Outsourcing of CDD/KYC expert activities

Outsourcing of your CDD/KYC expert activities.

As a result of the increasing regulatory demands for more stringent monitoring of Anti-Money Laundering (AML) protection, all financial institutions face a progressive increase in management costs. In addition, there is an enhanced risk of reputational damage, potential fines and compensation payments.

In order to avoid sizeable future fines, large financial institutions have appointed many new employees to:

  1. Perform KYC remediation processes on the existing customer portfolio (i.e. cleaning and updating relevant data to ensure compliance with the latest regulations).
  2. Ensure that the customer portfolio continues to comply with the latest regulations through Periodic Reviews (PR) and Event-Driven Reviews (EDR*), based on internal and external event triggers, and to ensure that best practices are adhered to when onboarding new customers (NCTO**).

* EDR: Event-driven reviews (based on an event trigger)
**NCTO (New client take on).

When deciding whether or not to onboard customers, every organisation bears responsibility for the choice that they make. It is important that, for each customer, a risk assessment is made of potential money laundering and/or terrorist financing. The risk assessment must be evidence-based. In addition, from a social point of view plus in respect of the legislator and the regulatory body, the institution is responsible and required to do everything possible (‘best efforts’ obligation) to protect the integrity of the financial system.

Everything starts with meticulous research/customer contact at the commercial heart of the organisation (the first line of defence). The main challenge for this first line of defence in meeting the requirements of the legislator and regulatory bodies, is the fact that, in addition to their commercial duties, commercial employees must also become KYC analysists/experts.

In almost all cases, this has a direct impact on the commercial activities and therefore places pressure on the cost/income ratio. Many financial institutions therefore deploy teams responsible for the more in-depth and comprehensive customer analyses as part of the KYC/CDD processes. These support teams are part of the first line of defence and are responsible for optimising customer profiles, validating all documents provided, client filtering (such as checking for bad press), the presence of ‘Politically Exposed Persons’ (PEP) on the board or as the Ultimate Beneficial Owner (UBO), checking the ‘source of wealth’ and the ‘source of funds’. The teams are also responsible for initiating investigations in the event of ‘high-risk’ findings.

An expensive and time-consuming step in the process, that requires real specialists.

Increasing compliance costs

The costs associated with CDD/KYC tasks and obligations are not only increasing because of the work that has to be carried out, but also because of the constant monitoring of legislative and regulatory changes and subsequently embedding these changes in internal policy and procedures, training the teams and constant quality checks. The regulatory body is strict. It does not accept a discussion in which only a mere explanation is given about the processes and procedures that are followed; hard evidence must be provided which demonstrates that the institution complies with Dutch AML Law (Wwft).

Employees, systems, safeguarding knowledge, workplaces and overheads are expensive for smaller parties in the market and very challenging to maintain. These companies are disadvantaged by their size, and their experience is that these developments have a huge impact on commercial results.

CDD as a Service (CaaS)

To meet all of these challenges, BlueMonks offers CDD as a Service!

Our expert teams support you throughout the KYC process. This includes:

  • Establishing a KYC File (incl. Risk Classification proposal)

  • Event-Driven Reviews (EDR)

  • Periodic Reviews (PR)

We take care of all legal aspects, including:

  • Ultimate Beneficial Owner (UBO) verification

  • Source of wealth/funds

  • Client filtering

  • Politically Exposed Persons (PEP) monitoring

  • Bad press monitoring

  • Country (sanctions) monitoring

  • Transaction Profiling

Ultimately, the financial institution itself is still responsible for defining and accepting the risk classification, but BlueMonks supports the institution by providing sound and underpinned risk advice in respect of the file, based on the financial institution’s own risk classification model. Once the file has been delivered in its entirety, the final decision about this is made by the person responsible for these matters at the financial institution.

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Quality framework

To guarantee the quality of its activities, BlueMonks applies an internal quality framework, with a clear division between ‘makers’ and ‘checkers’. Every file is viewed by two individuals and is only approved and finished after agreement between the analyst and the medior/senior. If the risk classification of a customer file is high, the file will also undergo a check by a senior expert. This means that every high-risk customer file undergoes a ‘3-person verification’ before this is transferred back for risk acceptance within the institution. Quality can be expected from BlueMonks and that is what we deliver!

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Transaction Monitoring (follow up)

One of the tasks of financial institutions is to constantly monitor whether a customer’s transaction behaviour meets expectations. A lot of software is available for this monitoring and this software delivers ‘possible hits’. Extensive manpower is required to assess these ‘hits’ correctly. To this end, BlueMonks offers AfuS (AML follow-up Service).

The expert team at BlueMonks starts the investigation into the ‘possible hit’ and provides its clients with immediate feedback, as soon as the transaction requires further investigation into compliance, or if immediate notification is required. This enables clients to immediately notify the Financial Intelligence Unit – the Netherlands (FIU-NL) of this hit.

(SLA) Reporting

It goes without saying that BlueMonks provides an extensive report regarding the quality of the outsourced service. We report on progress and quality in a way that is transparent, efficient and comprehensible, as can be expected from a partner. If the financial institution has specific reporting requirements, BlueMonks can provide customised reports.

Efficient customisation

As a reliable partner, we want to work cost-effectively. That is why, at BlueMonks, we use a basic Framework. However, we want to be flexible and will therefore always try to dovetail specific customer wishes into our processes, so that everything aligns in a cost-effective manner with your organisation’s internal processes.


Sharing customer data is a difficult decision for every organisation. We are well aware of that fact. Of course, entering into a Non-Disclosure Agreement is a standard part of the agreements that are concluded. In addition, we can share information through encrypted channels, or organisations can provide us with secure access to protected parts of their systems.

At BlueMonks, our expert teams pay a lot of attention to data protection and data risk awareness. We invest a lot in the commitment of our employees, which is reflected in the meticulous way in which our teams handle customer data.

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Transfer of your existing Support Team

Most organisations already have foundations in place. It would therefore not surprise us if you already have employees who support you in this process. We would be more than happy to discuss the option of incorporating these employees into our existing team.

Why outsource?

  • Gives you total peace of mind

  • Always up to date

  • In control of your KYC/CDD cycles

  • Access to Senior Expertise

  • Cost-efficiency

  • Quality assurance

  • Secure

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