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Why use an official registration agent when applying for an LEI code?

If you are looking for, applying for or renewing an LEI code, you’ll find various web pages offering fast and secure LEI registration services. Most of these websites collect data using online forms and, in the case of official registration agents and Local Operating Units, this data is used to register or renew your LEI […]

LEI registration in other countries

LEI registration process varies between different countries and jurisdictions as not all countries have a local LEI issuer (LOU – Local Operating Unit) and most of the LOUs can issue LEIs only to specific regions. Therefore, the GLEIF has introduced the concept of Registration Agents (RA), where most of the RA-s are directly connected to […]

Global Legal Entity Identifier system

What is a Legal Entity Identifier and why do companies need it? A Legal Entity Identifier code or LEI number is a unique global identification number for a company that is issued by a GLEIF accredited Local Operating Unit. Financial institutions and regulators use LEIs to identify participants in financial markets. According to the MiFID II […]

What are the MiFID II and EMIR and why do they matter?

The MiFID is the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive and has been in force across the world since late 2007. The MiFID sets out: Conduct requirements for businesses and investment firms; Authorisation requirements for regulated markets; Regulatory reporting to avoid market abuse; Trade transparency obligations for shares; and Rules regarding the admission of financial instruments to trading. […]

How do you report a parent-subsidiary relationship?

Since 1 May 2017 entities have been required to disclose direct and ultimate parent company relationships when they apply for a Legal Entity Identifier (an LEI) or when they renew their existing LEI code. Any entity applying for, or renewing, an LEI is required to disclose certain information regarding their parent companies to the Local Operating […]

Regulatory Use of Legal Entity Identifiers. The LEI Regulatory Oversight Committee (LEI ROC)

The potential regulatory benefits associated with a global framework for financial transactions were recognised as early as 20 years prior to the 2008 financial crisis. Prior to the implementation of the Global LEI System, each country was responsible for implementing its own framework to track financial transactions. The ad hoc nature of the previous system […]

When do you need a Legal Entity Identifier?

The Reserve Bank of India has mandated the use of LEIs by all companies trading in Over-the-Counter (OTC) markets for Rupee Interest Rate derivatives, foreign currency derivatives and credit derivatives in India. Mandatory use of LEIs was phased in between August 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018, as per the RBI Notification dated June 1, […]

Machine-Readable LEIs trust in corporate transactions

The Global LEI Foundation (GLEIF) has given us a glimpse of what’s to come. The organisation’s alphanumeric LEI code was embedded into its 2018 financial report. It’s the first official business report to have verified LEI reference data published with the electronic version of the document.  The report was also published with the embedded signatures […]

The business benefits of LEI adoption

LEIs are quickly being adopted by jurisdictions around the world. The unique 20-digit codes are now mandatory for many companies operating within Europe, North America, Australia, and Asia. While registering for an LEI may be compulsory for your company, the widespread adoption of LEIs comes with a host of benefits for financial services businesses. Promoting […]

The role of LEI adoption in economic growth

Just over a decade on, aftershocks from the 2008 global financial crisis are still being felt. It is becoming easier to imagine that the global economy has returned to normal – the European Union has experienced economic growth for seven consecutive years; the US stock market set a record in August 2018 for the longest-running […]