expands Asia Pacific footprint to hong kong and singapore

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 3:34 pm EST


"This roll out coupled with our support for Australia in this region increases efficiency, utilises repeatable KYC processes and enables our customers to focus on other higher value areas such as innovation to strengthen their competitiveness and compliance in the financial sector."

LONDON & NEW YORK & SINGAPORE--(BUSINESS WIRE), the joint venture between Markit Ltd. (Nasdaq: MRKT) and Genpact Limited (NYSE: G) today announced the expansion of its service to Hong Kong and Singapore. This roll out is in addition to jurisdictional coverage in the US, UK and Australia which launched in 2014.

Standard Chartered, the UK headquartered bank with a large footprint in Asia, is supportive of and in the process of joining the service. In addition, Deutsche Bank, HSBC, Morgan Stanley and UBS are already signed up and will be using the service to support their due diligence in the region. Over 1,500 buyside firms and corporations, representing 37,000 legal entities are also using to simplify the provision of know your customer (KYC) and other documentation to their banks. is a centralised service enabling investment managers, corporates and banks to streamline the KYC process by collecting the required documentation and data once, to create a reusable profile. With over 169,000 entities and 350,000 documents across and Markit’s Counterparty Manager, customers benefit from validated information to determine beneficial ownership.

Commenting on the exciting developments around the uptake of the service, David Deane, managing director of client and data services at Deutsche Bank said, "We actively support the use of KYC utilities and have been investing in the development of the service as a founding design partner since its inception. Now that the service has been developed, we want to encourage market adoption. Deutsche Bank is inviting customers to subscribe to this service and contribute their KYC documentation and data to".

“HSBC is committed to a consistent, comprehensive approach to financial crime risk assessment and regulatory compliance, and that requires a robust KYC process,” said Greg Watson, global head of banking middle office at HSBC. “Using improves the client experience while standardising and simplifying data gathering and validation.”

A recent survey commissioned by revealed that 63% of financial institutions across Asia believe varying KYC standards across the region is the biggest factor impacting their level of regulatory risk. When conducting due diligence checks on customers, 58% surveyed have either terminated existing customers or refused new customers given due diligence concerns.

“One of the biggest challenges to conducting KYC in Asia is the regional variation for cross border compliance, which adds a layer of complexity to managing our customer relationships,” said David Fleet, managing director of client onboarding and management, Standard Chartered. “For us it’s about establishing best practice and mutualising efforts to remove some of the regional anomalies. supports this and provides a more cost effective way to conduct our business.”

“As design partner of, we welcome and support Markit and Genpact on this development. At UBS, we actively encourage the adoption of KYC utilities to drive industry simplification; and improve the delivery of services to our clients," said Daniel Haid, managing director of client onboarding, UBS. "Current practices are complex and time consuming. Gathering client information in a single place benefits both clients and financial institutions."

“We are seeing a coming together of standards for connected due diligence processes, whether it’s client onboarding or meeting tax requirements,” said Jon May, chief executive officer, of “This roll out coupled with our support for Australia in this region increases efficiency, utilises repeatable KYC processes and enables our customers to focus on other higher value areas such as innovation to strengthen their competitiveness and compliance in the financial sector.”

Notes to Editors


Markit and Genpact have proven track records in helping customers in the field of KYC data management. Together the firms offer a robust set of compliance, tax, data validation and reference data services that are relied upon by over 1,500 buyside firms, 7,000 corporations and 80 banks. For more information, please see

About Markit

Markit is a leading global provider of financial information services. We provide products that enhance transparency, reduce risk and improve operational efficiency. Our customers include banks, hedge funds, asset managers, central banks, regulators, auditors, fund administrators and insurance companies. Founded in 2003, we employ over 4,000 people in 11 countries. Markit shares are listed on Nasdaq under the symbol MRKT. For more information, please see

About Genpact

Genpact (NYSE: G) stands for “generating business impact.” We architect the Lean DigitalSM enterprise through a unique approach based on our patented Smart Enterprise Processes (SEPSM) framework that reimagines our clients’ middle and back offices to generate growth, cost efficiency, and business agility. Our hundreds of long-term clients include more than one-fourth of the Fortune Global 500. We have grown to over 70,000 people in 25 countries, with key management and a corporate office in New York City. We believe we are able to generate impact quickly and power Intelligent OperationsSM for our clients because of our business domain expertise and experience running complex operations, driving our unbiased focus on what works and making technology-enabled transformation sustainable. Behind our passion for technology, process, and operational excellence is the heritage of a former General Electric division that has served GE businesses since 1998. For additional information, visit Follow Genpact on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and YouTube.


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