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Ex-Citi CEO Pandit in tie-up with India's JM Financial

Citigroup's CEO Vikram Pandit gives an interview on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange June 18, 2012. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
Citigroup's CEO Vikram Pandit gives an interview on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange June 18, 2012. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

MUMBAI (Reuters) - Former Citigroup Chief Executive Vikram Pandit is buying a stake in Indian financial services company JM Financial Ltd , JM Financial said in a statement on Thursday.

Pandit, who resigned from Citi last October, will also become non-executive chairman of JM Financial's banking arm if it succeeds in getting a banking license, the company said.

India is in the process of issuing new bank licenses for the first time since 2004, and numerous companies are expected to apply. Pandit will have the right to buy shares in the proposed bank.

JM Financial said it would expand its lending and financing businesses by issuing $100 million in capital to funds raised and managed by a firm led by Pandit.

JM Financial, one of India's largest domestic financial firms, also said it would set up a fund jointly with Pandit's firm to buy distressed assets. The fund is targeting an initial capitalization of $100 million.

Pandit said he had known JM Financial for more than two decades. "Given the opportunity, JM Financial can provide the banking and financial services that the country needs," he said in JM Financial's statement.

Pandit and his business partner, Hari Aiyer, will buy a 3 percent equity stake in the financial services company through an issue of warrants, the Indian company said. JM Financial has a market capitalization of $279 million.

Morgan Stanley and Azim Premji, the chairman of Indian IT services exporter Wipro Ltd , each owned roughly 3 percent of JM Financial as of the end of March.

(Reporting by Aditi Shah. Editing by Jane Merriman)

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