Standard Chartered partners with RegTech firm Silent Eight

As part of its continued efforts to lead the way in the global fight against financial crime, Standard Chartered has partnered with Silent Eight through its use of RegTech, to deliver cutting edge capabilities to its Financial Crime Compliance (FCC) teams. FCC’s strategy is to continually invest to be at the forefront of the ever-changing financial crime landscape. 

A Singapore based RegTech, Silent Eight specialises in using artificial intelligence to combat financial crime. The winners of the FinTech Abu Dhabi Innovation Challenge and the Monetary Authority of Singapore’s 2017 Fintech Hackcelerator award, Silent Eight recently won the top FinTech/RegTech award in Australia.

FCC is 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.

Each risk event will be reviewed by the machine 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. 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 case,s the Screening Optimisation engine will aim to replicate analyst actions during assessment. Faster decision making through the results provided for analysts will significantly reduce 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, says, “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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