Getting to Know You-tility: The Emergence of Jurisdictional KYC Utilities

Regionally-governed utilities could help make up for slower-than-expected takeup of global KYC services.


“Complicated,” “messy,” and “manual” are words often used to describe know your customer (KYC) compliance procedures. Most descriptions are far more bitter and pessimistic, and some are simply unprintable.

KYC is becoming a major cause of concern for financial organizations, especially following more stringent onboarding requirements from regulations such as MiFID II, which will take effect in January 2018. The industry knows it must up its KYC game before this deadline.

A utility model is

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