IBT Hottest Fintech Startups 2021
17 March 2021
UGR is on International Business Times (IBT Media) hottest Fintech Startups 2021 list , an exclusive club of fintech disruptors and innovators leveraging ideas and cutting-edge technology in digital payments, cryptocurrency adoption, wealth management and digital business models, who are helping to create a smarter, inclusive world.
UGR nominated as a Top FinTech Company
14 January 2021
UGR has been nominated as a top FinTech company by Daily Finance, an honor to be among top picks for the best New Jersey based FinTech (Financial Technology) companies. We have been selected from cutting edge startups to established brands for exceptional performance in innovation, growth, management leadership and societal impact.
UGR Consulting partners with Ospree
10 September 2020
UGR partners with Ospree, a Singapore based cloud platform company that operates as Software-as-a-Service, offering powerful, integral B2B solutions to create a full-stack compliance ecosystem in only a few steps and without technical complications. The company serves customers in the digital-asset industry, permitting teams to comply with complex Anti–Money Laundering (AML) and Counter-Terrorism Financing (CTF) requirements at the global and local levels. The platform provides various modules to automate and orchestrate compliance processes, including whitelisting, monitoring, case management, smart-rules, and reporting.
UGR partners with DIRO
9 July 2020
DIRO's award-winning FinTech solves for Instant Bank Account Verification and more, easily verifying any person or information from any bank, utility company, or government globally. DIRO's technology captures original documents online directly from the original source. It holds a stronger proof of information authenticity than sharing and verifying original copies in person or uploading copies online.
UGR partners with Elliptic
24 October 2019
UGR Consulting partners with Elliptic, a global blockchain analytics company which empowers financial institutions and crypto businesses to confidently manage risk and meet AML regulatory compliance worldwide. Elliptic makes cryptocurrency transaction activity more transparent and accountable.
3 Questions to Hourad Afsar Founder & CEO of UGR Consulting
17 June 2019
Havas Blockchain interviews key figures in the Blockchain ecosystem.
UGR partners with SurveilLens
10 February 2019
UGR Consulting partners with SurveiLens, a leading New York based company offering enterprise and risk monitoring platform that combines machine learning and data analytics to manage risk and maintain compliance.
UGR will be speaking at the Blockchain & AI event in Princeton NJ
29 November 2018
UGR Consulting will be speaking at the Blockchain & AI event in Princeton NJ.
How Blockchain Technology will disrupt your business and your industry.
UGR partners with Netki
8 October 2018
UGR is proud to announce a strategic partnership with Netki, a Los Angeles-based company which is the only KYC-AML compliance technology provider developing remote identity verification solutions purpose-built for the blockchain era.
Netki’s scalable, flexible, automated technology increases trust in regulated transactions on the parts of sellers, buyers and regulators.
Their products are included in the IBM blockchain ecosystem, PwC Australia's Digital Asset Services and the Bitt mobile wallet.
UGR Consulting will be speaking at the Crypto Funding Summit in New York
25 July 2018
UGR Consulting will be speaking at the Crypto Funding Summit in New York.
We will cover AML/KYC challenges and solutions for the blockchain space.
UGR partners with ComplyAdvantage
9 March 2018
UGR Consulting is proud to announce today that it has partnered with ComplyAdvantage to combine leading Subject Matter Expert Advisory in AML and Financial Crime with next generation AI-driven risk data and AML screening & monitoring technology.
This partnership will empower compliance professionals with a more holistic picture of financial crime risk to fight money laundering and protect their reputation whilst complying with regulations relating to sanctions, anti-money laundering (AML) and counter-terrorist financing (CTF).
UGR Consulting is a leading and fast-growing boutique consulting firm in the compliance and FinTech space. Our platform connects companies with top Next-Gen Compliance Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) and top-tier RegTech solutions to cover the full spectrum of compliance risk in multiple jurisdictions. .
Hourad Afsar, Founder & CEO of UGR Consulting said: “We are very excited about this strategic partnership. We believe in superior Subject Matter Expertise when dealing with AML challenges and technology. ComplyAdvantage is the world’s leading RegTech company with next-generation real-time solutions and working together will better help organizations in mitigating their financial crime risk.”
Charles Delingpole, Founder & CEO of ComplyAdvantage said: “Complementing human expertise with the latest technology is the future of fighting financial crime. We are really excited to work with Hourad and his brilliant team to bring next generation AML/BSA compliance to firms across the US, today.”
ComplyAdvantage is the world’s only provider of AI-driven risk data on individuals, organizations and associated entities that pose a financial crime risk. They monitor tens of thousands of structured and unstructured data sources to provide dynamic real-time insight into risk indicators including sanctions, Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs), watch lists and adverse media.
Their solutions enable companies to improve how they onboard and monitor clients, screen payments and monitor transactions by reducing false positives and speeding up processes, all delivered by flexible modern APIs.
Founded in 2014 with offices in New York City, USA and London, UK ComplyAdvantage works globally with some 300 firms in the financial markets and other regulated high-risk sectors
Compliance and Risk Forum 2016 in Atlanta GA
October 26, 2016
Choosing And Monitoring Your Third Parties And Gatekeepers
Reports indicate that 90 percent of the U.S. Department of Justice enforcements involve third parties. As many relationships were vetted years ago when standards of diligence were less prudent, businesses must institute a process for reevaluating third party engagements as well as for bringing on new partners and agents. For businesses that are looking to determine the level of risk they are willing to bear, they must consider a range of questions and during this session our panel will explore considerations including:
What are the criteria to screen against?
How has this changed and evolved over recent months?
Are you reviewing established relationships?
When and how often do you undertake enhanced due diligence?
Hourad Afsar, Founder and CEO, UGR Consulting LLC
Thomson Reuters Annual Financial and Risk Summit in New York
May 4, 2016
Keeping your organization in front of global bribery and corruption regulatory changes with Hourad Afsar
While the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) is still the most widely recognized anti-bribery and anti-corruption law globally, there have been a number of recent initiatives which are driving greater enforcement. This has led organizations to increase their focus on eliminating potential acts of bribery and corruption. Find out about the long arm of global regulatory pressure, extending beyond existing FCPA and UK Bribery Act requirements, to include international OECD guidelines and a range of local anti-bribery laws. And more importantly, join this discussion about how to incorporate effective vetting and monitoring of your third-party relationships in order to keep your organization in compliance.
Hourad Afsar , Founder & CEO, UGR Consulting LLC