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KYC utilities: The revolution of AML compliance

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Date & time
26Apr 2017 (Wed)19:00 - 20:00
Room 612, 6/F, United Centre, 95 Queensway, Hong Kong (Exit D, Admiralty MTR Station)
Free Admission
Dr. LAM Yat Fai (林日辉)

Dr. LAM Yat Fai (林日辉)

Dr. LAM Yat Fai (林日辉) is the Principal, Structured Products Analytics of CapitaLogic Limited and Adjunct Professor of Finance, City University of Hong Kong. He graduated from City University of Hong Kong with a Doctor of Business Administration degree in finance and holds the CFA, CAIA, CAMS, FRM and PRM professional designations. Dr. LAM has worked for bank regulator, sovereign wealth fund and international banks, specializing in the areas of structured products, anti-money laundering and credit risk management.

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Language: Cantonese


KYC utility is one of the hottest contemporary developments among the AML compliance in financial institutions.  With a KYC utility, customer due diligence, risk assessment and ongoing monitoring are handled by a group of independent KYC experts, reserving the financial institutions to concentrate on their core businesses.  In addition, once a customer submits his information to a KYC utility, subject to his authorization, the KYC results and supporting documents will be shared among many financial institutions, thus eliminating the repeated KYC efforts from both financial institutions and customers.

In this seminar, Dr. LAM Yat-fai will explain the compliance motivations behind and economic benefits arising from KYC utilities.  On the other hand, through game theory, Dr. LAM will also predict the failure of KYC utilities in an open market and conclude the necessity of regulations on KYC utilities as a critical success factor.  Finally, Dr. LAM will contrast the major participants in the market of KYC utilities, including Thomson Reuters, Markit-Genpack and SWIFT, and share the implementation stories of KYC utilities in other regions.