Ciaran P. Doyle

Why shell companies are so risky (and hard to spot)

Shell companies and the hidden threat of entity risk While not inherently illegal, shell companies have been getting a lot attention recently for the role they play in illegal activity. This makes sense, as two of the legitimate uses of shell companies are the ability to shield owners from litigation and as a vehicle for […]

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Is “openness” the next big word in financial crime?

About a month ago, I attended the IBM RegTech Summit in London, which brought together a mix of financial services professionals, regulatory experts and technologists. But the terminology was markedly different than most financial crime and compliance events I’ve attended. With terms like “AI,” “machine learning,” “cloud” and “innovation,” you could make a successful run […]

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Ask the expert: 20 questions fraud fighters want to know

In our webinar yesterday, the first in the series AI Fraud Detection — Beyond the Textbooks, we ran out of time and weren’t able to address some great questions we had from the audience. Instead of waiting until the next episode, I hope these brief answers will be of help and interest to both those […]

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Stop waiting to apply AI for financial crime

Challenges from financial crime incidents and penalties grow Criminal enterprises are becoming increasingly sophisticated at the same time as new payment methods are emerging (peer to peer and faster/immediate payments) and transaction volumes are exploding. And financial institutions across the globe are feeling the pain of high-profile financial crime incidents in the form of significant […]

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IBM named “Financial Crime Product of the Year” and “Best Vendor for Innovation”

While there is no prize for stopping financial crime (though, arguably there should be), occasionally there is recognition for being an integral and pioneering part of the overall financial crime management effort. Today, IBM has received recognition by Risk.net for both “Financial Crime Product of the Year” for IBM Safer Payments as well as “Best […]

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BNZ protects customers (and the customer experience) with IBM Safer Payments

Bank of New Zealand (BNZ), one of the leading banks in ANZ, announced late last year that they have selected IBM Safer Payments to deliver cross-channel fraud protection to its customers. The multi-million-dollar deal supports BNZ’s efforts to provide frictionless and safer payments experience to their customers. Growing fraud requires new approach Many conveniences that […]

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Stemming the AML compliance crisis

When it comes to AML compliance, or the lack thereof, the financial industry is having rough year. A number of money laundering schemes have come to light, including the $8.8 billion Troika Laundromat, which have exposed or implicated a large swathe of the industry. Despite wide talk of deregulation, penalties from Office of Foreign Assets […]

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Model governance comes to fraud detection

Payment fraud detection has always had a bit more latitude than its counterparts in anti-money laundering, customer due diligence and even trade surveillance compliance. Unlike the latter areas, fraud prevention is an area not as heavily governed by regulations or specific rules of what a financial institution should or should not allow. It is obviously […]

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AML is global – are your risk controls?

Money laundering is an increasing global issue, often involving multiple countries, intermediaries and organizations. One needs to look no further than recent headlines concerning an Iranian-backed Lebanese terrorist organization or a Malaysian government development company to witness this troubling trend. AML and sanctions risk in every corner of the world As the United States increases […]

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Stop money laundering with a proactive AML approach

The recently revealed $8.8 billion Troika Laundromat offshore money laundering scandal was a vast and complex deception. Not just a limited scheme, between 2006 and 2013 it facilitated fake trade deals, reinsurance fraud, tax evasion, hidden investments, a fuel pricing fraud scheme at Sheremetyevo Airport—and much more. The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project and […]

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Reducing costs of AML while appeasing regulators

Reducing costs but appeasing regulators seems like an oxymoron, yet, many AML compliance and operations leaders are being asked to do just that. Several companies have invested a lot of money and time over the past several years to increase their level of compliance and ensure they are able to effectively identify and manage potential […]

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