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About Astrus
Global transactions and regulatory scrutiny increasingly compel companies to examine their business relationships in order to assess risk and comply with regulatory mandates. Failure adequately to investigate agents, business partners, and clients and to understand how they operate can expose organizations to reputational damage, operational risk, government investigations, financial penalties and potential criminal liability.

How KPMG Can Help

Astrus, KPMG's secure on-line due diligence portal, provides a robust and cost-efficient way to obtain information and assess risks associated with customers, agents and counterparties. Astrus uses advanced search technology to cover an extensive range of on-line public data sources, including global sanctions and regulatory enforcement lists, corporate records, court filings, and press and media archives. Important integrity and reputational information on subjects is identified and interpreted by dedicated KPMG analysts. Astrus leverages the collective knowledge of KPMG's Corporate Intelligence teams globally to help clients assess reputational, regulatory and jurisdictional risk.

You can use Astrus to:
  • Help manage integrity risks arising from business with customers, such as money laundering or proceeds of crime as part of an anti-money laundering (AML) / Know Your Customer (KYC) process, and in order to comply with legislation such as the United States PATRIOT Act
  • Proactively manage integrity risks arising from business you conduct via third parties, such as agents, intermediaries or brokers, including corruption risks. Astrus reports can be used to support compliance with legislation such as the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the UK Bribery Act and the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention
  • Identify Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs) or state-owned entities (SOEs) you may be dealing with
  • Help inform your decision-making in response to Counter-Terrorist Financing (CTF) legislation and financial sanctions
  • Investigate the track record and probity of an organization or individual to assess their suitability as a supplier/vendor or business partner.
KPMG offers a range of different report levels, depending on the risk profile of the subject you are dealing with:
Astrus Enhanced Due Diligence report
Astrus provides access to fast-turnaround, fixed-price, standard scope enhanced due diligence reports. These reports are suitable in situations where an overview of a wide range of on-line public data sources is required, in particular to identify apparent “red flags” or integrity warning indicators.
Full integrity due diligence report
Our full integrity due diligence reports, available via your regional KPMG Corporate Intelligence representative listed above, provide access to the complete range of KPMG's Corporate Intelligence services. Full integrity due diligence reports may be relevant:

  • If you are entering into a significant, high-profile, or higher risk transaction

  • The subject of the investigation is located in a low disclosure jurisdiction, or a jurisdiction where objective or reliable on-line public records information is limited

  • The subject of the investigation is involved in a high risk industry

  • You are already aware of potential issues or concerns, and require a deeper investigation of the issues.

Our full integrity due diligence reports are bespoke and are designed to address your key integrity concerns. They generally involve the retrieval and assessment of manually-held public records and enquiries with informed local contacts. These reports provide greater depth, country and cultural context and a detailed assessment of the relevance and importance of issues identified.

The provision of KPMG's full integrity due diligence reports is subject to standard engagement procedures and acceptance processes.
Regional Contacts
Europe
Adrian Ford
+44 (0) 20 7311 3808 (O)
+44 (0) 7768 837145 (M)

Haris Kondylis
+44 (0) 20 7694 5989 (O)
+44 (0) 7776 171927 (M)

Americas
Graham Murphy
+ 1 (312) 665 1840 (O)
+ 1 (312) 342 9167 (M)

Laura Durkin
+ 1 (212) 872 5779 (O)
+ 1 (917) 226 4990 (M)

Jilane Khakhar
+ 1 (212) 954 1181 (O)
+ 1 (201) 961 5077 (M)


ASTRUS INSIGHTS


Astrus Insights analyses how factors such as background details of an organization, its directors, shareholders, ultimate beneficial owners and litigation information need to be considered to understand the full extent of an organization's integrity risks. In this first edition of Astrus Insights, KPMG provides insight based on data sourced from nearly 8,000 integrity due diligence reports covering 172 countries. Click here to access Astrus Insights Edition 1.