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Rabobank invests in Hawk, leading provider of AI-powered technology for fraud prevention and anti-money laundering

17 iunie 2024

Hawk announced the extension of its Series B financing, „with a substantial increase in valuation” – according to the press release. The extension sees Rabo Investments joining existing investors BlackFin Capital Partners, Sands Capital, DN, Picus, and Coalition.

„The funding will further accelerate Hawk’s international growth, as demand for AI-powered anti-financial crime technology soars. Hawk’s explainable AI enables financial institutions to dramatically increase the effectiveness of their financial crime detection and prevention capabilities and maintain regulatory AML/CFT compliance.” – the company explained.

Rabobank has been working with machine learning applications for many years. What impressed us most about Hawk is that they’re delivering compelling results using explainable AI. Their advanced screening, detection and monitoring capabilities align very well with our mission to build a more secure and robust financial ecosystem,” said Martijn Scholtes, Managing Director at Rabo Investments.

What is exceptional about Hawk is their ability to deliver innovative technology in a way that is safe and reassuring for enterprises in the financial sector. It’s exciting to see the results they’re delivering and we’re very pleased to be part of their continued growth,” said Maxime Mandin, Managing Director at BlackFin Capital Partners.

We have great confidence in the transformative potential of Hawk,” said Chris Eng, Principal at Sands Capital. “Their cutting-edge technology and unparalleled executive team are driving significant advancements in global anti-financial crime efforts. Financial institutions and regulators are recognizing that the time for AI is now, and Hawk continues to play a leading role in that evolution.”

We’re honored that Rabobank has recognized the significance of our technology and joins us in building a global market-leading enterprise, while also benefiting first-hand from our solutions and experience,” said Tobias Schweiger, CEO of Hawk. „I would also like to gratefully thank our existing investors for their ongoing support and look forward to continuing our partnership.”

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Founded in 2018 by finance industry veterans, Hawk has rapidly scaled globally and currently monitors or screens billions of transactions worldwide. The company’s explainable AI approach has proven to be a game-changer in the industry, enabling financial institutions to drastically reduce false positive rates compared to traditional AML/CFT solutions, while also detecting more unseen and novel crime. Hawk’s modular solution can either enhance or replace traditional rules-based systems with AI-powered transaction monitoring, payment screening, pKYC, and fraud prevention in real-time to deliver greater accuracy and reduced noise.

In 2023 the bank celebrated 125 years of the cooperative Rabobank. In 2023, Rabobank reported a strong net profit of EUR 4,377 million compared to EUR 2,403 million in 2022.

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