IT’S NOT ENOUGH TO SAY YOU’RE GOOD: YOU HAVE TO BE ABLE TO PROVE IT.
At OSACO Financial we see compliance as an opportunity, not a threat or an unwelcome burden. We see it as an intelligent and common-sense evolution in the way financial institutions operate; an essential part of building the vital trust that makes international trade and economic prosperity possible.
A trust that comes from not just being capable, but being able to demonstrate it beyond doubt.
Strengthening the global financial system will ultimately contribute to greater financial stability and a safer world. It's also true that the de-risking process is having a negative impact on banking in emerging markets.
But we believe there are great opportunities and great rewards for those forward-looking firms ready to act quickly and commit to the challenges of building a fully compliant business.
OSACO Financial is a globally connected firm of highly experienced financial compliance, anti-money laundering and financial crime experts. Based in the United Kingdom, we’re focussed exclusively on emerging financial markets, offering a flexible, cost-effective and step-by-step approach, enabling banks to reach globally recognised standards of financial compliance.
More than 25% of banks surveyed by the World Bank in 2017 reported reductions in Correspondent Banking Relationships (CBRs). Emerging markets are disproportionately affected by this trend, with 30% of sub-Saharanbanks seeing reductions in CBRs. Thisreduction inCBRs is a surface indicator; the challenges faced by emerging market banks are complex. 72%ofemerging market banksreport multiple external challenges reducingtheir ability to serve customers. Compliance Costs and Correspondent Banking-related difficulties were most frequently cited.
Our team includes internationally recognised experts in financial crime prevention, Know You Client (KYC) and Anti-Money Laundering (AML) measures, with extensive experience across major financial centres in Europe and the Far East, including London, Hong Kong and Tokyo.
Along with global peers, most emerging market banks are tackling several compliance issues: expensive implementation of software or system upgrades; limitations in customer information; a lack of harmonization in global, regional and local regulatory requirements; variable data requests from multiple cross-border correspondent banks and a shortage of training or knowledgeable staff, among others. In 2016 banks in countries across a broad range of regions, sizes, and income levels expectedcosts to more than double in 2017.
We don’t do ‘one-size-fits-all’. In our world, no two banks are the same. Unlike many of the giant international audit and consulting companies we offer our clients a cost-effective, individualised approach to projects. We’ll work with you to find out what’s really needed and guide you step-by-step—for just some of the journey, or for all of it.
We’re committed to helping financial organisations work more effectively, with greater transparency and a demonstrable integrity that boosts trust—the ultimate currency in business.
International specialists in financial sector compliance, anti-money laundering & financial crime prevention.
WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY ABOUT US
“World Vision International (WVI) used OSACO to deliver investigations training to our senior regional security staff. Given the quality of the product delivered we certainly intend to develop a longer term relationship with OSACO. I would not hesitate to recommend them to any organisation looking for tailored solutions.”
Partnership Leader - Corporate Security
World Vision International
"We requested OSACO to review and assess potential threats and risks to the All Blacks during Rugby World Cup 2015 and found their input was valuable and that they operated in a very professional manner.”
All Blacks rugby team
THINGS WE BELIEVE
DO NO HARM. We believe that the laws of unintended consequences should be central in the minds of all organisations regardless of their purpose or business
IT’S MOSTLY PREDICTABLE. We believe that the vast majority of human wrong-doing within organisations, or perpetrated against them, is predictable and can be greatly reduced through good foresight, planning, control and monitoring
WE HAVE TO DO BETTER. We believe that the costs of human integrity failures within organisations are not just financial; they cause massive reputation damage and very often incalculable human suffering and misery
WE CAN DO BETTER. We believe that with the right commitment from leaders and stakeholders, organisations can develop their capacity for anticipating and handling human fallibility
WRONG QUESTION. We believe that it’s not a matter of ‘can we afford to address these problems?’ but ‘can we afford NOT to?’
SYSTEMS ALONE WON’T CUT IT. We believe that administrative and technical measures alone (procedures, policies, contracts, channels, hotlines etc.) are insufficient for tackling human fallibility and are no replacement for inspired cultural change, personal supervision, coaching and pastoral care.
A DUTY OF CARE. We believe that organisations have a responsibility to ensure staff are adequately equipped to deal with the exposures, pressures and temptations inherent in their working environment
WE HAVE A PROBLEM, SO LET’S ADMIT IT. We believe that any organisation employing significant numbers of people has, is or will experience damaging staff misconduct, whether or not it is acknowledged and addressed
BE TRANSPARENT. We believe that we have to address the cultures and mindsets of resistance—stigmas, fears and self-preservation—that stop misconduct being reported transparently upwards and addressed in all directions
IT PAYS TO PAY FOR RISK UP FRONT. We believe that failing to address risk in advance, and then clearing up the mess afterwards, is far more painful—in monetary terms and often in human cost
WE CAN’T LOSE FAITH. We believe that a loss of faith in our institutions, structures, accountability and justice is a highly corrosive and damaging force in society; we have to win back trust in good process, step by step