ESTONIAN BANK SELECTS ACCUITY TO STREAMLINE COMPLIANCE AND IMPROVE CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE


Bigbank AS using Firco Compliance Link for financial crime screening

Bigbank AS, one of Estonia’s largest banks, has selected Accuity to streamline its account and payments screening processes and help better identify financial crime risk, highlight potential sanctions breaches and flag potentially high-risk customers and politically exposed people (PEP).

Against the backdrop of increased payment security requirements, such as closer monitoring and compliance with constantly changing sanctions and embargo lists, banks are now faced with new challenges. Businesses need to include additional security measures in their workflows in order to avoid making illegal transactions which could lead to frozen payments, large fines and reputational damage.

By implementing industry leading financial crime compliance data and technology from Accuity, Bigbank AS is able to provide significantly more robust customer screening, strengthening the existing know your customer measures that are in place across the business. Bigbank AS will be using an Accuity financial crime screening solution, Firco Compliance Link, that provides intelligent automated account and transaction screening with consolidated reviews and a full audit trail. Bigbank AS are now regulator ready and can provide high-level transparency and analytical insights, whilst at the same time reducing manual processes and improving their customers’ experience.

Tom Golding, Accuity EVP, Risk and Compliance, Product and Strategy, commented: “International regulations continue to focus on combatting financial crime and preventing the funding of terrorism through increased compliance requirements that banks now have to adhere to. At the same time, customers are demanding faster payments, meaning banks now have a real need for speed. It’s great to see Bigbank improving its customers’ experience, whilst at the same time, protecting the bank from facilitating financial crime.”

Alar Kondratjev, Bigbank AS Head of Operations Security and Control Unit, commented: “Our customers remain central to everything we do. It is important that we are constantly improving our processes to enhance our customers’ experience. Firco Compliance Link helps to further support the digitalisation and automation of our bank processes.”

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Notes to editors

About Bigbank Group
Bigbank AS was established in 1992 in Tartu, Estonia. It specialises in term deposits and consumer loans and now operates in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland, Spain and Sweden, while providing cross-border services on the German, Austrian and Dutch markets. The company operates under the trademark Bigbank on all markets.

Bigbank’s strategy is to continue its operations in its existing area of activity by focusing on the existing client segment and always offering the best possible services while always considering customer needs. Bigbank does not intend to start competing with universal banks in the area of traditional banking services.

Being a specialist bank means that Bigbank has the resources to get to know its clients better and address their needs more personally. This allows Bigbank to be quicker and more flexible than universal banks without compromising the quality of issued loans. Bigbank applies the same principles as universal banks in assessing the solvency of clients and performs a credit analysis every time before issuing a loan.

About Accuity
Accuity offers a suite of innovative solutions for payments and compliance professionals, from comprehensive data and software that manage risk and compliance, to flexible tools that optimise payments pathways. With deep expertise and industry-leading data-enabled solutions from the Fircosoft, Bankers Almanac and NRS brands, our portfolio delivers protection for individual and organisational reputations.

Part of the RELX Group, one of the world’s leading business information and data providers, Accuity has been delivering solutions to banks and businesses worldwide for 180 years.

Firco Compliance Link is an end-to-end financial crime compliance solution that streamlines account and payments screening processes. Its flexible platform, unrivalled connectivity, best-in-class data and user-friendly interface make it a one-stop solution for organisations across a variety of sectors.

For more information, please contact:

Heather Smith, Accuity, heather.smith@accuity.com                 +44 (0)7342-069-456

Francesca Bliss, Cognito,        Francesca.bliss@cognitomedia.com    +44 (0)7515-003-332