Announcing the Launch of Adverse Media Investigations

Merlon is proud to announce the launch of its Automated Adverse Media Investigation platform – a major leap forward in detecting risk as part of due diligence and Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Know Your Customer (KYC) compliance.

Jason Mikula

Jason Mikula

September 10th 2020
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Merlon is proud to announce the launch of its Automated Adverse Media Investigation platform – a major leap forward in detecting risk as part of due diligence and Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Know Your Customer (KYC) compliance.

The Problem with Traditional Adverse Media Screening

Traditional adverse media screening requires an analyst to manually collect, organize, read, and analyze individual articles – many of which may be irrelevant or duplicates. Additionally, this keyword-driven approach doesn’t understand the meaning of the text, causing it to miss real risks while generating significant false positives. Analysts are forced to read numerous articles before being able to form an accurate understanding of the risks and a subject’s involvement, making adverse media screening tedious, error prone, and expensive.

The Solution: Automated Adverse Media Investigations

Merlon’s Adverse Media Investigations use proprietary natural language processing (NLP)  and artificial intelligence (AI) technology to understand risk, identify perpetrators, and automate the traditional screening process. The platform automatically determines relevant vs. irrelevant articles, removes duplicates and near duplicates, groups related articles, and extracts key biographical details to better identify subjects and understand their relationship to risk. 

Merlon automatically identifies risks relevant to AML investigations aligned with FATF predicate offenses, 6th EU Money Laundering Directive, and the USA Bank Secrecy Act.

These unique capabilities allow risk analysts to quickly make accurate decisions by reviewing findings and evidence Merlon presents for an investigation.

Why This Matters

In a world with ever increasing regulatory requirements and globalized risk combined with a huge growth in published news, the manual effort required by traditional adverse media screening tools means that compliance teams cannot scale to meet the growing workload. This results in incomplete and inaccurate identification of risk, opening institutions up to both regulatory enforcements and reputational damage. 

The efficiency gained by allowing analysts to remediate findings and evidence instead of reading large numbers or articles enables compliance teams to handle a dramatically increased caseload with the same resources.

Getting Started

Getting started with Merlon’s Automated Adverse Media Investigations is simple and risk free, with immediate access to a free online trial at https://www.merlon.ai/signup


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