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GRI Calls for Strengthened Sustainability Reporting

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), the provider of some of the most widely used sustainability reporting standards around the world, has called for strengthened financial reporting that complements sustainability reporting and takes account of the financial risks and opportunities related to a company’s sustainability impacts – with mandatory disclosure to ensure transparency on corporate contributions to global challenges.

The proposals are included in GRI’s response to the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) Foundation consultation on its potential role in sustainability reporting standards.

Global Financial Institution Fines for AML, Data Privacy and MiFID Rise 26%

CLM specialist Fenergo has released its annual findings on global financial institution fines which show that for the year to date, penalties have totalled $10.4 billion for non-compliance with AML, KYC, data privacy and MiFID regulations. The total volume of fines levied to financial institutions for these breaches was 198, a year-on-year increase of 141%. The average value of enforcement actions against financial institutions for AML related compliance breaches is 44% lower than in 2019.

UK’s RegulAItion Wins Singapore FinTech Accelerator

UK-based data platform company RegulAItion has won the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) 2020 Global Fintech Hackcelerator, competing against over 270 submissions from across more than 40 countries. To secure the win, RegulAItion successfully demonstrated how its ground-breaking AIR platform can enable the financial sector to respond to two of its most pressing global challenges today – COVID-19 and climate change. The AIR platform blends privacy enhancing techniques, blockchain and AI in order to transform the way in which regulated organisations across the globe share data.

“We are absolutely honoured to have won this prestigious award. The MAS Global Fintech accelerator is the Oscars of financial services” commented RegulAItion CEO, Sally Sfeir-Tait.

Know Your Customer Partners with Refinitiv on AML/KYC Solution

RegTech provider Know Your Customer has confirmed a new partnership with Refinitiv, to integrate Refinitiv’s World-Check risk intelligence data into its own client onboarding solutions. The partnership will enable clients to leverage both Refinitiv’s and Know Your Customer’s solutions through one integrated interface. Compliance professionals will now be able to access Refinitiv’s world-leading financial crime information in World-Check from within the Know Your Customer platform.

“We are delighted to announce this strategic partnership with Refinitiv, which further strengthens our unique offering based on live connections to company registries,” says Claus Christensen, CEO & Co-Founder of Know Your Customer.

Kyckr Launches Company Watch

San Francisco-based RegTech firm Kyckr this week launched the international rollout of its new SaaS technology platform, Company Watch, which gives clients notification of material changes at a frequency that suits them, enabling them to move from periodic to perpetual, event-driven KYC and remove unnecessary customer interaction.

The launch expands the firm’s KYC solutions suite from point in time, manual, one off authentication of customers to real time, automated, ongoing monitoring. Late-stage commercial discussions with several major financial institutions in Europe are currently underway and follow on from the on-boarding of Kyckr’s first client, a European Tier 1 bank.

Kompany Joins TruNarrative App Store

RegTech platform TruNarrative has partnered with business verification & KYC specialist kompany to add the Austrian RegTech’s digital onboarding solutions to the TruNarrative App Store.TruNarrative’s partnership with the kompany data network means its customers can now access entity information directly from the primary source, reducing manual KYB processes and enabling a low friction digital onboarding journey for new clients.

Compliance.ai Closes $3m Funding Round

Regtech firm Compliance.ai has raised raised $3 million in a Series A funding round led by Cota Capital, an existing investor in the company. The funding round brings Compliance.ai’s total funding to $10 million.

FCA: One Month to Go till LIBOR Ends

ACA Compliance Group Launches ComplianceAlpha 2.5

ACA Compliance Group (ACA) today announces the launch of ComplianceAlpha 2.5, providing firms with customizable dashboards, automated reports, and the integration of ACA’s Decryptex® trade surveillance and market abuse detection functionality.

Carlo Di Florio, Global Chief Services Officer, ACA Compliance Group, says: “Regulators worldwide are focused on how firms are managing risk and detecting potential misconduct in the extended work from home environment. ComplianceAlpha provides firms with the enhanced holistic surveillance capabilities needed to effectively manage today’s evolving and inter-connected risks and challenges.”

DMA Enhances Compliance Control with SteelEye

SteelEye, the compliance technology and data analytics firm, has been selected by South African brokerage SCM DMA, to help the firm improve its MiFID II transaction reporting.

Regulated by the Financial Sector Conduct Authority in South Africa, DMA provides multi-asset execution, prime brokerage, trading technology and portfolio management solutions to institutional clients and their end customers.
 
“We selected SteelEye because we wanted to facilitate MiFIR reporting solutions for certain institutional clients using DMA services. When noting the offering also included Trade Surveillance and Best Execution, we decided to extend the services with SteelEye in order to take full control of our compliance processes, some of which we had partially outsourced,” explains Peter Johnson, Director (Legal & Compliance) at DMA. “With SteelEye, we can meet multiple regulatory requirements within one platform, utilising the same data set, and get enhanced insight into our operations.”