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Emerging markets webinar: can you mitigate KYC risk?

David Doughty

15 Sep 2017

Photographer: Bazuki Muhammad

Emerging market opportunities bring with them a new level of KYC risk. Our webinar on Tuesday, 19 September will help financial institutions better understand the due diligence challenges.

Businesses are expanding their reach and exploring opportunities in new territories like never before. That’s not surprising, when you consider that 70% of world growth is expected to come from emerging markets by 2025.

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Populations are rising and the ratio of those working to retirement means a growing customer base, especially for high-tech products and services.

In China, the bond market is predicted to double in size from the current US$9 trillion over the next five years. That will make it bigger than Japan’s and second only to the United States.

Onboarding challenge

But all these opportunities come with a new level of risk and fresh set of challenges.

Language barriers, depth and breadth of information and operational efficiency can make it harder to onboard counterparties.

Emerging market challenges and opportunities – join the webinar on 19 September

And without conducting enhanced due diligence (EDD), your reputation and revenue could be at risk should you, unknowingly (or knowingly) conduct business with individuals or entities engaged in criminal activities.

Corporate governance expert and business mentor David Doughty will host a Thomson Reuters webinar on 19 September where he will share insight into KYC risk mitigation within emerging markets.

David, who was recently named in our top 30 #TRRisk list of UK risk, compliance and regtech influencers, will be joined by:

Gill Lawlor, Guidance and Quality EDD team lead at Barclays

James Swenson, Global Head of Proposition for Risk Managed Services

Pete Sweeney, Asia Editor Reuters Breakingviews

Ahead of the webinar, we asked David for more of his thoughts on KYC risk in emerging markets.

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What parts of the KYC compliance program should be a priority?

I would prioritize reliable data, i.e. ‘golden sources’ of accurate verified data.

Screening utilities can also reduce the KYC compliance burden without negatively impacting the client onboarding experience.

I think the automation of due diligence processes to reduce the burden of manual processing and duplication without compromising on compliance or risk are also key.

How does EDD reporting provide depth for better understanding customers?

The greatest risks in KYC and AML compliance come from high-risk or high-net worth customers and large transactions.

That’s why it’s appropriate to use EDD for those customers and transactions to provide greater detail and depth than would be the case with customer due diligence (CDD).

Regulators also require a higher degree of evidence that EDD has been undertaken and the collection of more detailed information, all of which has to be documented in detail.

In order to provide the required assurance, both internally and externally, EDD is likely to prove much more of a burden on the organization in terms of cost, time and effort.

This is particularly true in emerging markets where the costs of undertaking due diligence to the necessary level of detail is likely to be significantly greater than in advanced markets.

It is therefore vital to ensure that the segmentation of new and existing clients into CDD and EDD compliance regimes is robust and reliable.

The segmentation also needs to be regularly monitored to ensure that changes in customer profiles adequately reflect the level of risk assigned to the customer.

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When identifying an EDD vendor, what criteria are most important?

Reputation is probably the most important criteria because you are outsourcing an important element of your compliance risk management to a third party.

How reliable are their processes and procedures in ensuring the accuracy of the identity information that they obtain on your behalf?

Are you seeking a global solution or are you adopting a country by country model? The answer determines the importance of a global footprint in making your decision.

A lot will also depend on the likely number of customers requiring EDD and future growth in those numbers when assessing the capability and capacity of the third party vendor.

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