Darren Buckley might get the hatchet at Citigroup Japan

The head of Citibank Japan Ltd., Darren Buckley, may step down from the post as soon as this month as regulators prepare to punish the bank for the third time since 2004, said two people with knowledge of the situation.

Citigroup Inc. is searching for a Japanese national to become the chief executive officer at its local banking unit for the first time to ensure the person is familiar with local rules and the nation’s retail market, the people said on condition of anonymity because no decision has been made.Buckley, 45, is likely to step aside after the Financial Services Agency penalizes the bank for failing to fully explain product risk to retail customers, the people said. He will stay at Citigroup after stepping down, according to one of the people. An interim replacement would then guide the firm while Citigroup talks with FSA officials to form a shortlist of candidates for the permanent role as soon as January, the people said.

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Citigroup Being Investigated in Japan by Financial Regulators

Citigroup is being investigated by Japanese regulators for possible infractions related to its marketing of financial products and could face its third major punishment in Japan in 7 years, a source with knowledge of the matter said.

Japan’s Financial Services Agency (FSA) is probing whether Citigroup failed to offer sufficient explanations to customers about investment trusts, which are similar to mutual funds in the U.S., and other financial products, the source said.

The regulator is also looking at whether controls against money laundering were sufficient, following punitive action in recent years for lax oversight in that area, the source said.

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