?
This session will focus on the key considerations for implementing SEPA and provide practical guidance for meeting the end date while also highlighting the cash management opportunities that SEPA can unlock for organizations.

Featuring:

Mark Tweedie EMEA Head Client Sales Management, Treasury & Trade Solutions, Citi

Karin Flinspach Regional Head, Payments and Receivables, EMEA Treasury & Trade Solutions, Citi

Jonathan Jordan Market Manager, Payments, EMEA Treasury & Trade Solutions Citi

Wednesday, June 19th

Brazil Market Overview Training

Citi would like to invite its clients to the first-ever market training session in Latin America focused on the Brazilian market. In our continuous efforts to bring our on-the-ground market experts closer to you and to help you better understand our proprietary network in Latin America, Citi is launching this new market training initiative covering all major securities market areas including: market infrastructures, corporate actions, proxy voting, income collections, settlements, taxation and much more!

Please join Frederico Leonel, International Client Service Head for Brazil, during one of the following 90-minute sessions to learn more about the Brazilian market.

Topics to be covered during this training are:

  • Country Overview
  • Market Infrastructures
  • Citi Services
  • Settlements
  • Corporate Actions
  • Proxy Voting
  • Income Collection
  • Taxation
  • Q&A

Featuring:

Frederico Leonel International Client Service Head for Brazil

Wednesday, June 12th

From challenge to opportunity: How to effectively manage cross-currency payments in a dynamic market

As globalization, urbanization and digitization trends gather pace and continue to transform the way business is executed, there is a growing need for an effective approach to foreign exchange and cross-currency payment management. Understanding and managing these trends and their impact is vital to an integrated cash management strategy. In a recent survey conducted by Citi, several key cross-currency payment challenges and objectives emerged. In this webinar, we will share findings from this survey and practical advice so that you can effectively manage your cross-currency payments and turn a potential challenge into an opportunity to fully enable your business' global flows.

Featuring:

Ebru Pakcan Global Head of Payments, Treasury and Trade Solutions, Citi

Morgan McKenneyGlobal Head of WorldLink® Payment Services, Treasury and Trade Solutions, Citi

Tuesday, June 4th

China Reforms: Are you prepared for the new opportunities?

China has become a global economic powerhouse and an important market for multinational corporations. Until recently, treasury processes have been challenged by currency controls and regulation. But this is now changing. China has liberalized its currency regime and control of cross-border payment processes. And in an extremely short period of time, the renminbi has emerged as a significant currency and a significant opportunity. Corporates now have exciting new possibilities to review their supply chains and integrate their China operations into their global treasury practice. If you trade with or operate in China, this webinar will give you fresh insights to help you tap into the new opportunities.

Featuring:

Deborah Mur Head of Sales China, TTS, Citi

Camille Liao EMEA Liquidity & Investments, Treasury and Trade Solutions, Citi

Thursday, May 23rd

Driving Above Average Paperless Billing Rates

While online bill pay has become a mainstream practice among consumers, acceptance rates of electronic bills (e-bills) have been modest at best. The good news is that the perceived barriers to consumer adoption can all be overcome and the timing is favorable for its acceptance. Citi will provide a review of varying e-billing models and associated best practices. A step-by-step approach to deployment and marketing strategies for paperless billing adoption will also be discussed.

Featuring:

Linda Zhang Market Manager, NA Receivables, Treasury & Trade Solutions, Citi

Steve Ryan Manager, Channel Development, Kubra

Chris Styka Manager, Market Development, Kubra

Tuesday, May 14th

Global Pooling and Tax Considerations – a Canadian perspective

Managing global treasury operations is complex and it can be challenging to stay well informed on economic, currency and tax issues in countries outside your home country. Many of you have asked about tax and jurisdictional issues surrounding global and multi-currency pooling accounts. At this webinar, we will provide a brief economic update and lead a discussion on global pooling of accounts and the resulting tax implications.

Dana Peterson, Economist and Director of Citi Research, will provide an economic update including how some external forces may impact the Canadian economy. Dana has specific responsibility for producing macroeconomic forecasts and analysis, as well as market research pieces for the Canadian economy.

Steve Percy, Product Manager of Liquidity Solutions, Citi Canada, will partner with Jeffrey Trossman, Counsel from the law firm of Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP. Jeffrey practices in all areas of income tax planning, including M&A, multijurisdictional corporate reorganizations and restructuring, private equity, international taxation and the taxation of REITs and other investment funds. He has authored many articles for the Canadian Tax Foundation, the International Tax Review and other publications.

Featuring:

Dana Peterson – Economist and Director Citi Research

Steve Percy – Product Manager Liquidity Solutions – Citi Canada

Jeffrey Trossman – Partner Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP

Tuesday, April 30th

Dubai Financial Market: Buyer compensation operational procedures

Citi UAE hosted a client webinar by the Securities team on April 18th ,2013  to provide a  brief on the implementation of “Buyer Cash Compensation” being introduced by Dubai Financial Market.  Given this important development,  Patrick Kong Senior Vice President Market Services Borse Dubai joined the Citi team to  speak to clients on the upcoming procedures being introduced on the “Buyer Compensation” that will be in effect from May 2013. This is an important market development where Custodian of an end buyer receives cash compensation from DFM instead of purchased securities being unavailable for delivery.

 
Americas, EMEA and Asia,

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Poland - Market and Economic Outlook

Citi Poland hosted a client webinar by Piotr Kalisz on Thursday, April 11th, 2013.  In this webinar, Piotr Kalisz discussed the recent changes in the Polish market, the foreseen outlook, and what this means for foreign investors.

We aimed to provide an overview of the European landscape and Poland’s financial position in EU looking at Poland’s economy in 2012 and main financial indicators i.e. GDP, CPI, FX rates, Interests Rates, Sovereign Debt and the growth perspective for Poland in 2013

Americas, EMEA and Asia,

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Practical Co-innovation: SAP and Citi on SAP's Financial Services Network

Corporate treasurers need solutions that help them balance the changes in the operational and credit risk in their banking footprint, deliver agility in their ability to support the goals of the underlying business and allow for continued cost reduction while increasing efficiency.  The value of these solutions is often driven by how integrated they can be between their corporate ERP and their bank.

The SAP Financial Services Network is an innovative on-demand solution designed to simplify corporate interaction with financial institutions and to address this need.  The network will be hosted by SAP and will include bank routing, data transformation, on-boarding, provisioning, and monitoring capabilities as well as provide access to the analytic capabilities embodied in SAP HANA based architecture. Please join us to learn how this solution can help your business and to provide your views and feedback on what capabilities add value.

Featuring:

Rene SchuurmanGlobal Product Manager, Connectivity Services, Citi Transaction Services

Bala RamVice President - SAP Financial Services Network

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

United States Postal Services Update – How Changes to the USPS Service Model Impact our NA Clients

In December 2011, the United States Postal Service (USPS) announced changes to delivery standards in the latest attempt to cut costs and reduce expenses by $18 billion by 2015. Since that time a series of changes have been proposed by the USPS that will affect mail movement and in turn our clients and the way they do business. In March 2012 we held an informational session to help educate our clients on these proposed changes and the potential impact to their receivables business. As the USPS recently announced additional changes, Citi’s NA Receivables team in partnership with Phoenix-Hecht is pleased to provide another update on the proposed changes and the impact to our NA Receivables clients’ business.


Featuring:

Ron Tauscher Market Manager, North American Receivables, Citi Transaction Services

Lex Litton Senior Vice President, Phoenix-Hecht

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

SEPA – Practical steps to meet the deadline

With less than one year until the Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) standards become mandatory, all organizations with Euro credit transfers and direct debits, within the 17 Euro member states, need to ensure full compliance February 1, 2014. This mandatory date is fast-approaching and it is now critical to ensure that your organization is prepared and will fully migrate to the SEPA schemes in advance of the mandatory deadlines. Indeed, with year-end change restrictions taken into account, many organizations will need to be fully compliant by November 2013.

  • Have all BIC & IBAN details been collected?
  • Will you be able to pay your teams ‘on the ground’?
  • If you collect via Euro direct debit today, are you ready to do so via SEPA Direct Debit
  • Have payment and collections for vendors, employees and customers been migrated to SEPA?
This session will focus on the key considerations for implementing SEPA and provide practical guidance for meeting the end date while also highlighting the cash management opportunities that SEPA can unlock for organizations.


Please contact your Citi representative for the replay and presentation.

Featuring:

Mark TweedieEMEA Head Client Sales Management, Treasury & Trade Solutions, Citi Transaction Services

Karin Flinspach Regional Head, Payments and Receivables, EMEA Citi Transaction Services

Jonathan JordanMarket Manager, Payments, EMEA Citi Transaction Services

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Hot Topics: Extending In House Banks and Liquidity Structures to Growth Markets


With multinationals focused on Emerging Markets growth, treasury departments are challenged to re-engineer liquidity and risk management strategies. Leading companies are reassessing how current processes and structures can be refined and extended to deal with the issues faced in more regulated jurisdictions.

Based on our client advisory work around the world, in this session we review key themes and approaches that leading corporates are taking towards managing treasury in growth markets.


Featuring:

Ron Chakravarti Head, Client Solutions & Advisory, Citi Liquidity Management, Citi Transaction Services

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Countdown to SEPA – 1 year to go


To simplify cross-border payments in the EU, the European Parliament has passed legislation setting 1 February 2014 as the deadline for companies and government agencies within the 17 Euro member states to migrate to SEPA (Single Euro Payments Area) standards. While the introduction of SEPA means that companies will have to change their processes for doing business in Europe, it also creates opportunities to optimize their global treasury structures and increase operational efficiency.

This webinar will explore the benefits of SEPA to companies with Euro payment flows, and focus on key considerations for successfully implementing this initiative. The session will be very useful for treasurers as they finalize their SEPA strategy, execution plan and migration in advance of the regulatory deadline.


Please contact your Citi representative for the replay.

Featuring:

Karin Flinspach Regional Head, Payments and Receivables, EMEA Citi Transaction Services

Jonathan Jordan Market Manager, Payments, EMEA Citi Transaction Services

This webinar is aimed at Asia Pacific based corporate clients

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Your Migration to SEPA for Direct Debit Clients


With less than one year until Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) standards become mandatory, migrating to a SEPA Direct Debit scheme is a requirement for any organization initiating euro direct debits within the 17 Euro member states.

In this session, we will offer key information on decisions and actions that will enable your organization to choose a SEPA Direct Debit scheme (Core or B2B). This session will help you decide on a mandate management approach and gain practical direct debit migration advice





Please contact your Citi representative for the replay and presentation.

Featuring:

Karin Flinspach EMEA Head of Payments & Receivables, Treasure & Trade Solutiosn, Citi Transaction Services

Marie Geraghty SEPA Direct Debit Product Manager, Treasury & Trade Solutions, Citi Transaction Services

Peter CunninghamEMEA Head of Telecoms, Media, Technology Sector, Client Sales Management, Citi Transaction Services

Garry YoungDirector of Corporate Services, Logica/CGI

Wednesdsay, February 20th, 2013

Upwardly Mobile: A Long and Winding Road for Mobile Payments – Eight Crucial Questions


Mobile Payments has been dubbed the Future of Money and the conventional wisdom is that this is how we will transact in the years to come.

The past six months has been heavy with news flow indicating that there are now wider choices than before in Mobile Payments and these announcements have also given us better clarity on what can and cannot work. Subsequently, we've found that there is a need to address questions that go to the heart of what is changing within Payments. In this session, we focus on eight questions that address the issues of business model evolution, technology and adoption.
1. Processing "Rails" and Transactions
2. Incumbents and Their Actions
3. Targeted Offers and Data Ownership
4. Ecosystem Evolution
5. Technology Choice and Timeframe
6. Global Standards and Regulation
7. Mobile Wallet Attributes
8. The Holy Grail: Consumer Adoption

Featuring:

Tomasz Smilowicz Global Head of Mobile Solutions, Citi Transaction Services

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Italy Financial Transaction Tax

Citi hosted a client webinar on the pending Italy Financial Transaction Tax, effective from 1st March 2013, and covered the important changes introduced by the decree issued by the Italian Government at the beginning of February and informed clients of their obligations and process as well as the involvement of intermediaries Banks and Brokers. Following the decree, it is important that we communicate with our clients as soon as possible to provide them with this update.

Featuring:

Massimo ScordinoItaly Senior Product Manager, Citi Transaction Services

Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Asia - 7.00am UK
8.00am CET
3.00pm HK/SG
6.00pm SYD
EMEA/NY - 3pm UK
4pm CET
10am NY

Doing Business in Emerging Markets in 2013: Where Are We and Where Are We Going?

We hope 2013 will be a less disappointing year for Emerging Market Economies with more certainty and better clarity about global trends and developments. Yet as expected, uncertainty abounds and we will have to forge out business and investment strategies to take advantage of a continued opaque outlook. We can be certain of at least three sources of uncertainty: (1) the struggle to avoid the US Fiscal Cliff will continue; (2) policies to solidify the Euro Area remain captive to political vagaries (most immediately the Italian and German elections); and (3) China’s new leadership must rebalance the economy, sustain growth, and deliver stability-enhancing reforms. 

Emerging Market business and investment strategies will have to contend with weak external demand from the Advanced Economies. So Emerging Market policy makers will likely focus on boosting domestic demand and pursue policies biased toward weaker rather than stronger exchange rates—so long as inflation remains in check. Also we will discuss what this means for policy surprises going forward.

Featuring:

Bill Lee Transaction Services Chief Economist, Citi Research

Thursday, January 24, 2013
10:00 am Eastern Standard Time

Asia Pacific Corporate Treasury Priorities 2013

In this session, we will address the key concerns of corporate treasurers in Asia Pacific and strategies they are planning to adopt to run, protect and grow their businesses.

This webinar offers insights from Citi's Treasury Diagnostics benchmarking survey of 350 clients in Asia Pacific and examines factors such as macro-economics, regulatory challenges, and technology changes. Based on these observations along with our vantage point of working with many of the world's leading companies, we will share with you the top treasury priorities of 2013.

Please contact your Citi representative for the replay.

Featuring:

Gourang ShahHead, Treasury Advisory, Asia Pacific, Citi Transaction Services

Tuesday, January 15, 2013
2:30 pm Hong Kong

Citi Canada Economic and Currency Update Webinar

Managing global treasury operations is complex and it can be challenging to stay well informed on economic and currency issues in countries outside your home country. To help you with this challenge, we invite you to attend a webinar where Citi experts will provide an economic and currency update on Canada. We will review the Canadian economy and dollar with some of the external forces that may influence both. This webinar is targeted at multinational companies that have business operations or interest in Canada.

Featuring:

Dana Peterson Economist and Director Citi Research

Greg AndersonCFA, PhD, North American Head of FX Strategy

Tuesday, December 11, 2012
10:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

Managing Investment Policy & Risk in the Current Environment

In light of regulatory developments, counterparty credit rating changes and downward pressure on investment returns, many of Citi’s clients have expressed interest in gaining perspective on investment policies and counterparty assessments as they manage through this environment.

Citi and Treasury Strategies would like to welcome you to a discussion on this topic where we will examine potential upcoming regulatory changes that will impact the investments space. We will highlight some of the evolving practices in developing Investment Policies within an organization as well as recent trends in managing cash investments.

This webinar will be hosted by Michael Berkowitz and Declan McGivern of Citi Transaction Services, and will include a presentation and discussion with Mike Gallanis of Treasury Strategies.

Please contact your Citi representative for the replay and presentation.

Featuring:

Michael BerkowitzNorth America Liquidity & Investments Head, Citi Transaction Services

Declan McGivernGlobal Solutions Advisory Head, Citi Transaction Services

Mike GallanisPartner, Corporate Consulting, Treasury Strategies

Tuesday, December 4, 2012
11:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

Introduction to HMRC RTI - New UK Payroll Regulation

There is a new UK regulation relating to PAYE Real Time Information (RTI) which comes into effect in April 2013. This regulation will affect every employer that pays salaries through Bacs (UK low value clearing). The change does not affect PAYE itself but just the way and how often the PAYE details are sent to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

With this change, all PAYE details will need to be sent electronically as part of the routine payroll process every time a payment is made. The aim of the regulation is to ensure that more people pay the accurate amount of tax and National Insurance.

Citi will support all affected clients to ensure the implementation of this requirement is as smooth as possible. We are working with the Bacs scheme and HMRC to understand the impact of RTI on clients and aim to ensure all our clients are fully prepared by April 2013.

Citi is hosted a client webinar jointly with HMRC to raise awareness of RTI, please click on the link to view material or watch a replay.

Featuring:

Imran AliUK Payments Product Manager, Treasury & Trade Solutions, Citi Transaction Services

Merisa Lee GimpelMarket Manager EMEA Payments, Treasury & Trade Solutions, Citi Transaction Services

Maggie AndersonReal Time Information, Stakeholder Engagement, Team Lead, HMRC

UK Thursday, November 29, 2012
10.00am London GMT

Treasury Priorities in 2013: Key Treasury Concerns drive focus Toward Best–In–Class

Today’s complex operating environment poses a number of challenges to corporate treasurers, particularly with respect to maximizing the efficient use of liquidity. To help clients overcome the many difficulties associated with effective liquidity management, Citi Liquidity Management Services offers a wide array of industry leading liquidity services designed to address treasury needs in a reliable, robust, and highly flexible manner. To maintain its leading competitive position, Citi has continued to evolve its liquidity capabilities to meet increasingly complex client needs. Please join the L&I team as we review the latest market trends and client needs as they relate to liquidity management, the latest enhancements to Citi’s market leading capabilities, and the current tools available that best illustrate Citi’s value proposition.

Featuring:

Ron ChakravartiHead, Client Solutions & Advisory, Citi Liquidity Management, Citi Transaction Services

Wednesday, November 28, 2012
11:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

The Digital Bank – How will it transform Connectivity

The market is changing rapidly and it is important to stay abreast of new developments and the emergence of the digital bank. Please join Citi to discuss the digital bank beyond just mobile/online, and how it will transform corporate-to-bank connectivity. We will be exploring market trends, ERP integration in the cloud, 3SKey, and interfacing based on standards.

Featuring:

Rene SchuurmanGlobal Head of Connectivity, Channel and Enterprise Services, Citi

Thursday, November 15, 2012

15 Months to SEPA – Your Next Steps

Earlier this year, the European Parliament passed legislation setting 1 February 2014 as the end date for the migration of Euro ACH credit transfers and direct debits to Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) standards, within the 17 Euro Member States. This mandatory date is fast–approaching and it is now critical to ensure that your organization is ready and prepared to migrate to the SEPA schemes in advance of the mandatory deadline. This session will focus on the key considerations for implementing SEPA and provide practical guidance for meeting the end date.

Don’t miss this opportunity to join the conversation.

Featuring:

Karin FlinspachEMEA Head of Payments and Receivables, Citi Transaction Services

Jonathan JordanEMEA Payments Market Manager, Citi Transaction Services

Garry YoungDirector of Corporate Services, Logica / CGI

Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012
10:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

Basel III’s Impact

As Basel III looms on the regulatory landscape, its implications will extend beyond the banks with impact on the corporate community as well. Join Citi thought leaders for the next installment in our Advisory Webinar Series, where we will take an in-depth look at Basel III and its current status.

During this one hour session we will examine the overall regulatory landscape, Basel III’s implications for today’s market, and how new demand on banks will ultimately change the cost of liquidity. John Ahearn and Elyse Weiner will discuss how this will likely affect corporate treasurers and their overall liquidity management processes.

Featuring:

John AhearnManaging Director, Citi Transaction Services

Elyse Weiner Managing Director, Citi Transaction Services

Thursday, October 18, 2012
11:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

CIPI Soundbite: CPO/CTA Registration & non-US Funds

On 24 April 2012, an exemption that previously applied to non-US funds, CFTC Regulation 4.13(a)(4), was rescinded and this becomes effective on 31 December 2012. Consequently, fund managers with at least one U.S. investor and with holdings in derivatives such as futures, options on futures and “swaps” per the recent CFTC definition (e.g. FXs, IRS, CDS etc.), have until 31 December 2012 to either register with the CFTC, avail of an alternative exemption where possible or cease trading the derivative instruments within scope of this requirement. This webcast will assist in giving an overview of how this change may impact you and you can use this webcast to learn about these new requirements and prepare for their implementation.

Featuring:

Ian McCarthySenior Fiduciary Monitoring Officer, Citi Transaction Services

October 10, 2012

The Changing Landscape in Europe: A Macro Economic Update and Review of Implications for Treasurers

We'd like to take this opportunity to thank you for participating in our latest Citi Online Academy webinar, The Changing Landscape in Europe: A Macro Economic Update and Review of Implications for Treasurers. This session provides an update on the current situation and Citi’s views on how this may evolve; as well as a review of what leading Treasurers are doing to prepare and manage for the prolonged crisis.

At your earliest convenience, please take a moment to complete our survey, so that we can ensure future sessions are focused on the topics that are most important and relevant to you. The survey should take no more than two minutes.

Featuring:

Bill Lee Managing Director, Citi Global Chief Economist Team

Ron Chakravarti Managing Director, Citi Transaction Services

Mark TweedieManaging Director, Citi Transaction Services

Thursday, October 4, 2012
11:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

Market Trends in Transportation Spend Management

Citi is pleased to partner with the American Trucking Association and Syncada to bring you the latest information on market trends and opportunities in today’s transportation and logistics market.

Many global companies have freight and logistics spend management as a strategic priority in 2012 and beyond. Find out the specific pain points that our clients face through a lively discussion moderated by Bob Costello, Chief Economist and Vice President for the American Trucking Associations. He will be joined by Kurt Schneiber, Chief Executive Officer of Syncada and Citi experts Jeff Cousins and Jeff Carlson.

Don't miss this opportunity to join the conversation.

Featuring:

Bob CostelloChief Economist and Vice President for the American Trucking Associations

Kurt Schneiber Syncada Chief Executive Officer

Jeff CousinsVice President and Market Manager for Citi® Integrated Freight Processing

Jeff Carlson Vice President and Sales Consultant for Citi® Integrated Freight

Thursday September 27, 2012
11:00 AM EDT

China: The World’s Best Opportunity for Asset Managers?

Citi hosted a client webinar to discuss the opportunities for growth in the retail and institutional asset management industry in China, drawing from the findings of the China asset management report compiled by Z–Ben Advisors for Citi.

Listen to the replay of the webinar or view the materials that looks at the Overview of findings

  • Forecast for public (mutual fund) assets to triple by 2015: from RMB2.3tr (USD360bn) today to at least RMB6.8tr (USD1tr) in total assets by 2015 and possibly doubling again by 2020, as policy changes are instituted to encourage the development of investment markets and internalization of the currency
  • Given the disparity between China’s current 11% share of global market capitalization and investors’ 0.1% allocation to the country, global investors’ allocation to China could potentially increase by tenfold, or even more
  • China Investment Corporation (CIC), a major global sovereign wealth fund, is will soon transition from its first generation of managers. Expect manager turnover in favour of alternative asset classes, and niche traditional managers with a strong performance track record
  • Foreign banks will become fund distributors in the near future. To facilitate partnerships with fund managers, foreign banks will first need to attract much larger numbers of high-net-worth investors
  • Offshore subsidiaries of Chinese financial firms should be much higher on their global competitors’ radar screens. No foreign firm will be able to equal their access to the domestic Chinese market in the next ten years
  • Download the research here

Featuring:

Stewart AldcroftSenior Asia Advisor, Citi Transaction Services

Jervis SmithManaging Director, Global Head of Client Executive, Citi Transaction Services

Americas, EMEA and Asia,
Wednesday 19th September, 2012

Online Academy Webinar: Global Economic Update

Global uncertainty has become more intense as risks and vulnerabilities unfold in every region. Corporate Treasurers must ensure that they tap all available global intelligence gathering resources to synthesize the impact of these global and regional risks on their own operations and organizations. This webinar is designed to update you on the latest global economic developments, and to help you place them in a strategic perspective that can help to realign your plans and possibly redeploy resources as events unfold.

Featuring:

Bill LeeCiti Global Chief Economist

September 11, 2012

ESMA Guidelines on ETFs and other UCITS issues

On 25 July 2012, ESMA published its guidelines in relation to issues surrounding exchange traded funds, the use of financial indices by UCITS and other general UCITS issues. The aim is to strengthen investor protection and ensure greater harmonisation in regulatory practices. This webinar sets out the key provisions, challenges and timelines in more detail.

August 2012

UCITS VI Consultation Paper

The European Commission published a consultation paper on 26 July 2012 covering 8 topics for discussion with the aim of keeping the UCITS framework topical & in line with the evolution of the investment markets. This webinar reviews the paper in more detail. It features a summary of the following areas: Product rules, liquidity management, depositary, money market funds, long-term investments, UCITS IV ’tweaking‘.

August 2012

French Financial Transaction Tax. Are You Prepared? Webinar 2

Citi hosted a client webinar providing an update on the French Financial Transaction Tax that came into effect on the 1st August 2012.

The French Financial Transaction Tax is applied on purchases of eligible French Securities regardless of where they are traded, settled and held. As such the introduction of this tax impacts all clients (both buy and sell side) globally trading in eligible French securities. A tax of 0.1% will be applied to acquisitions for consideration of taxable securities, when the transaction generates a transfer of ownership, even if the securities are traded outside of France. Accountable parties are either the Investment Service Provider or broker who has executed the transaction on its behalf or on behalf of its client or the account holder of the investor (e.g. for over-the-counter transactions). The law provides exemptions provisions, but further clarification is to be confirmed notably through the Decree of Application and the Fiscal Instruction.

The webinar covered important changes to the Regulation voted by the French Senate at the end of July and informed clients of their reporting obligations and process for delivering tax declaration reports to Citi.

Featuring:

Fabrice NovelFrance Securities Country Manager, Citi Transaction Services

Americas, EMEA and Asia,
Thursday 23rd August, 2012

FATCA Training Sessions

On 18 March 2010 President Obama signed into law the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment ("HIRE") Act. Included in HIRE are provisions which were introduced in 2009 as the Foreign Accounts Tax Compliance Act ("FATCA").

Increase your understanding of FATCA proposed regulations:

  1. Introduce a new 30% withholding tax on certain US source payments, including gross proceeds from the sale of US securities, made to foreign financial institutions and non-financial foreign entities, unless certain disclosures respecting US owners are made or an exemption applies.
  2. Understand the application of the four keystones to FATCA and the immediate challenges of data gathering:
    • Classification
    • Due Diligence
    • Withholding
    • Reporting

This webinar is most relevant to managers on FATCA projects, tax operations, compliance, anti-money laundering and IT. It also benefits investor and intermediary client segments including funds, insurance, broker dealers, private banks, ICSDs and CSDs.

Featuring:

Nicole TanguyDirector and Tax Counsel, Citi

Wednesday July 25, 2012
and Friday July 27, 2012

Online Academy Webinar: Dodd-Frank Remittance Rules

What are the implications of the Dodd-Frank Remittance Rules on your business? This webinar will provide you with helpful information on the requirements of the Final Rule amending Regulation E, implementing Dodd-Frank 1073 as published. There are many parties involved in providing cross border remittance services and these rules affect them all differently. We will discuss what section 1073 requirements are, who is subject to those rules and what the broader implications might be for international correspondent banking.

Featuring:

Ruth WandhöferGlobal Head of Regulatory & Market Strategy, Citi Transaction Services

July 10th, 2012

Where Are the Mobile Opportunities? A Global Look at Emerging and Developed Markets

Mobile technology is no longer just the way of the future, it is the way of today. Nowhere is this more true than in emerging markets, where we have seen a steady increase of mobile users in the consumer space over the past few years. This trend is expected to continue and blossom in developed markets as well, spilling over to the corporate banking space. While we have seen successful business models on the consumer side, corporate users will face different challenges to achieve the same adoption.

In this webinar, Citi’s Mobile Payments experts will discuss the opportunities for mobile solution development from around the world. The session will explore the opportunity and case for both the emerging and developed markets as well as describe the differing functionality needs for both opportunities. This webinar looks at the ecosystem holistically and sets the landscape for how various different entities fit in. The speaker also examines the common factors that encourage success in the space as well as imagines the future in terms of functionality, path and value.

Featuring:

Robert SchlaffDirector, Global Mobile Solutions Citi Transaction Services

Alberto JimenezDirector, Global Mobile Solutions Citi Transaction Services

Tuesday June 26, 2012
10:00 a.m. EST / 3:00 p.m. GMT

MiFID II Update

This webcast provides an overview of the proposed changes to the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive, or MiFID – the European Union law, which has harmonised the regulation of investment services in Europe since 2007. The original directive was a landmark law whose primary objectives were to increase competition and consumer protection in investment services in Europe. The full impact these proposed changes would have on the provision of investment services has been the subject of much debate and controversy and needs to be looked at in the context of other regulatory reforms such as the European Market Infrastructure Regulation and the review of the Market Abuse Directive.

June 2012

Boosting Automated Cash Application Performance

Many corporates have significant potential to improve their cash application processes through an efficient, integrated reconciliation solution, thereby gaining more from their SSC setup. The primary tangible benefit of optimized cash application is saving costs. This is achieved by reducing the manual effort for post-processing, and consolidating data automatically from different ERPs and bank accounts. Reducing the time to post funds against outstanding customer invoices frees up customer credit lines and allows for sales to sign more business, supporting their companies’ competitive position.

Please join Citi Transaction Services’ Receivables and Channel Services specialists together with Hanse Orga as they present their exclusive session, “Boosting Automated Cash Application Performance.” The session will cover the following topics:

  • Best practices and tools to automate and improve cash application
  • Optimizing manual post processing
  • Case Study from Honeywell
  • How to put together a business case for cash application

We are also delighted to have Honeywell as co–presenters to discuss some of the reconciliation challenges they had in their operation and their experience with Hanse Orga’s product Autobank® for SAP®.

There will be an opportunity for a Q&A session towards the end of the webinar.

Featuring:

Basak ToprakEMEA Head of Receivables and Channel Services Market Management

Frank GastlManaging Director, Hanse Orga

Wednesday May 23, 2012
10:00 a.m. EST / 3:00 p.m. GMT

French Financial Transaction Tax. Are You Prepared?

The French Tax on Financial Transactions law will come into force from 1 August 2012. A tax of 0.1% will be applied to acquisitions for consideration of taxable securities, when the transaction generates a transfer of ownership, even if the securities are traded outside of France. Accountable parties are either the Investment Service Provider or broker who has executed the transaction on its behalf or on behalf of its client or the account holder of the investor (e.g. for over-the-counter transactions). The law provides exemptions provisions, but further clarification is to be confirmed notably through the Decree of Application and the Fiscal Instruction.

This webinar will provide information on accountable parties, scope, determination of taxable transactions, mandatory tax declaration reporting requirements and payments of tax, as well as the penalty regime.

Featuring:

Fabrice NovelFrance Securities Country Manager, Citi Transaction Services

Americas & Europe Wednesday 23 May 2012
14:00 (London, BST) / 09:00 (New York, EST)

Facilite as suas Decisões de Tesouraria. Acesse sua Conta em Qualquer Lugar, a Qualquer Hora

Temos o prazer de convidá–lo ao seminário online onde compartillharemos com você a nova solução CitiDirect BE Mobile, através da qual você pode autorizar pagamentos diretamente de seu aparelho celular como também consultar transações e saldo de sua conta. Isso facilita suas decisões financeiras em qualquer momento e lugar. É uma excelente ferramenta para se utilizar durante viagens, em uma reunião ou sem acesso a um computador oferecendo uma interface inovadora, conveniente, segura e precísa.

O aplicativo CitiDirect BE Mobile já está disponível em 21 países de América Latina, em 56 países entre Europa, Oriente Médio, áfrica, América do Norte e Ásia. São 300,000 usuários que representam mais de 50,000 clientes.

Reúna-se com os especialistas regionais do Citi para aprender mais sobre CitiDirect BE Mobile, sua funcionalidade e como essa inovacão pode ajudar a simplificar o día–a–día de suas operações bancárias.

Featuring:

Adoniro CestariDiretor de Treasury & Trade Sales, Brasil Citi Transaction Services

Andre SonnenburgDiretor de Canais Eletronicos Corporativos Citi Transaction Services

Fabiana ReisGerente Canais Eletronicos Corporativos Citi Transaction Services

Quarta-feira,
23 de maio de 2012

Kuwait Stock Exchange: New Changes and Implementations

The Kuwait Stock Exchange signed an agreement with NASAQ OMX in October 2009 to implement a revolutionary new platform called X-Stream. This new system has been in implementation for the past 3 years and was officially launched on 13th May 2012.

The new system will facilitate the advancement of the Kuwaiti Market and bring the KSE closer to its goal of creating depth in the market, as well as increasing market efficiency and transparency. Along with the launch of X-Stream, the KSE will be reclassifying market sectors as well as introduce a new index called the Kuwait 15 Index.

Citi hosted a webinar where they discussed the changes that this new system will bring and its impact on the Kuwaiti market.

Please listen to the replay of the webinar or view the presentation material.

Featuring:

Fahad Al SaifSecurities Country Manager and Public Sector Head, Kuwait

Americas & Europe Thursday May 17, 2012
14.00 (London, BST) / 09.00 (New York, EST)

Best Practices for ERP Integration in a Changing Environment

Today’s corporate systems and technologies are evolving more rapidly than ever. Changing regulations further muddy the waters while the pressure to optimize and leverage bank integration solutions for improved efficiencies and cost savings continues to grow. Although challenging, several options for achieving these goals are available.

Join Citi’s experts as they discuss:

  • The latest product enhancements seen in the marketplace
  • New innovative solutions for ERP integration
  • Case studies that demonstrate creative ways to manage the ERP integration challenge

Featuring:

Rene SchuurmanGlobal Product Manager, Connectivity Services

Bobby CarneyGlobal Head of Connectivity and Integration

Wednesday May 16, 2012
10:00 a.m. EST / 3:00 p.m. GMT

The Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Industry in Latin America

The Pharmaceutical and Healthcare industry in Latin America is growing at a rapid pace, with Healthcare sales expected to grow 36% to 2015. The competitive landscape of the industry is changing significantly, with mergers and acquisitions consolidating key local players, imports replacing local Pharma manufacturing, population demographics changing consumer demands patterns, and new regulations affecting market dynamics.

Featuring:

Oscar MazzaConsumer and Healthcare Industry Head, Latin America Region, Citi Transaction Services

Jamie DaviesPharmaceutical and Healthcare Global Head, Business Monitor International

Wednesday May 16, 2012
10:00 a.m. EST / 4:00 p.m. BST

Introduction of Electronic Voting and New Proxy Process in Turkey

Turkey will have an important market change as of 1 July 2012 where the Central Registry Agency (CRA) will provide an electronic environment to the issuer companies and to their shareholders for their general assembly meetings. Furthermore, the CRA is working on enhancing the current proxy process by implementing key changes regarding share blockage, documentation procedures and partial voting.

Citi Turkey co-hosted a webinar with the CRA on the changes and covered topics such as Electronic AGM System, voting barriers and the benefits of the coming system.

Featuring:

Reto FaberEMEA Head of Direct Custody && Clearing, GTS, Citi

Umit YaylaExecutive Vice President, Central Registry Agency

Gunsel TopbasHead of Securities and Fund Services Citi Turkey

Americas & Europe Thursday, 10 May 2012
14.00 (London, BST) / 09.00 (New York, EST)

Electronic Bank Account Management (eBAM) – From a vision to reality

Achieving operational efficiencies and improving controls around the account management process is increasingly becoming a core topic and a requirement of large corporates with Shared Service Centres. Standardisation of the technology, process and security provide the opportunity to remove complexity and cost. This webinar considers the current status and future developments in eBAM, covering the following topics:

  • Current status of eBAM and uptake in the market
  • Comparison of proprietary bank solutions and XML multibank solutions
  • The SWIFT EBAM Central Utility (ECU) update and future for eBAM XML
  • Case studies from Citi clients using eBAM

Special session for clients in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Featuring:

Carlo PalmersCorporate Market Solution Manager, SWIFT

Emma JacksoneBAM and Identity Services EMEA, Citi Transaction Services, Citi

Wednesday April 11, 2012
9:00 a.m. EST

Defining World-Class Cash Management: Part I

In collaboration with Citi’s Treasury Diagnostics program, The NeuGroup’s Global Cash and Banking Group, a collection of 25 Fortune 500 senior treasury practitioners from a variety of industries, conducted a year-long project to identify core treasury and cash management principles designed to guide any treasury department aspiring to become world-class.

The team surveyed industry stakeholders on a wide range of cash management topics. The result is a series of principles, developed by corporate practitioners, across core treasury operations and cash management categories. These will aid companies in defining what a world-class treasury operation looks like and help them determine when they have achieved their goals.

Featuring:

Ron ChakravartiHead, Global Liquidity & Investments Solutions Management

Bryan RichardsonSenior Director – Peer Knowledge Exchange, NeuGroup

Thursday March 29, 2012
11:00 a.m. EST / 4:00 p.m. BST

United States Postal Service Changes Affecting Receivables

The United States Postal Service (USPS) is currently undergoing a review of several changes to their organization which may impact your receivables business. The United States Postal Service (USPS) is currently undergoing a review of several changes to their organization which may impact your receivables business. Citi is diligently monitoring the situation and working to ensure that any impact can be reasonably managed or minimized.

We would like to extend you the opportunity to join Citi and industry specialist Phoenix-Hecht for an informational session regarding the USPS changes and the potential effects to your lockbox processes. During this session Citi’s Ron Tauscher, NA Receivables Market Manager, and industry expert Lex Litton, Senior Vice President at Phoenix Hecht will provide an in-depth discussion regarding the current proposed USPS changes and how Citi has prepared to continue to support our clients in this dynamic environment.

Proposed changes include:

  • Changes to processing and delivery time for first-class mail
  • Closing of several USPS hubs and processing facilities
  • Potential elimination of Saturday mail

Tuesday March 27, 2012
11:00 a.m. EST

Market Guide for Investment Managers

Overview
Market Guide, Citi’s proprietary securities market intelligence web channel, has been expanded to include global funds industry and service related information. This webinar helps Citi clients to understand the market and service intelligence you can access through Citi’s Global Market Information Services team who directly touch Citi's 93 markets – includes a live demo of Market Guide’s key features and functionalities.

Featuring:

Rafal KwsanyEMEA Transfer Agency and Distribution Support Product Manager, Citi Transaction Services, Citi

Nomayo AruedeMarket Guide Product Manager, Citi Transaction Services, Citi

6 March 2012

Top Priorities for Treasury in 2012: Key Treasury Concerns Drive Focus Toward Best-in-Class

With financial markets in turmoil, liquidity and funding risk is shaping treasury priorities. While the economic and financial outlook is more opaque than usual, what is clear is that Treasurers should continue to be vigilant about cash flow, counterparty relationships, funding options, and risk mitigation to help lead their companies through 2012. This is a year to continue making the case for change and improvement, and to be prepared to play offense or defense as the situation evolves.

Please join us for this session as we review top priorities for treasury as identified through Citi’s client advisory work, feedback from colleagues around Citi’s worldwide platform, and Citi’s global research programs.

Featuring:

Ron ChakravartiHead, Global Liquidity & Investments Solutions Management

Declan McGivernHead, Global Treasury Advisory

February 28, 2012
10:00 a.m. New York / 15:00 London / 23:00 Hong Kong

The Risks of Commodity-Related Letter of Credit Transactions

The global demand for commodities – oil, copper, wheat, corn, cotton, etc. – has never been stronger, driven by both developed countries and the emerging markets. The pricing of these commodities is influenced not only by demand but also by natural disasters, domestic and international politics, and various regulations. As the value of world trade in commodities reached historic levels, letters of credit remain an important method for buying and selling such goods.

Please join Citi’s Trade experts as they discuss The Risks of Commodity-Related Letter of Credit Transactions. During this session Citi’s specialists will cover:

  • The most common types of commodities purchased under letters of credit
  • The usage of both commercial and Standby L/Cs
  • Applicable regulations, compliance concerns and DocDex decisions
  • Sample transaction wording

This session should prove valuable to Trade Services professionals and to Risk and Relationship staff dealing with commodity transactions.

Asia Session: Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. HKT
EMEA/Americas Session: Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. EST / 4:00 p.m. GMT

Evolving Payments and Collections Strategies in the C2B and B2B Space

Due to popular demand, Citi is delighted to provide a rare opportunity to revisit one of this conference season’s most attended and talked about presentations. If you were unable to attend this session at the 2011 AFP Conference, please join us as we revisit Evolving Payments and Collections Strategies in the C2B and B2B Space.

The behaviors of consumers and businesses are shifting rapidly to a wide array of electronic payment methods. Corporations should carefully consider the impacts of these evolving trends in consumer and business payment habits and integrate end-to-end solutions. Businesses must be able to support the infrastructure needed to facilitate new types of commerce. Join Citi’s experts as they explore the impact of the challenges and trends in the C2B and B2B space. This session will examine trends, best practices and provide a framework for overall working capital and efficiency optimization. We will discuss the different ways companies can leverage the shifts in the market and the strategies that can be utilized to maximize business benefits.

Featuring:

Alberto CasasHead, North America Receivables Market Management

Perry LeBlancHead, North America Domestic Payments Market Management for Corporates

Tuesday February 7, 2012
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EST

Dematerialization of Turkey's Government Debt instruments

Turkey will be implementing an important market change as of 30 June 2012 where government debt instruments will be dematerialized by the Central Registry Agency (CRA) and will begin to register investor holdings at segregated level. Currently, the Central Bank of Turkey holds government debt instruments at local banks level, without investor segregation.

Prior to this important market development, we are pleased to share with you a webinar session that Citi Turkey hosted in conjunction with the CRA.

Featuring:

Asli GunelExecutive Vice President, Central Registry Agency

Gunsel TopbasHead of Securities and Fund Services, Citi Turkey

Americas & Europe: Thursday January 19, 2012
13.00 p.m. (GMT) / 08.00 a.m. (EST)

Citi Webinar: The Route Back to China (China Market and RQFII Update)

Overview
As part of China’s efforts to further liberalize its capital markets, Chinese policymakers recently made a number of changes to reinvigorate the QFII scheme, aiming to raise its appeal to foreign investors. In this session, Citi experts provide a detailed update on macro-economic trends in China, the latest on the QFII scheme, the newly announced RQFII programme and Citi's perspective on the implications of the new announcements by the authorities and what to expect in 2012.

Featuring:

Dr. Minggao ShenHead of China Research, Citigroup Global Markets Asia Limited

Kevin WongCountry Head, China, Securities and Fund Services, Citi Transaction Services, Citi

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