What is Light KYB?

“KYB” stands for “Know Your Business,” which is a principle used in the financial industry to verify the identity and assess the risk of business customers. This is akin to “KYC” (Know Your Customer) but is specifically oriented towards business clients. KYB processes are crucial in preventing and identifying potential money laundering, terrorist financing, and other illicit activities.

In the context of “light” KYB versus regular KYB, the distinction typically pertains to the depth and breadth of the verification and due diligence processes.

Light KYB

  • Basic Verification: Light KYB usually involves basic verification of the business. This might include checking the business name, registration number, registered address, and possibly some information about the directors.
  • Lower Risk: It is often applied to businesses that are perceived to be of lower risk, either due to their size, industry, or the nature of their transactions.
  • Simplified Due Diligence: The due diligence process is usually simplified and might not delve deeply into the ownership structure or financial dealings of the business.
  • Quick Onboarding: Light KYB is often used in contexts where quick customer onboarding is a priority and the perceived risks are manageable.

Regular KYB

  • Comprehensive Verification: Regular KYB involves a more thorough verification process. This includes verifying the business’s details, understanding its ownership structure, and checking the identities of the beneficial owners and senior managing officials.
  • Risk Assessment: It involves a detailed risk assessment, which takes into account the business’s activities, transaction volumes, and geographies it operates in.
  • Enhanced Due Diligence: For businesses that are perceived to be higher risk, enhanced due diligence processes may be applied. This could involve a deeper examination of the business’s financial transactions, relationships, and regularity compliance.
  • Ongoing Monitoring: Regular KYB also involves ongoing monitoring of the business relationship and its transactions to ensure that they are consistent with the business’s profile and risk assessment.


  1. Depth of Verification:
    • Light KYB: Basic and surface-level verification.
    • Regular KYB: In-depth verification and due diligence.
  2. Risk Management:
    • Light KYB: Generally for lower-risk businesses.
    • Regular KYB: Applicable to all businesses, with enhanced measures for higher-risk entities.
  3. Time and Resources:
    • Light KYB: Less time and resources-intensive.
    • Regular KYB: Can be resource-intensive due to thorough checks and ongoing monitoring.
  4. Regulatory Compliance:
    • Light KYB: May be sufficient for businesses with lower regulatory scrutiny.
    • Regular KYB: Essential for maintaining compliance with stringent regulatory requirements.
  5. Customer Onboarding:
    • Light KYB: Faster onboarding due to simplified checks.
    • Regular KYB: May involve a longer onboarding process due to detailed verifications.

It’s crucial to note that the specific processes and requirements for light and regular KYB can vary significantly depending on the jurisdiction and specific regulatory framework. Always ensure that KYB processes are in compliance with local laws and international standards.

This page was last updated on October 15, 2023.

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