Interest Persists in Citi's Regional Operations

The business group chaired by the Panamanian Stanley Motta may be interested in acquiring units of Citi's consumer banking operations in Panama and Costa Rica.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

It is not yet been revealed which of Citibank' consumer banking companies in Panama and Costa Rica they may be interested in acquiring. However, potential stakeholders include the General Bank of Panama and Grupo ASSA, which in addition to being insurers, also runs La Hipotecaria.

The businessman, Stanley Motta told that "... We're looking at the assets that Citibank has in Panama and Costa Rica, mainly. They are evaluating what they will do with the different assets. I'm not very close to the process. I know that we were interested and we are still interested, that's all I can say. "

"... International media such as Bloomberg pointed out that negotiations are conducted under a confidentiality agreement between Citi and the interested parties."

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