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What is new Compliance Catalyst?

Your data, the best entity data powered by Orbis, and smarter due diligence screening powered by Grid. Compliance Catalyst offers flexible due diligence screening – both automated and enhanced. It’s a game changer, because nothing else combines data, technology and people power in a single platform.

It streamlines your know your customer (KYC), anti-money laundering (AML) and anti-bribery and corruption (ABAC) research, and makes your client onboarding and customer due diligence more efficient.

Our new, enhanced Compliance Catalyst is a complete risk platform. It’s scalable, fast and includes a range of modules so you can build your own solution.

It runs entities and individuals through a series of checks that you can audit and automate to help you identify risk quickly. Get started straightaway with our out-of-the-box models, or configure models to suit your risk profiles and appetite.

Compliance Catalyst is powered by the Orbis entity database. It also includes curated risk data from Grid, a risk database of adverse media, sanctions, watchlists and PEPs.

Alongside this you can combine your own data, and data from your customers, into your analyses. For more complex entities you can push research directly to an integrated and enhanced due diligence service.

Compliance Catalyst process

Grid – the comprehensive data behind smarter screening

Grid logoGrid is a risk database of adverse media, sanctions, watchlists and PEPs. This comprehensive curation of risk information, and risk events, delivers relevant data in structured and detailed reports. 

Grid’s combination of data and categorization means you can filter content by risk type, risk stage and risk age, based on relevance and your own preferences.  

Grid contains over 3 billion media articles that are highly categorized by more than 50 risk codes and 30 risk stages. 

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Watch how new Compliance Catalyst works

This four-minute video shows you how new Compliance Catalyst can help you make better, faster decisions.

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Integrated platform

What sets Compliance Catalyst apart is it that it’s an integrated solution. It combines your data, the best entity data from Orbis, and smarter due diligence screening powered by Grid — all in one place. Your own data can include feeds via Web Services, or you can integrate automated e-forms and questionnaires to incorporate data from your clients and onboarding entities themselves. And to complement Compliance Catalyst’s risk reporting you can choose to employ its integrated enhanced due diligence.

An instant KYC company report and risk preview

As soon as you’ve completed the entity resolution step – linking your subject company to the correct entity in Orbis – you’ll get an instant screening powered by Grid against PEPs, sanctions and other watchlists, adverse media, plus a succinct overview of compliance relevant data, all visible before you’ve even started your risk assessment.

Out-of-the-box or detailed customization

You can get started straightaway with our range of out-of-the-box models or configure models to suit your risk profiles. The models are simple to use and are part of the self-serve concept that means you can manage your Compliance Catalyst customization, workflow and uploads without relying on us or other third-parties.

Enhanced alerts

New Compliance Catalyst has significantly enhanced alerts that are easier to dismiss in bulk, can be adapted for sensitivity and use machine learning to contextualize adverse news to help minimize false positive alerts.


Dashboards give a clear overview of your entire portfolio and management views on research in progress, and resolved and unresolved alerts.

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Key benefits

  • Compliance Catalyst has an intuitive and fast new user experience.
  • It’s powered by Orbis, so you get access to the best entity data to help you make better, faster decisions.
  • It includes curated risk data from Grid for smarter screening of PEPs, sanctions and adverse media.
  • It helps you spot and escalate risk more quickly and focus your resources on higher risk cases.
  • It’s a self-serve user experience. You can now batch upload large numbers of companies, and work with the models without external support.
  • Your data is centralized, with audit trails and it’s easier to manage and report on. And your data, workflow, risk profiles and compliance policies are all embedded into the platform.
  • You can choose from light-touch assessments or “full works” analysis – and anything in between. It’s a scalable solution and ideal for small and large portfolios, and it’s suitable for a broad range of users, including sales, analysts, non-experts and those new to compliance. Compliance Catalyst gives you the flexibility to build the right solution for your portfolio and your stakeholders.

Build your own Compliance Catalyst

Create your own workflows – choose your own modules – develop your own automation

Create your own workflow, triggers and dataset combinations and choose from a wide range of modules. Your Compliance Catalyst can be as simple or as sophisticated as you like, and suitable for your internal user base from pre-sales look ups to detailed and enhanced due diligence.

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The modules

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The modules

Optimize Compliance Catalyst for your organization, audience and risk profiles.

Entity resolution

Confirm your entity against the huge Orbis universe of entity data, including companies (private and listed), banks and financial institutions, sole proprietorships, insurance companies, non-bank financial institutions, marine vessels, and individuals. Orbis only has official entity names (with their unique identifier numbers) and searching is simple and fast. So, once you’ve matched your subject entity to the correct record in Orbis, you can be confident your ongoing analysis is based on the appropriate legal entity and its associated data. And this works for your self-serve batch uploads too.

Adverse media tool

See filtered, relevant news relating to your subject company, individuals and your portfolio, plus curated adverse media risk data from Grid. Recent innovations mean the adverse media tool is powered by machine learning resulting in more accurate identification of a genuine negative sentiment, reducing false positives and erroneous stories.

Enhanced due diligence

If your screening suggests you need to take a closer look at higher risk entities or individuals, you can use the workflow to send it straight to your own analysts or our enhanced due diligence (EDD) service.

API web service

This automates the appearance of data from your own systems into Compliance Catalyst via an API for smooth integration with your internal systems.


According to OFAC’s 50% rule, companies who may not be sanctioned in their own right can still be subject to sanctions due to their connection to sanctioned corporations or individuals. Our ownership data and tools can help you identify the entities who are “sanctioned by extension”.

Shareholder power

The Power Score looks deeper than just volume of ownership. It helps you locate and identify powerful shareholders who are easily overlooked because they’re not legal and/or beneficial owners.

Ownership Explorer

This dynamic data visualization tool gives you navigable bottom-up and top-down views of complex ownerships structures. It has filters and colour coding to make corporate structures come alive for easy analysis.

Conflict/affiliation checker

Pathfinder, powered by Orbis, helps you carry out quick conflict checking and onboarding. It can reveal links between companies and groups, or with blacklists you’re monitoring, giving you the bigger picture.

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Orbis: powering Compliance Catalyst

Orbis offers the most extensive company information and corporate structures, combined with adverse data, to deliver new levels of certainty on your third parties. And you can create flexible alerts on these datasets to continue to monitor for risk and change.

Unique identifiers

These include the BvD ID numbers, local ID numbers, plus other recognized systems including LEIs and GIINs.

Corporate ownership structures and beneficial ownership

Our carefully sourced, treated and structured ownership data helps you learn more about the ownership structures of individual companies, as well as their corporate group. Where possible, information is date-stamped and the source indicated. You can see changes over time and archived ownership. You can also define beneficial ownership to be consistent with your internal or local regulatory requirements.

Individuals affiliated to companies

Orbis offers an extensive database of relevant people within or connected to companies, including: directors, advisors, auditors, board members and senior managers. We show their current and previous positions as well as their connections to other individuals in Orbis.

Financial data and financial strength metrics

Orbis’s standardized financials and financial models, show you financial viability and predictive indicators of a company’s financial strength.

News and adverse news filter

Orbis includes a huge range of news sources and algorithms to show stories with a negative sentiment. This is now powered by Moody’s Analytics Accelerator’s ML Fabric to harness the power of artificial intelligence to deliver the most relevant news stories and to reduce incidences of false positive news – across multiple languages.

PEPs, sanctions and other watchlists

We flag individuals and companies that are matched against PEPs and sanctions lists and provide the details to help you to verify them. And we make it easy for you to screen our entire corporate groups for matches to PEPs and sanction data and other watchlists.

Adverse news and curated risk data

Grid is a comprehensive curation of adverse media, PEPs, monitored watch lists, sanctions and screening. Grid has detailed categories including terrorism, human trafficking, organized crime, cyber crime and environmental crime. These categories align to the AML 6 Predicate Offences and FATF Designated Category of Offences.
It contains over 3 billion media articles that are highly categorized by more than 50 risk codes and 30 risk stages. It powers smarter screening in Compliance Catalyst and delivers more accurate and relevant results.

ESG reputational risk data

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) risk data and metrics, to assess the reputational risk associated with companies to help decide whether to work with them.

Marine vessels

Track whether specific vessels appear on sanctions lists and how they are linked to entities.

Original documents

  • Locally filed “scanned images”
  • The ability to order copies of official business documents from around the world
  • PDFs of annual reports
  • Links to documents filed at registries

Other company information

  • Indications that an entity has been awarded a public tender
  • Legal status, date of incorporation, an entity’s industry and country/political regime
  • AML documents for financial institutions

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