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Digital KYC becomes a must when COVID-19 has made face-to-face contact almost impossible. Customer due diligence and KYC is essential in order to protect the global financial system from money laundering and financing of illegal and criminal activities. Multi-jurisdictional anti-money laundering (AML) regulations require banks to collect specific information and documentation on their corporate and correspondent banking relationships. Collecting data to perform the necessary checks can be lengthy, complex and time consuming.

SWIFT’s KYC Registry has been designed in collaboration with banks and corporates from across the globe to address these challenges. The KYC Registry is a secure global platform providing predefined data fields and document types to help standardise and streamline the data collection process.

To date, more than 5,500 financial institutions are using the KYC Registry to both publish their KYC data and receive data from their correspondent banks. It is recognised as the accepted standard for correspondent banking due diligence. The registry has now been extended to corporate customers of SWIFT to help simplify the KYC process between banks and corporates.
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    Ivan Koh
    Director, Corporates and Non-Bank Financial Insitutions, SWIFT
    Ivan is responsible for helping Corporates and Non-Bank Financial Institutions realise their digitalisation strategy and harness the value of their data so they can achieve timely cash visibility, improve liquidity management and mitigate operational risks. Prior to joining SWIFT, Ivan worked in the financial information and market data technology industry for over 20 years in various management and coaching positions.
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    Jimmy Zhang
    Corporate Banking Manager, Pepper Group
    Jimmy is the Corporate Banking Manager for the Pepper Group Pty Limited. In this role, he maintains the transactional banking relationships and products with various banks in the APAC region. Jimmy originally joined Pepper’s finance team in 2007 before moving to treasury in 2011, and has managed teams in financial reporting, trust management, treasury analytics, project management and treasury operations. Jimmy holds Bachelor (Finance and Actuarial Studies) and Masters (Accounting) of Commence from the University of New South Wales. He is also a qualified Certified Practice Accountant.
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    Sandor Kessel
    Senior Financial Consultant, Treasury, Siemens
    With eight years’ treasury experience at Siemens in Germany and Hong Kong, Sandor has diverse knowledge in Cash Management and Financial Markets, especially in highly regulated countries in Asia and EMEA. Siemens’ M&A activities in recent years gave him in-depth-knowledge of carve-in and carve-out activities, including large scale on-boarding and KYC in Asia Pacific.
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    David Blair
    Managing Director, Acarate
    With more than 25 years of management and treasury experience in global companies, David Blair was formerly vice-president treasury at Huawei where he drove a treasury transformation for this fast-growing Chinese infocomm equipment supplier. Before that David was group treasurer of Nokia, where he built one of the most respected treasury organisations in the world. He has previous experience with ABB, PriceWaterhouse, and Cargill. David has extensive experience managing global and diverse treasury teams, as well as playing a leading role in e-commerce standard development and in professional associations. At Acarate Consulting he specialises in treasury and financial advice to corporates, banks and government.
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