Wolters Kluwer Poised for Round Two of Paycheck Protection Program Funding

  • Payments , Banking
  • 24.04.2020 01:33 pm

Wolters Kluwer Compliance Solutions today revealed that its Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Supported by TSoftPlus™ solution, designed to help banks, credit unions, and other lenders support small businesses with payroll funding during the COVID-19 crisis, has so far assisted in PPP loan approvals supporting approximately 500,000 jobs across the U.S. The company will continue to provide its industry-recognized client support for the just-announced second round of PPP funding.

To date, Wolters Kluwer data shows that in working with lenders during the first round of funding, the company helped small businesses in all 50 states obtain PPP funds. Notably, 80 percent of the loans it processed were for small businesses with 20 or fewer employees. The state with the highest loan volume was California.

Just yesterday the U.S. Congress passed a bill that authorized $310 billion in additional PPP funding under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The additional funding provides lenders a second wave of opportunity to help small businesses fund their payrolls as the nation continues to battle the coronavirus pandemic. More information about the solution, which includes free training and webinars with Wolters Kluwer’s compliance experts, is available on the dedicated webpage for Paycheck Protection Program Supported by TSoftPlus

“New users are able to access the solution with no upfront costs and can be processing loans within hours after signing up to meet the urgent needs of small businesses in their local communities,” a company statement says. “In fact, applications that were entered and queued in TSoftPlus after the program’s initial funding ran out can be easily submitted by the solution as soon as the Small Business Administration (SBA) starts to accept applications again.”

There continues to be strong interest from lenders in the Wolters Kluwer solution, with some lenders reporting as much as a 20-fold productivity gain through using the TSoftPlus functionality compared to securing PPP loans direct via the SBA website. Many lenders typically only processed a few SBA loans per year before PPP. They are now able to process a sizeable number of PPP applications per day using the Wolters Kluwer solution, a trend set to continue with this second round of funding.

“The announcement of a second round of funding is great news given the challenges that COVID-19 continues to present to main street businesses across the country. The reality is that lenders of all sizes will continue to see huge levels of interest that far exceed their traditional SBA loan processing activity—our solution is there to help them navigate the complexities quickly, efficiently and in a compliant way,” said Steve Meirink, Executive Vice President and General Manager for Wolters Kluwer Compliance Solutions. “Hundreds of banks and credit unions relied on our technology and compliance experts to get small businesses the funding they needed during the first phase of funding, with half a million jobs retained as a result of their efforts. With the launch of this second round of funding, we are pleased we can continue to help local lenders provide urgently needed aid to even more small business employees.”

Wolters Kluwer Compliance Solutions is a provider of risk management and regulatory compliance solutions and services to U.S. banks and credit unions, insurers and securities firms. The business, which sits within Wolters Kluwer’s Governance, Risk & Compliance (GRC) division, “helps these financial institutions efficiently manage compliance obligations tied to loan and deposit origination transactions and workflows, manage risk and other regulatory compliance obligations, and gain the insights needed to focus on better serving their customers and growing their business.

Paycheck Protection Program Supported by TSoftPlus is one of several solutions launched by Wolters Kluwer’s GRC division in response to the COVID-19 crisis, including the Business Entity Search for CARES Act solution, offered by Wolters Kluwer’s Lien Solutions business, which conducts bulk/batch corporate identity searches to verify the business status of potential borrowers. COVID-19 Noteworthy Developments Bulletins, meanwhile, aggregates COVID-19 related global regulatory changes, orders, notices and other informational updates for the financial services industry. The division has also launched a COVID-19 resource center to provide businesses and law firms with international, federal and state legislative updates.

Earlier this year we reported how the company has been expanding its Minnesotan HQ for its Compliance Solutions business and other businesses that sit within its GRC Division, growing staff numbers by 25% compared with 2017. Wolters Kluwer now has 717 staff working in Minnesota, nearly a 25 percent increase from 575 full time employees in 2017, a figure confirmed by the GRC Division’s Global Director of Corporate Communications.

Compliance Solutions is headed by Minneapolis-based Steven Meirink, executive vice president and general manager, who is responsible for overseeing the P&L, operations, and growth strategy for the business unit. Prior to joining Wolters Kluwer, Meirink was senior vice president and general manager for Assurant Mortgage Solutions, where he was responsible for driving the growth of new solutions and expanding Assurant’s business into emerging market areas.

He also held several senior level positions within Equifax, including vice president and general manager of the company’s United States Consumer Information Services – Mortgage Growth Initiatives portfolio. Prior to Equifax, Meirink held several leadership positions throughout the financial services industry including community banking, mortgage lending, insurance, and consumer credit. Meirink reports into New York-based CEO of the GRC division Richard Flynn.

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