Why a multifaceted due diligence is an important part of a compliance programme
Initially, the Client only provided us with the name of an individual, her address and basic details of a related entity registered in the Marshall Islands. According to the Client, the individual was acting as an agent for Chinese shipping companies that liaises with ports in Argentina and Brazil.
As the individual and the related entity did not have any media presence in the Chinese press, our Southeast Asia Case Manager, Benny Chew conducted numerous enhanced data searches and found that the individual’s address closely matched the address of a shipping company in Shanghai, China, although he could not establish any exact connections between the individual and the shipping company through media-only research.
Benny then discreetly contacted his vast network of shipping industry sources, who confirmed that the individual is an agent of the shipping company in Shanghai, and is mainly in charge of developing shipping markets in South American countries, Spain, Portugal and China. Benny’s sources also revealed that the individual spends considerable time abroad and is rarely in contact with local industry peers, hence her low media profile and exposure in the local market.
Benny’s effort highlighted how our Research & Analysis Team uses a combination of research methodologies and techniques to help Clients make better decisions by providing them with quality and reliable information on different targets.
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Benny Chew, Research & Analysis Team (Penang)
Benny has expert knowledge in the AML/CFT, Fraud, KYC and anti-financial crime domains. He leads due diligence projects in the Southeast Asia and the Greater China region.