ComplyAdvantage vs Unit21

Looking for a ComplyAdvantage Alternative?

In the risk & compliance space, many companies like ComplyAdvantage have been selling their enterprise software for years. But long support ticket wait times, product inflexibility, and unreliable SAR reporting automation might be a deal-breaker for you.

If you want a ComplyAdvantage alternative that allows you to:

  • Ingest any type of data into a central location to streamline investigations
  • Update rules without vendor intervention 
  • File SARs to FinCEN and goAML using automation

Then you should take a look at Unit21’s infrastructure for risk & compliance teams. With Unit21, you can:

  • Visualize all your ingested data for efficient investigations
  • Create, test & launch new rules within minutes
  • Make fast decisions without logging into multiple systems

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How Unit21 Compares to ComplyAdvantage


Data Ingestion

Data ingestion via API

Data flexibility: Ingesting of all your data including custom and standard fields

Single Pane view of all your transaction, KYC/KYB alerts and any 3rd party data

Transaction Monitoring

Out of box rules for transaction monitoring

Self-serve administration of rules: create and launch rules by yourself

Shadow Mode for comprehensive testing of rules before launch

Fraud detection models to assess ATO, card fraud & fraud rings

Case Management

Adverse media screening

Alert Prioritization: Using Machine Learning to identify true positives

Automated SAR Filing

Link Analysis to detect fraud rings 

Team & Alert Reporting

Agent Queues 

Unit21’s Superpowers

Ingest Data with Ease

Unit21 allows you to ingest all of your data, including any custom data or data from 3rd-party providers, into our system using a simple API. Once added to the infrastructure, users can easily visualize transactions, KYC/KYB information, and more in a single pane view. This gives teams a 360-view of their risk & compliance program without having to log out to make a decision.

Monitor Transactions and More

Today’s risk & compliance teams need to monitor more than just transactions to uncover instances of fraud, money laundering, or other financial crimes. Many non-monetary data sources can provide more context into transactions that are not often captured, such as behaviors and device information.

Unit21’s data monitoring allows teams to see beyond transaction data to make informed decisions. Our flexible system can be customized by risk & compliance teams themselves, without help from engineers or vendor intervention. Unit21 also offers machine learning-powered tools like alert scoring to help teams prioritize the most meaningful alerts, reducing backlogs and improving efficiency. 

Streamline Investigations

Unit21 streamlines investigations with a highly customizable and automated system of record for customer risk and reviews. To make it simple, the solution also automates SAR e-filing directly to FinCEN.

Connected to both Onboarding Orchestration and Data Monitoring, our integrated case management solution enables risk & compliance teams to conduct their investigations in a single location Unit21 also enables teams to visualize how users are connected to others using network and link analysis.

Reduce False Positives

Within Unit21’s risk & compliance infrastructure, teams can test their rules using shadow mode: a feature that allows rules to be backtested against historical data or forward-tested against current data for model validation. Testing rules before deployment allows you to uncover any possible issues with rule functionality so it can be adjusted as needed.

This leads to reduced false positive rates and more effective rules. Unit21 also creates feedback loops via tagging and data labeling, so that agent reviews can inform rule logic to increase true positive rates and reduce repetitive reviews.

Why Choose Unit21 Over ComplyAdvantage?

ComplyAdvantage offers the basics for AML & Fraud transaction monitoring, but we’ve heard from customers who have made the switch to Unit21 that ComplyAdvantage falls short in key areas like investigation, eliminating false positives, and regulatory filing.

Effectively stopping bad actors requires risk & compliance teams to view all data in a single pane, test rules before deployment to reduce false positives, be able to update rules quickly without vendor assistance to catch evolving fraud schemes, and efficiently submit regulatory reports.


Flexible Rules

  • Input your own custom data and create rules specific to your organization.
  • Create, update, and optimize rules all without the help of engineering support or vendor assistance.
  • Use your own fraud signals to write rules on anything from devices to emails to IP addresses.


  • Pre-population of SAR form (including Narrative templatization)
  • Reporting to banking partners
  • Audit trail for any action on any rule, alert, case, or SAR filing

Centralized Data

  • Ingest any type of data into a central location to streamline investigations
  • Visualize all your ingested data for efficient investigations
  • Use your data to analyze users’ interactions or overlaps with others

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Trusted by leading Fintechs, Banks, Payments Companies, and Cryptos

Trusted by startups and the world's largest companies

"We qualified every solution possible. The flexibility and automation of the Unit21 platform made the decision simple. Unit21 is extremely data agnostic, which means we don't need to wait for months to integrate."

Jerry Chou
Chief Compliance Officer at Line

reduction in false-positives
within 90 days of using

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“When rules are capturing fraud fast, you’re creating a good impact for your customers. We’re also able to empower our fraud team so they feel more confident and creative. They aren’t manually looking for alerts and can push the limits of their capabilities."

Alex Faivusovich
Head of Fraud Risk at Lili

reduction in fraud loss
and cut investigation
time by 75% with Unit21

“Unit21’s platform is actually built with the customer in mind. Unit21 was also very easy to integrate. We easily saved months of engineering effort if we built this on our own. The case for ‘buy’ has never been more straightforward.”

Erika Roodsari
Head of Risk Products at Intuit

reduction in alert
investigations times

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"Unit21 is solving our biggest problem by monitoring hundreds of thousands of customer accounts. And the best thing is that we have been able to achieve a steady 15% false positive rate. That is a huge deal in an industry where 90 - 95% is the norm."

Kailey Klein
Compliance and AML Officer at Bakkt

false-positive rate
achieved with Unit21
and reduced SAR filing
time by 78%

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