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Saifr Acquisition of Giant Oak Solution Adds Adverse Media Screening and Monitoring

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Saifr, a Fidelity Investments company, plans to extend its RegTech capabilities with the acquisition of GOST, an AI platform developed by Giant Oak to deliver adverse media screening and monitoring. The addition is expected to provide financial institutions with broader functionality across regulatory intelligence, due diligence, risk management analytics and continuous monitoring, and help them navigate industry risk.

Saifr was established in 2020 as a RegTech incubated by Fidelity Labs and uses AI to simplify the complex regulatory landscape for compliance teams in the financial services sector. Its AI models streamline content creation, approval and filing processes while simultaneously mitigating regulatory, reputational, and brand risks.

Giant Oak was created in 2013 to combine behavioral social science and computer science methodologies to build big data tools to combat criminal activities. Its GOST solution offers risk detection and mitigation and will complement Saifr’s regulatory solutions with screening technology using publicly available information.

Gary Shiffman, CEO and co-founder of Giant Oak, says: “Together, the capabilities of Saifr and Giant Oak will accelerate the development of innovative solutions for financial institutions as they navigate compliance and regulatory requirements amid rising industry risks.”

Vall Hèrard, CEO of Saifr, adds: “This acquisition positions Saifr to address the changing needs of financial services firms and make it easier for them to spend more time doing what matters most for their business.”

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