Tuesday & Wednesday, December 15th & 16th, 2020 - Digital Forum


Jay Collins
Managing Director, Vice Chairman Corporate & Investment Banking

Jay Collins, Vice Chairman of Banking, Capital Markets and Advisory, is Citi’s senior banker for governments. He has covered clients around the world in every sector and run transactions across the full product spectrum of Citi. Jay has advised governments and corporations on large scale financings and M&A on every continent.
Over the course of his career, Jay has advised 54 different governments on privatizations, liability management and funding solutions, infrastructure finance, Market’s solutions, structured products and derivatives, and electronic banking services, including a wide range of digital solutions. He has been a Senior Credit Officer of the Firm since 2006.
Jay was Global Head of Citi’s Public Sector Group from 2005-2011 where he had day to day management responsibility for Citi’s business with central banks, finance ministries, pensions, sovereign wealth funds, cities and other government, quasi-government and supranational entities. From 2006-2007, Jay was also Global Head of Infrastructure for Citi.
From 2001- 2005, Jay was Head of Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (CEEMEA) for Global Banking at Citi. His London based responsibilities included managing the coverage effort for Investment Banking, Emerging Markets Corporate Banking, and Global Relationship Banking in the region. He also had responsibility for Islamic Finance.
Prior to his CEEMEA position, Jay was Deputy Head and the senior foreigner in Nikko Citigroup's Investment Banking Division in Tokyo, Japan. He has also served as Chief Operating Officer for the Latin America Region. In addition to his deal responsibilities, Jay managed Salomon Brother's joint ventures in Brazil, Chile and Argentina.

Public Marquee Transactions Include:

$20 Billion Debt Restructuring of Iraq
$27 Billion of NTT Privatizations
$12 Billion Exchange Offer for Argentina
$8 Billion VTB IPO
$13 Billion creation of Mittal Steel
$12.3 Billion in Turkish Privatizations
$15 Billion of Jamaica Debt Exchanges
$18 Billion KSA Syndicated Loan
$1.4 Billion Catastrophic Bond (Largest Ever) for Pacific Alliance (Colombia, Peru, Chile, Mexico)
$1.5 Billion Sale of 14 Greek Regional Airports
$5 Billion of Repurchase Agreements with Central Bank of Egypt


  • Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University
  • Executive Committee, Board of Trustees,  the Center for the Study of the Presidency
  • Board of Trustees, U.S. Philippines Society
  • Board of Trustees, The China Institute
  • Advisory Board, Tent Foundation
  • Advisory Board, MSFS, Georgetown
  • The Council on Foreign Relations
  • Former Senior Advisor, Baker-Hamilton Commission on Iraq
  • Former Chairman, US-Pakistan Business Council
  • Former Senior Advisor, Center for Strategic and International Studies
  • Former Advisor, Securities and Commodities Authority, UAE

Past Experience

  • Management: Jay has served on Citi management committees including: compensation, human resources, investment banking management, fairness opinions, innovation, business selection, acquisition integration and corporate banking management. Jay has chaired the Firm’s Emerging Markets’ Investment Banking, EMEA Diversity and Privatization Committees.
  • Before joining Citi in 1997, Jay worked for Merrill Lynch in the “NY1”, US large-cap Investment Banking team and subsequently in Merrill’s Direct Investment Group.
  • Prior to moving to NY in 1993, Jay worked in Washington D.C., where he ran Government Relations for CSIS, the largest international think tank in the U.S., and later served as President of the G7 Council, a non-profit shadow G7 group of former Finance Ministers, Central Bank Governors and economists.

Education / Awards

  • Jay has a Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University where he graduated with Honors in International Business in 1989. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Colorado College. He also studied at Waseda University.
  • He has appeared in national and international news, and has written and spoken extensively on a myriad of international economic, financial and political topics. Recent subjects include: Combatting Illicit Financial Flows; Cyber-Security Public Private Partnerships; Technology and Financial Inclusion; Tech for Integrity; Unlocking the Infrastructure Logjam; Funding the Sustainable Development Goals; Natural Disaster Solutions; Reserve Management Policy.  
  • Jay is the USIP and C5’s winner of the “Shield in the Cloud” Award and recipient of the Admiral Thomas Moorer Leadership Award.
Jay speaks Japanese, Spanish and Portuguese.