Israel’s ThetaRay to monitor transactions for UAE’s Mashreq Bank

UAE bank contract marks expansion of ThetaRay's AI-driven solution into Middle East financial institutions

CTech 10:0114.02.22
Mashreq Bank of the UAE and Israeli company ThetaRay announced on Monday that they will collaborate in transaction monitoring. The implementation of ThetaRay’s AI-driven solution allows safe and secure cross-border payment transfers for correspondent banking with protection from financial crime.


The collaboration between the UAE bank and ThetaRay came to fruition thanks to the Abraham Accords that were signed in September 2020 to normalize relations between Israel and the UAE, Bahrain, Sudan, and Morocco.


ThetaRay CEO Mark Gazit. Photo: Ener Green ThetaRay CEO Mark Gazit. Photo: Ener Green


“ThetaRay’s technology, underpinned by advanced machine-learning based models complementing rules, sets the foundation for next generation transaction monitoring,” said Scott Ramsay, Group Head of Compliance and Bank MLRO of Mashreq Bank. “By combining speed and agility with efficiency, it allows banks to effectively thwart financial crime risks in the increasingly complex space of cross-border payments.”


ThetaRay, which raised $31 million last May, taking its total funding to $90 million, claims its solution allows banks and fintechs to reduce total cost of ownership (TCO), rapidly expand revenues, improve customer service, and speed ROI from months to only days.


“Mashreq Bank is our first customer in the UAE,” said Mark Gazit, CEO of ThetaRay. “We look forward to accelerating collaboration with additional financial institutions in the UAE and the entire Middle East, as part of the continued expansion of ThetaRay’s global reach.”