Barclays, Goldman Sachs, HSBC and Morgan Stanley have taken a stake in KYP3, a kind of Yellow Pages of finance.
IHS Markit, the company behind KYP3, announced Tuesday that the four banks had joined together to do the deal. Goldman Sachs will contribute intellectual property and join the other three banks as a design partner.
Markit launched KYP3, which stands for Know Your Third Party, back in 2015, aiming to create a central repository for information required for client or vendor due diligence. The idea was to cut down on the amount of time it takes to cement a new commercial relationship, and reduce unnecessary, replicative requests for information.
Since then, the platform, which has 15,000 vendor profiles available on the platform, has landed 75 signed customers. Markit merged with IHS in 2016.
“The relationship with KY3P will help us maintain the necessary oversight required in a consistent and efficient manner,” Al Williams, chief procurement officer at Barclays, said. “The further benefit of working with other financial institutions ensures an increasingly standardized approach for our suppliers.”