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KYC

Understanding complex company structures – solving the puzzle


When it comes to customer due diligence (CDD) - what challenges do AML professionals in financial institutions face?....More

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Why is it important to know your customer?


Do you ever truly know your customer? And, if you don't does it really matter?

What is a KYC analyst?


What exactly is required of a KYC analyst? What are the specific duties and responsibilities that make up this key compliance function?....More

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Why KYC is like building a house


Whilst the CDD process can be considered as a process with inputs and outputs I would like to put forward another way to think about this subject area. As my students know, I love a good analogy and the parallels I would like to draw with CDD is the building of a house.

The importance of knowing your customer


Through the advent period, International Compliance Association will be publishing an insight on each Advent Sunday to focus on the topic of KYC – Know Your Customer. You have a copy of their passport, you have verified where they live and have checked their birthday against their driving licence (questionable photo and all), but do you really know your customer?....More

Regulatory framework for distributed ledger technology planned in Gibraltar


Distributed ledger technology (DLT) – of which blockchain is one particular type – is a decentralised database. This means that instead of records being held by one trusted entity that is the true source of the information (which is how many databases operate at the moment in the form of a ‘centralised ledger’), a group of peers maintain a shared database. Therefore, the consensus of the group is the record: there is no single trusted source.

Understanding complex company structures – solving the puzzle


Verifying the identity of a customer can be as gloriously simple as meeting a customer face-to-face and taking a copy of their original passport and a utility bill. On the other side of the client due diligence (CDD) spectrum is trying to unravel a complex corporate structure and understanding the identity of the ultimate beneficial owner.....More

Do you really know your customer?


Do you know your customer? Do you? Really? If someone asked you to “sum up the financial crime risks posed by the relationship”, would you be able to do it?

Threat of “KYCC” highlights need for joined-up approach to financial inclusion and financial integrity


“There is a risk of setting a ‘know your customer’s customer’ standard for the whole global system,” Anders Borg, former Swedish Finance Minister, has warned.....More

MTOs in the Pacific rising to the de-risking challenge


Remittance streams from family members living overseas form an essential source of money for many people living in the Pacific region, and a significant proportion of the GDP of many Pacific islands. However, recently these flows of money have come under threat as many global banks have ceased providing banking services for money transfer operators (MTOs) in the region, due to heightened sensitivity to AML and CFT requirements.

Have you had an accident? The rise of claims management companies in the UK


We have all been on the receiving end of claims management companies (CMCs) offering to help you claim for an accident at work or car accident which wasn’t your fault. In fact if you watch daytime TV or listen to local radio, you will find that every second advert is one of those firms, usually endorsed by a well known celebrity to promote confidence in their services.....More

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