Lehman Bankruptcy Trustee Sued Citibank for $1.3 Billion

The Trustee charged with liquidating and winding down the largest bankruptcy in U.S. history – Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. – recently sued Citibank for $1.3 billion for the bankrupt company’s creditors.

Trustee James W. Giddens filed the suit in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan alleging Citibank and several affiliates are refusing to return a $1 billion deposit Lehman Brothers Inc. made after its holding company, Lehman Brother Holdings Inc., filed for bankruptcy. According to the complaint, the deposit was made to ensure that Citibank would continue to provide foreign-exchange settlement services to the unit. In addition to the $1 billion deposit, the Trustee is also seeking to recover $300 million of deposits that Citibank froze at the time.

While the Lehman bankruptcy Trustee is actively pursuing claims, Lehman Principal Protected Note (PPN) holders are not in a good place in the bankruptcy. As unsecured creditors they are towards the end of the line. Secured creditors get paid out first from what is left of Lehman’s assets, and then the bankruptcy Trustee will be able to pay unsecured creditors if and only if anything is left.

If you lost money in Lehman Principal Protected Note or other Lehman structured products that were recommended to you by a brokerage firm and/or other financial institutions, please contact us for a free consultation. Blum Law Group continues to file cases against broker-dealers, including UBS, for the unsuitable recommendation of complex Lehman PPNs and for failing to fully disclose the risks associated with these products when recommending it to investors.