- Building on HSBC’s and SOSV’s investments, funds will be deployed towards product development and sales activities to further capture US$17b market
- Firm already services multiple units of Standard Chartered Bank, with more to come
23rd August 2022, Singapore/Hong Kong – Standard Chartered today announced that it has invested funds in Hong Kong-based KYC, KYB and data management platform with the aim of accelerating the company’s product development and boosting its sales organisation – both to meet the increasing demand of the global identity verification market for individuals and corporates that is anticipated to be worth US$17 billion by 2026. Standard Chartered joins Chekk’s multi-million dollar financing round announced in June this year, led by HSBC and with participation of venture capital firm SOSV.
Said Alex Manson, head of SC Ventures: “Chekk is already an established partner for SC Ventures, as our go-to KYC/KYB provider for a number of ventures we have incubated. While several companies claim to optimize customer on-boarding in banking, none comes close to Chekk, with real-time data collection delivering a digital advantage across multiple stakeholders. We are thrilled to partner with this great team, including with our most recent investment, to be addressing a real gap in our industry.”
“Chekk has a unique proposition, taking KYB and KYC to another level of capabilities and customer experience, which resonates very well with various parts of Standard Chartered Bank and its partners,” said Pascal Nizri, Co-Founder and CEO of Chekk. “It is rapidly becoming a standard across multiple business units and is also being adopted by various other financial institutions and fintechs around the world.”
The global identity verification market for individuals and corporates was valued at US$8 billion in 2020. It is expected to reach US$17 billion by 2026, registering a CAGR of 13.29%1. Major growth drivers of the market include enhanced global regulations in customer due diligence to combat the rise in financial crimes, as well as the need for digitisation of customer onboarding processes. As technology advances, KYC/KYB and AML regulations have been increasing globally with growing demands made of financial services in particular, against the backdrop of a rise in fraudulent activities worldwide.
“Our platform aggregates data sources from around the world (e.g. ‘live’ government corporate registries, global commercial data partners, anti-money laundering lists, ESG data) to feed into a modular ecosystem of advanced capabilities and channels, enabling organizations like financial services providers to manage relationships with business and individual clients.” added Pascal Nizri. “Beyond already being our client, we are delighted to welcome Standard Chartered Bank as investors, to support the expansion of our product suite, teams and client base globally.”
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Chekk is an award-winning customer interaction Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform, co- founded and led by industry experts (Pascal Nizri and Benjamin Petit), with the mission to remove pain and costs from interactions between companies and their individual and business customers, whilst enabling financial crime prevention, access to financial services and new business relationships.
With secure end-to-end Know Your Customer and data management solutions, such as instant Know Your Business (KYB), 30 seconds Know Your Customer (KYC) and Data Portability, Chekk can be consumed in a modular way and delivered via out of the box Web, Mobile, SDK and API applications. Configurable and easy to connect to existing systems and processes, Chekk’s Platform provides powerful capabilities, including workflows, real-time risk engine, automatic visual company unwrapping, forms pre-filling & company documents, customer outreach Web & Mobile tools, multi-lingual AML checks, beneficial owners (UBOs) identification and verification, for 400 million businesses across 200 countries (with a multi-sources engine connected to both live government company registries and recognized commercial data providers around the world).
Chekk has renowned investors (HSBC, Standard Chartered Bank…), local and global customers (Standard Chartered Bank, Bain Capital, Ripple…) and strategic partners (Moody’s, KPMG…), is part of the UK Regulators’ Financial Conduct Authority Sandbox, has been accelerated by Facebook and BNP Paribas Plug & Play, and featured by the World Economic Forum and many news websites.