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AML Specialist Refine Intelligence Raises $13 Million in Seed Funding to Fuel Global Growth

AML Specialist Refine Intelligence Raises $13 Million in Seed Funding to Fuel Global Growth
  • Financial crime and AML specialist Refine Intelligence has raised $13 million in funding.
  • The round was led by Glilot Capital Partners and Fin Capital. The capital will be used to fuel international expansion.
  • Refine Intelligence made its Finovate debut at FinovateEurope earlier this year in London.

Financial crime solution provider Refine Intelligence has secured an investment of $13 million. The funding round was led by Glilot Capital Partners of Tel Aviv, Israel, and FinCapital of San Francisco, California. Also participating in the round were SYN Ventures and Ground Up Ventures, among others. The company, which made its Finovate debut earlier this year at FinovateEurope in London, will use the capital to help fuel international expansion.

“Banks used to have a superpower: knowing their customers’ life stories so they could provide personalized financial service,” Refine Intelligence CEO Uri Rivner said. “With banking increasingly done online and a significant drop in face-to-face interactions, banks’ understanding of customer behavior is limited.”

To this end, Rivner explained, Refine Intelligence helps banks better identify the false alarms that can be inadvertently triggered by otherwise legitimate customer activity. This strategy of helping banks “catch the good guys,” as Refine Intelligence puts it, enables financial fraud teams to focus on truly suspicious behavior.

The list of transactions that most often trigger false alarms is fairly alarming in its own right. According to Refine Intelligence, 64% of all AML alerts come from just five scenarios: payments for cash-intensive workers, gift giving or receiving, automobile purchases or sales, and payment for construction projects. Devoting resources to the false alarms that plague these transactions is a time-consuming and inefficient process that Refine Intelligence helps eliminate for banks.

Founded in 2033, Refine Intelligence made its Finovate debut earlier this year at FinovateEurope in London. At the conference, the company demoed its Life Story Analytics solution. An anti-money laundering solution “designed for real life,” Life Story Analytics leverages AI to identify the “life story” behind any alert issued by the transaction monitoring system. The technology automatically explains the issue with the transaction in question to the fraud monitoring team. This enables teams to clear alerts faster, provide full explainability to regulators, lower caseload, and improve overall risk management. Refine Intelligence says the technology has produced a 90% reduction in time and resources devoted to managing alerts.

In addition to the company’s recent funding, Refine Intelligence was recognized this summer in the AI FinTech100. The roster highlights companies in financial services that are innovating in the field of AI.

Read our Finovate Global interview with Refine Intelligence CEO Uri Rivner. Long time fintech fans may recall that Uri Rivner previously founded behavioral biometrics company and Finovate alum, BioCatch.

Looking to demo your latest fintech innovation? Applications are now being accepted for demoing companies at FinovateEurope in London, February 27 and 28, 2024. Visit our FinovateEurope hub for more!

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