Banking Crisis

Abu Dhabi Sovereign Fund Clashes With Citi Over Stock Holding

Tom Burroughes Editor London 16 December 2009

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The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, one of the world’s largest sovereign wealth funds, seeks to end an agreement to buy Citigroup’s stock for more than 8 times its current price, or to receive more than $4 billion in damages if the deal is upheld.

ADIA filed a claim alleging “fraudulent misrepresentations” tied to its agreement to buy $7.5 billion of common stock, Citigroup said.

"The arbitration claim alleges fraudulent misrepresentations in connection with the sale and seeks rescission of the investment agreement or damages in excess of $4 billion. Citi believes the allegations are entirely without merit and intends to defend against them vigorously," the bank said in a statement.

The New York-based bank announced this week that it would sell common shares to help repay $20 billion in bailout funds to the US government. A number of other US banks, such as Wells Fargo, have moved to raise capital in order to repay money under the US Troubled Asset Relief Program.

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