| LONDON, March 24
LONDON, March 24 Citi, the world's
second-largest foreign exchange trader, is restructuring its FX
trading desk, appointing a global head of trading and bringing
its electronic and voice trading businesses closer together,
according to an internal memo seen by Reuters.
London-based Richard Bibbey will assume a newly created
position as global head of spot FX trading in addition to his
current responsibilities as head of electronic FX trading.
The overhaul also brings the bank's FX and interest rates
trading businesses closer together. Itay Tuchman, head of FX in
Japan, will also oversee the STIRT operation in Sydney and the
G10 spot currency trading business in Singapore.
Michael Plavnik, currently head of short-term interest rate
trading in London, will head the bank's global STIRT business.
Like many of its peers, Citi's foreign exchange business has
been under close scrutiny in recent months. A global
investigation of alleged market manipulation and collusion
between traders has mushroomed. Up to 25 traders at major banks
around the world have been put on leave, suspended or fired.
In January, Citi put Canadian dollar trader Andrew Amantia
in New York and sterling trader Anthony John in London on leave.
The bank also fired its London-based head of European spot
trading, Rohan Ramchandani.
Last month, the bank said the global head of its FX
business, Anil Prasad, was leaving, although his departure was
"entirely unrelated to the on-going FX investigations," said one
source familiar with the matter.
Citi is the world's second-biggest FX firm, according to
Euromoney magazine's last poll, seeing almost 15 percent of the
$5.3 trillion flow that goes across the world's largest market
on an average day.
(Reporting by Jamie McGeever; Editing by Larry King)