Updated API allows regulated institutions to verify identity, screen customers and gauge risk scores in real-time during customer due diligence phase


Ottawa, Canada, August 23, 2017 – Alessa, the developer of enterprise solutions for financial crime, compliance and audit professionals, is pleased to announce that the newest release of its AML Compliance solution now includes an updated API that allows existing onboarding systems to screen new customers in real-time during the customer due diligence (CDD) phase.


According to the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), an intergovernmental organization with a mandate to develop policies to combat money laundering, financial institutions should be taking various CDD actions, including “conducting ongoing due diligence on the business relationship and scrutiny of transactions undertaken throughout the course of that relationship to ensure that the transactions being conducted are consistent with the institution’s knowledge of the customer, their business and risk profile, including, where necessary, the source of funds”.


The updated API from Alessa’s AML Compliance solution is capable of performing functions like verifying the identification of customers, screening them against sanctions and watch lists, segmenting customers into categories and providing a customer risk score. All of the information provided by the API into a customer’s risk ratings will help financial institutions make informed decisions about who they have business relationships with and whether they should allow transactions to proceed. In addition, it will also reduce the costs stemming from post-customer acquisition investigations.


According to Andrew Simpson, Chief Operating Officer at Alessa, “real-time screening during the onboarding phase will allow financial institutions to apply simplified or reduced CDD measures to business relationships where the risk of money laundering or terrorist financing is lower. This will lead to better customer relationships, reduced risks and lower investigation and compliance costs.”


Alessa’s AML Compliance solution is a scalable compliance and fraud detection platform for customer due diligence, transaction monitoring, sanctions screening and regulatory reporting capabilities. The solution integrates with existing core systems, and is configurable as an end-to-end enterprise solution for complete AML risk management or as a modular solution to meet specific customer needs.


In addition to the updated API for real-time screening during the CDD phase, the latest release of Alessa’s AML Compliance also includes more advanced analytics; enterprise search capability, including dual-purpose goods lists, for more thorough investigations; and workflow decision learning to reduce tedious compliance tasks.


To learn how our AML Compliance solution can help your organization fulfill its AML compliance requirements, contact us today.

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