Funding 365 rescues deal with technology

Michael Lloyd

November 27, 2019

Funding 365 has rescued an unusual commercial bridging deal by employing ID recognition and provided by Thirdfort.

The £195,000 bridging loan secured against offices and retail space in the East Midlands was for a corporate borrower with a major shareholder who was sailing a yacht off the coast of Australia.

The technology, which Funding 365 has integrated into its underwriting processes, enabled the lender to complete remote know your customer (KYC) and anti-money laundering (AML) checks on the shareholder to allow a swift completion of the loan.

Michael Strange, managing director of Funding 365, said: “We pride ourselves on being able to process bespoke loans at high speed, so having a smooth client onboarding process has always been a core focus for us.

“With the integration of Thirdfort earlier this year, we have a system that not only speeds up the completion of borrower KYC and AML checks, but also enhances our fraud detection and prevention capability.

“It’s proving to be especially invaluable in cases such as this, where traditional, paper based solutions simply would not have worked.”

The technology utilises digital ID checks, facial recognition technology, PEPs and Sanctions screenings and document authentication scans, as well as checks on borrower’s bank accounts facilitated by Open Banking.

Olly Thornton-Berry, director at Thirdfort, added: “We developed Thirdfort with fraud prevention in mind, at a time when documents are being faked in increasingly sophisticated ways.

“KYC and AML checks remain largely manual, which can be inconvenient and slow as well as open a transaction up to risk.

“With our technology all the client has to do is take a photo of their ID, a selfie and quick video, and consent to Thirdfort linking to their bank account.

“Our facial recognition technology verifies that the ID is authentic and uses biometrics to match the selfie to it.

“Open Banking technology allows us to retrieve digital financial data directly from consumers’ accounts, ensuring there is no opportunity for it to be tampered with.

“All of this means that clients can carry out KYC and AML checks wherever they are in the world, and lenders can rest assured that fraudsters will be easier to spot.”

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