Refine helps financial institutions recognize customers’ life stories and identify legitimate activities, so they can quickly clear away false alarms
NEW YORK and TEL AVIV, Israel, Nov. 14, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Refine Intelligence, the pioneer in Financial Crime Greenflagging, launched today with a $13 million seed funding round led by Glilot Capital Partners and Fin Capital with participation from SYN Ventures, Valley Ventures (the corporate venture capital arm of Valley Bank), and other investors including Ground Up Ventures.
While the anti-money laundering (AML) industry is focused on detecting account anomalies, Refine Intelligence is the only crime-fighting fintech focused on “greenflagging” legitimate customer behavior through providing a clear picture of their life stories. This novel approach is set to change the game in AML, helping banks reduce handling time while focusing on truly unexplained anomalies. Founded by serial entrepreneurs in financial crime fighting and cybersecurity, Refine Intelligence will use the funding to accelerate expansion within North America, Europe and Latin America, and advance the development of its technology.
Catching the Good Guys
AML investigators are overwhelmed by transaction monitoring alerts that spot anomalies in customer accounts. Most alerts are triggered by perfectly legitimate life stories such as selling a house, buying a used car, or paying tuition for an international student. Banks simply lack the context for these activities, and devote many resources to investigating false alarms. Refine Intelligence provides critical context in real time to explain customers’ actions using two capabilities:
- User-friendly digital inquiries in which customers are asked about the source of funds, the nature of the activity and other crucial contextual information; and
- AI trained using a unique, proprietary data set of genuine customer activity patterns that can automatically recognize specific customer life stories.
With Refine Intelligence, banks can bolster their existing AML monitoring to:
- Better focus on truly suspicious activity by quickly clearing away false alarms
- More clearly understand customer behavior and transactions, leading to more effective and efficient investigations
- Enable financial institutions to collect much needed context from the customer in a structured, consistent and bias-free manner
Putting Customer Relationships Back into Banks’ Hands
“Banks used to have a superpower: knowing their customers’ life stories so they could provide personalized financial service,” said Refine Intelligence Co-founder and CEO Uri Rivner. “With banking increasingly done online and a significant drop in face-to-face interactions, banks’ understanding of customer behavior is limited. Refine Intelligence restores that critical context, empowering banks to ‘catch the good guys’ – identify false alarms triggered by perfectly legitimate customer transactions, and focus their energy on actual dubious activity.”
Refine Intelligence’s first customer was Valley Bank, which saw such great outcomes that their venture capital arm, Valley Ventures, decided to invest in the company. “After implementing Refine Intelligence’s solution, our AML inquiry process was cut from 16 days to two minutes,” said Valley Bank’s Director of AML Chris Phillips. “This has freed up our team to spend less time on investigations and more time serving our customers. Using Refine Intelligence has enhanced our efficiency by streamlining the process of investigating and resolving AML alerts, and improving our customers’ satisfaction.”
Statistical Analysis from Refine Intelligence
Based on Refine Intelligence’s work with North American banks, it has determined the following points of interest:
- Refine Intelligence’s Digital Outreach reduces customer inquiry resolution time from two weeks to two minutes.
- Refine’s Digital Outreach customer inquiries achieve an 85% completion rate
- 64% of all AML alerts can be explained by the following top five life stories:
- Buying or selling real estate
- Payment for cash-intensive jobs
- Giving or receiving of gifts
- Buying or selling a vehicle
- Payment for construction expenses
“Money laundering is a persistent problem for banks to monitor, yet it lacks an effective automated solution to keep the issue in check,” said Glilot Capital Partner Founder and Managing Partner Kobi Samboursky. “Refine Intelligence has developed a powerful solution that ensures efficiency through the innovative application of their AI technology. We are excited about the market opportunities ahead of Refine Intelligence, and thrilled to join their mission to transform the financial fraud detection sector.”
“In a digitally-transformed banking landscape, Refine Intelligence stands out for its innovation in combating financial crime,” said Fin Capital Principal Sasha Pilch. “Their approach to AML offers a simple yet unique solution to a problem that banks have struggled with for years. We’re excited to join Refine Intelligence on its path to becoming a leader in crime-fighting fintech, transforming how banks combat money laundering and fraud.”
About Refine Intelligence
Refine Intelligence has developed a novel approach to help banks reduce the growing operational costs of financial crime. Their proprietary AI scans anti-money laundering alerts from transaction monitoring systems and “greenflags” customers’ legitimate activity to dramatically reduce investigation time, and can also be used to protect against check fraud, scams and money mules. Founded by tech veterans in fighting financial crime, Refine Intelligence is backed by Glilot Capital Partners, SYN Ventures, Fin Capital and Valley Ventures. To learn more, visit www.refineintelligence.com.
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Amerocap preparing substantial investments in magnesium and critical mineral development in the US and Europe
LONDON, Nov. 28, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Amerocap, a US-UK private equity investor focused on energy and minerals globally, will ramp up its investments into critical minerals in 2024. Amerocap’s critical minerals platform is Verde Magnesium LLC which is investing across the metallic magnesium value chain: R&D, mining, processing, and metallic production. Verde Magnesium, with its world-class project team is developing a portfolio of projects in North America, Europe and Asia, with a goal of reaching FID on at least 2 fully integrated projects in the next two years. Our flagship magnesium project in Romania has an accelerated investment program for 2024-2026 and was included in the investment pipeline of EU’s European Raw Materials Alliance (ERMA). The project has commercial partnerships with global automotive and aluminum industrial groups with combined revenues of over $500 billion. Verde Magnesium is reviewing up to $3 billion of investments and up to 200 kt per year of metallic magnesium capacity globally.
Bernd Martens, Chairman of Verde Magnesium and former Board Member and Head of Procurement for Audi AG, mentions that “China is producing the vast majority of many critical minerals required for the net zero transition. Compounding this supply concentration is China’s own surge in domestic demand of such minerals, which will reduce China’s essential net exports. Only a few decades ago, Western economies were the largest producers of metals in the world; but today that capacity, know-how and political will for mining and processing is gone. Verde Magnesium is a future catalyst of an industrial redevelopment that will offer reliable and sustainable supply and technological know-how for the EU and the US”.
Amerocap is well positioned to support this development, having successfully built multiple investment platforms in energy production and infrastructure, from the UK North Sea, where over $1.5 billion in transactions were completed, to Amerocap’s latest platform in Samos Energy, which aims to deploy over $1 billion in energy investments in Asia and Africa. Samos completed its first investment in July, acquiring the floating energy infrastructure business of BlackRock and Petrofac, whose portfolio covers Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia and is seeking further growth in infrastructure, with the highest HSE standards.
Abu Dhabi’s Rapidly Changing Investment Landscape Debated at the Second Edition of “Asset Abu Dhabi” Hosted at ADFW 2023
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ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Nov. 28, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Abu Dhabi Finance Week (ADFW) presented by Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) progressed into its next key conference today, conducting the 2023 edition of Asset Abu Dhabi. The event hosted a selective group of investment market leadership, who gathered at ADFW to analyse the evolving investment strategies of hedge funds, private equity houses, venture capital giants and family offices across the global markets, explore returns from evolving asset classes and investment frontiers, responses to inflationary pressures, and observe on the future and prospects of regional and global economies amid the current transition era.
Asset Abu Dhabi 2023 organised with theme partners, Mubadala and BTG Pactual, showcased a line-up of some of the strongest global private market leaders, hosting thousands of senior investors from 100+ countries, from the investment and financial industry who collectively manage more than USD 30 trillion of assets. The list of top financial investment institutions that attended the conference included top names such as Morgan Stanley, BNY Mellon, Goldman Sachs, Brevan Howard and Franklin Templeton amongst others.
Asset Abu Dhabi started with a special opening session led by Ruchir Sharma, the Chairman of Rockefeller International, who presented his analysis of key political, economic, technological and social signals that shape a nation’s future. Diving into the principle of wealth management, Jenny Johnson the President and CEO of Franklin Templeton spoke insightfully on the utility of technology to rising asset classes, sustainable investing, and interpreting changing global markets.
The rise of the Falcon Economy remains a major focus of Asset Abu Dhabi and ADFW to explore the drivers of the ongoing growth of the UAE and other regional economies and shed light on government plans, policies and efforts to realize long-term economic visions.
Other key sessions included a unique conversation on ‘The Keys to Managing Money & Risk’ between George Osborne the former UK Chancellor and Alan Howard the founder of Brevan Howard, and a special roundtable focused on ‘Forecast to 2030’ with the Chairman of Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing and C-suites of Goldman Sachs, Circle and Tikehau Capital.
Salem Mohammed Al Darei, CEO of ADGM Authority said, “With ADGM as a home to a global collection of asset managers, Abu Dhabi Finance Week continues to be a pivotal platform for them through Asset Abu Dhabi to share insights and chart the course for the ever-evolving world of investment. The 2023 edition of Asset Abu Dhabi not only offers a unique opportunity to analyse the rapidly shifting investment landscape but also showcases the next era of digital assets and provides invaluable guidance on the prospects of regional and global economies within the transition era. With a stellar lineup of global private market leaders and senior investors representing a staggering USD 30 trillion in assets under management, Asset Abu Dhabi exemplifies ADGM’s commitment to fostering collaboration and innovation in the financial industry.”
Abu Dhabi has become a destination of choice for global asset and fund management entities as the numbers have been growing drastically in the past few years while ADGM is also experiencing remarkable growth in the asset management sector reflecting 52% growth in Q3, compared to the same period last year.
The conference hosted two other events. The International Family Office Congress 2023 was organised in partnership with the Abu Dhabi Chamber, Abu Dhabi IPO Fund and Emirates Family Office Association, in addition to the Turnaround, Restructuring & Insolvency (T.R.I.) Forum 2023.
Exicom, India’s EV Charger Leader, expands into the UK Market, introduces a range of EV Chargers to accelerate EV Adoption
- Exicom, with the largest market share in India and a robust presence in Southeast Asia and the Middle East, now expands into the UK market
- Introduces a range of powerful, scalable and user-friendly DC Fast Chargers at the London EV
- Introduces a compact and easy-to-use range of SPIN EV chargers for home charging application
- Having a strong foothold in India, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East with supply of thousands of charges every month
LONDON, Nov. 28, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Exicom, India’s largest EV charger manufacturer and a trusted partner for global automobile leaders, charge point operators and other ecosystem players has announced its strategic entry into the UK and Europe market. The company plans to strengthen its distribution channel and will be providing EV chargers through direct sales channels too.
As part of its global expansion strategy, Exicom has identified Europe as a key market for its cutting-edge home charging and business solutions. Celebrating this milestone, Exicom unveiled its first-of-its-kind EV charging product, Harmony Direct DC 360 Fast Charger at the London EV Show, designed especially for the European market. It is crafted to meet the requirements of today’s EV drivers and is aimed at aiding charge point operators in the installation of fast-charging stations. Setting the benchmark with up to 360kW of power and a modular design, it promises the quickest charging experience in the market for upcoming electric vehicles. Its ergonomic cable management maintains station tidiness, while the new sleek design, easy-to-use display terminal and innovative lighting system elevate overall user experience. These DC chargers are suitable for installation at fueling stations, retail locations, highways and commercial premises to charge electric fleets.
Exicom is also thrilled to unveil its latest breakthrough – the ‘Spin Air’ EV AC Charger, marking a significant milestone in home electric vehicle charging. Spin Air seamlessly integrates state-of-the-art technology, user-friendly features, and elegant design. Beyond its visual appeal, Spin Air exemplifies intelligence in charging methodology. Solar compatibility allows users to harness renewable energy, while load balancing and power sharing ensure optimal energy distribution within the home environment. Additionally, it’s seamless integration with Exicom’s Spin Control mobile app empowers users to remotely monitor, schedule, and receive real-time updates on their charging sessions. By blending convenience with control, effortless management is now just a tap away.
Originating from India, a worldwide centre for technological excellence, Exicom has led the way in providing crucial power and EV charging solutions in over 15 countries across the globe. Exicom chargers power electric drives across the entirety of India, enduring extreme weather and electrical conditions and now have a robust presence in Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, and the Middle East showcasing its prowess in the EV Industry. As it enters the UK market through the London EV Show 2023, Exicom’s primary aim is to simplify EV charging, guaranteeing its reliability and future adaptability, aligning with the UK Government’s vision of achieving zero-emission vehicles by 2035. With a wealth of over two decade’s experience, Exicom has secured the trust of the world’s largest automotive firms, thanks to its dedication to cutting-edge technology, punctual deliveries, and continuous round-the-clock customer support.
“With many governments and especially UK favouring faster adoption of electric mobility, the demand for innovative home charging solutions and fast charging stations is higher than ever. We are thrilled to introduce our new range of Harmony DC chargers which fit variety of use cases and are convenient to operate. Our SPIN Home chargers are compact, connected and compliant with UK smart charging regulations. With the expansion of our operations in Europe, we hope to play a key role in enabling low carbon society in these markets – said, Anant Nahata, CEO, Exicom.
Exicom is driven by a customer-first approach, with its differentiation being products developed based on design, form factor, and unique features, relying on innovation and R&D activities. Exicom’s global operations are supported by three state-of-the-art manufacturing units and two R&D centres in India. Following this approach for the European market, Exicom seeks to build a local sales, service and application engineering team to fulfil customer demands.
To explore more on Exicom’s EV charging technology, visit – www.exicom-ps.com
Exicom entered the EV charging market in 2018 and offers full range of smart AC and DC fast charging solutions for passenger cars, and heavy-duty vehicles. It has sold more than 50K home chargers and 3000+ fast chargers in India and overseas markets.
Incorporated in 1994, Exicom is an India headquartered power management solutions provider operating under two business verticals. The first involves EV Charger solutions which offers smart charging solutions for home and businesses. The second vertical focuses on critical power solutions business, wherein the company services critical digital infrastructure by delivering overall energy management via its range of power and energy solutions.
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