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China Merchants Bank Selects Appway for Onboarding and KYC Compliance Checks

China Merchants Bank – Singapore branch (CMB SG) has selected Appway to provide client lifecycle management solutions and domain expertise to accelerate the branch’s compliance agility and efficiencies. Appway’s Singapore office will lead the implementation of its Onboarding for Wealth and KYC Review solutions, as well as its Digital Binder product for front to back…

With First CFTC Limits Deadline Past, FundApps Urges Firms to Plan for Next Wave

Practitioners reported general readiness for the introduction last week of new CFTC rules around position limits, a decade after the regulator first floated its plans for changing them. Regulated firms are now being urged to prepare for further changes scheduled for next year, which will introduce new exchange rules and federal limits on derivatives contracts…

IPSX Creates Integrated Technology Framework Ahead of First Admission

UK-based IPSX, which describes itself as the world’s first regulated stock exchange dedicated to real estate assets, has pulled together an integrated technology environment and a set of standardised data workflows ahead of its first ‘Intention to Float’ (ITF) on its IPSX Wholesale market, scheduled for next month. IPSX has been working with a plethora…

Encompass Secures New Funding from Beacon

London-based Know Your Customer (KYC) automation software provider Encompass Corp. has secured new investment from Beacon Equity Partners, a Boston-based private equity firm that focuses on companies in the regulatory and compliance space, as part of a broader capital round that included existing investors. Joe Bradley will join Encompass’s Advisory Council, to sit alongside existing members Stephen Allen,…

The Lexicon is Dead – Time to Reboot

By Matt Storey, Chief Product Officer, SteelEye. For years now, surveillance of regulated employees at financial services firms has relied on the lexicon, a piece of technology that scans staff for specific words or sequences of words that could be associated with an act of market abuse or misconduct. For example, a firm might have…

What Can We Expect from European Trading Post-Brexit?

By Sylvain Thieullent, CEO, Horizon Software. The abrupt finalisation of the Brexit agreement meant UK-based firms suddenly had to trade stocks in the EU, and vice versa. Almost overnight, firms had to move all operations to the EU or they simply couldn’t trade. It’s not easy to move operations from one country to another, let alone in…

Quantexa Addresses AML with Contextual Decision Intelligence

London-based data and analytics company Quantexa is addressing the challenge of Anti-Money Laundering (AML) monitoring and investigation with the use of contextual decision intelligence (CDI), a means of enriching internal data with external data and building networks of relationships to create a contextual view of a customer. This approach is aimed at generating meaningful alerts…

Basel III Reforms: ‘Heads in the Cloud’ Time for Financial Institutions

By Alexander Dorfmann, Senior Product Manager, SIX. Cast your mind back to around this time 14 years ago, when a certain investment bank’s share price nose-dived amid major concerns that its short-term liabilities were far greater than its liquid assets. That bank was Lehman Brothers, of course, and its downfall was underpinned by a fundamental…

Low-Code Specialist Genesis Raises $45 Million from Accel and Others

In another indication of the industry’s appetite for low-code application development techniques, Genesis, a pioneer in the space, has raised $45 million in a Series B funding round led by venture capital firm Accel, and supported by GV, Salesforce Ventures and existing investors Citi, Illuminate Financial and Tribeca Early Stage Partners. Genesis provides a low-code…

Northern Trust and Two Sigma Partner to Provide Quantitative Analytics to Asset Allocators

Northern Trust and Two Sigma have entered into a strategic agreement to offer quantitative analytics through Venn, Two Sigma’s cloud-based investment analytics platform, to Northern Trust’s clients. The partnership provides asset allocators with enhanced portfolio insights and analytics, and aims to allow them to make better investment decisions. Under the agreement, Northern Trust will offer…