Standard Chartered teams up with Silent Eight to fight financial crime.

Standard Chartered has teamed up with Silent Eight to heighten its ability to combat financial crime. To kickstart these new capabilities they will be using Regtech supplied by Silent Eight.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with RegTech, it is short for regulatory technology helping firms comply with the regulation.  Silent Eight is a Singapore based RegTech who have made a name for themselves as the winners of the FinTech Abu Dhabi Innovation Challenge, the Monetary Authority of Singapore’s 2017 Fintech Hackcelerator award and recently won the top FinTech/RegTech award in Australia.

How does it work?

The Financial Crime Compliance (FCC) teams are working with Silent Eight on Screening Optimisation, an initiative that aims to apply machine learning and natural language processing techniques to improve the name screening process where customer and related party names are matched against various watch lists using fuzzy logic. By analysing historical case decisions, the Silent Eight powered optimisation engine will “learn” to replicate the assessment in the same way that a human analyst would proposing a response to the case.

The machine will review each risk event using both private and public domain data, to provide true or false match recommendations. These recommendations will be supported by a written narrative explaining in plain English the decisions or recommendation. One of the amazing things about this is that the machine will continually learn over time, constantly updating its algorithms to further improve the quality of its recommendations.

By automating the research and enriching the cases the Screening Optimisation engine will aim to replicate analyst actions during the assessment. The results provided should help the analyst reach a decision much faster thus significantly reducing the time it takes for an analyst to review cases. The tool should also help to further improve case quality through a consistent and comprehensive review of all the attributes factored into each decision.

Markus Schulz, Global Head FCC Controls, said: “I am very pleased with this investment which is contributing significantly to the Bank’s innovation agenda. We see this as an exciting opportunity to empower our teams to make more effective and efficient decisions, complementing the core monitoring and screening platforms that we have already established.”


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