Fenergo Launches Remote Account Opening Solution to Accelerate Small Business Emergency Loan Approvals

Fenergo Launches Remote Account Opening Solution to Accelerate Small Business Emergency Loan Approvals
16.04.2020 04:47 pm

Fenergo Launches Remote Account Opening Solution to Accelerate Small Business Emergency Loan Approvals

Open Banking , Fraud Detection , Compliance , AML and KYC

 Fenergo, the leading provider of digital transformation, customer journey and client lifecycle management (CLM) solutions for financial institutions, today announces the launch of its digital cloud-based Remote Account Opening solution, ahead of schedule, in order to assist US small businesses in accessing PPP emergency loans.

This plug-and-play solution allows US business and commercial banks to digitally onboard new clients, while digitally satisfying Know Your Customer (KYC), Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) requirements, reducing the time to onboard and rapidly process new PPP loan applications.   

Small businesses represent 43% of the US American economy, yet many are struggling to access much needed PPP loans under the US CARES Act. Financial Institutions across the United States are subject to stringent BSA and KYC requirements and obligations, in order to open and service new business and commercial accounts. These obligations can be complex, time consuming and costly and are currently impeding most financial firms’ ability to offer SBA financing to US small businesses.

“Now is not the time for small businesses across the United States to be struggling to access desperately needed funding. Building on our KYC, AML and BSA heritage and expertise, we were able to rapidly extend our system to accommodate the KYC, AML and screening challenges presented by the PPP loan application process. In these unprecedented times, when physical branches are mostly closed, this new digital-only proposition helps US business and commercial banks with their ability to rapidly onboard new customers and open accounts remotely - and deliver much needed SBA-approved funding”, said James Follette, Global Head Commercial, Business and Retail Banking, Fenergo (New York).

“Many US banks are unable to offer services to new small business customers in a timely manner, due to the complex and challenging nature of BSA rules and obligations. The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) has published PPP FAQs, clarifying the obligations when providing loans to new, versus existing, customers. Whilst lenders are not required to re-verify existing customers, they must obtain beneficial ownership information and satisfy BSA requirements for new clients. As a result, many small businesses may be disproportionately impacted as the onboarding process may slow down their access to critical funding. Fenergo’s proposition provides banks with the ability to remotely onboard new business clients and still meet those essential compliance requirements,” said Rachel Woolley, Global AML Manager, Fenergo.

Fenergo’s remote account opening solution is a pre-configured digital-only service that seamlessly integrates with a bank’s existing loan application process. It delivers front to back KYC, AML and BSA rules automation and screening. It transforms compliance and offers:

  • Pre-configured automated regulatory rules engine and associated workflows
  • Digital, dynamic collection of required data and documents (ID and Verification), and automated screening for AML due diligence processes
  • Plug and play account opening and client onboarding functionality with API connectivity to enhance existing digital channels and capitalize on previous investments
  • Pre-built PPP/SBA Loan Application Module

Fenergo is the leader in KYC, AML and BSA digitalization and automation. Its unique regulatory heritage and mutualized community approach to compliance allows it to rapidly develop this proposition. Fenergo’s global partnerships with firms such as Salesforce, DXC Technology and AWS allow the company to digitally deliver its systems and services around the world, and to integrate seamlessly into any bank’s eco-system. 

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