CITIC Securities

CITIC Securities Co., Ltd. is a Chinese full-service investment bank.[1] It offers services in underwriting, research, brokerage, asset management, wealth management, and investment advisory. CITIC Securities was established in 1995 and it is headquartered in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province.

CITIC Securities Company Limited
IndustryFinancial services
Founded1995; 27 years ago (1995)
HeadquartersCITIC Securities Tower, ,
Area served
  • Investment banking
  • Securities brokerage
OwnerCITIC Group (15.59%)
Number of employees
15,842 (2018) Edit this on Wikidata


On January 6, 2003, CITIC Securities (SSE: 600030) was listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE). On October 6, 2011, CITIC Securities (SEHK6030) was listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEX).


In 2011, CITIC Securities was awarded the "Best Equity House in China" and "Best Broker in China" by FinanceAsia; "China Equity House" by the IFR Asia; "Most Innovative Investment Bank from Asia" by The Banker. The research team have been awarded “Best Local Research Team” by New Fortune in six consecutive years.


In July 2012, CITIC Securities agreed to acquire Crédit Agricole's Asia brokerage and research unit CLSA for $1.25 billion which 19.9 percent stake or $310.3 million will be bought in the first step and the remaining 80.1 percent stake or $941.7 million will be bought later.[2]

In August 2015, CITIC Securities was reported to be in advanced talks with London Stock Exchange Group Plc to buy Russell Investments, an asset management firm based in the US. However the discussions was suspended due to a series of investigations into top CITIC Securities executives by Chinese authorities.[3] In October London Stock Exchange announced the sale of Russell Investments to TA Associates, a Boston private equity firm for US$1.15 billion, much lower than US$1.8 billion offered by CITIC Securities.[4]

Legal investigationEdit

On August 25, 2015 the Chinese news media announced that several executives within CITIC Securities were under investigation for possible wrongdoing.[5]

In September 15, the CEO of CITIC Securities was suspected by Chinese police of leaking and trading on unspecified inside information.[6]

In December 2015, the head of CITIC Securities investment banking division and the head of overseas investment banking business were reported to be detained by authorities to assist investigation on potential insider trading and information leakage.[7]

CITIC CEFC bond defaultEdit

In November 2016, CITIC CLSA acted as the sole bookrunner for CEFC Shanghai's $250 USD bond issuance. CITIC CLSA hid from the market that the bond deal was only 60% subscribed at pricing. It manipulated the bond price in the secondary market in an effort to offload the 100mm USD bond CITIC CLSA held on its balance sheet. [8]

In May 2018, CITIC Group announced they would repay ca 450 million euros owed by CEFC Europe to finance and banking group J&T within days but since the debt was not paid a week later, J&T announced it had taken over shareholder rights and installed crisis management at CEFC Europe.[9] [10] Several days later, CEFC Shanghai defaulted on $327 million in bond payments, and offered to make the payments six months after the maturity date. [11]

In October 2020, some retail CEFC bondholders in Hong Kong filed a complaint to the Securities and Futures Commission in Hong Kong against the bond's sole underwriter CITIC CLSA.[12]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "The best international investment banks to work for in China". efinancialcareers. November 2, 2015.
  2. ^ "Citic Securities to Buy Credit Agricole's CLSA for $1.25 Billion". Bloomberg. July 20, 2012.
  3. ^ johndetrixhe, Cathy Kit Ching Chan chan_cat Aaron Kirchfeld ak_mna John Detrixhe. "LSE's Sale of Russell Investments to Citic May Collapse". Retrieved 2016-02-06.
  4. ^ Panchal, Tapan. "LSE to Sell Russell Investments for $1.15 Billion". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2016-02-06.
  5. ^ "Steep Swings for Chinese Shares as Global Markets Turn Mixed". New York Times. August 26, 2015. Retrieved August 26, 2015.
  6. ^ Areddy, James T. "China Investigates Citic Securities President for Insider Trading". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2016-02-06.
  7. ^ "Citic Securities says unable to contact two senior executives". Reuters. 2015-12-06. Retrieved 2016-02-06.
  8. ^ "UPDATE 1- CEFC Energy Retail Bondholders File SFC Complaint against Bond Bookrunner CLSA". Debtwire. 2020-12-30.
  9. ^ "UPDATE 1-China's CITIC to pay CEFC Europe's 450 MLN euro debt - CEFC official". Reuters. 2018-05-09.
  10. ^ "UPDATE 2-J&T Private Investments says takes over shareholder rights in CEFC Europe". Reuters. 2018-05-17.
  11. ^ "UPDATE 1-CEFC Shanghai International defaults on $327 MLN in bond payments". Reuters. 2018-05-21.
  12. ^ "UPDATE 1- CEFC Energy Retail Bondholders File SFC Complaint against Bond Bookrunner CLSA". Debtwire. 2020-12-30.

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