A New Future for Legal Entity Identification
GLEIF research shows that the process of onboarding client organizations in financial services, including KYC due diligence, is becoming increasingly complex. Research findings confirm: a standardized approach to entity verification using the LEI would make it easier for everyone to participate in the global digital marketplace.Download Research Report
McKinsey & Company and GLEIF White Paper: Creating Business Value with the LEI
The white paper examines the potential path to adoption of the LEI in the private sector to streamline legal entity identification. It explores the business value of the LEI in capital markets, commercial transactions, and the extension of commercial credit.Download White Paper
Legal Entity Identifier Services
The Global LEI Index is the only global online source for open, standardized and high quality legal entity reference data. Any interested party can easily access and search the complete Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) data pool using the web-based search tool developed by GLEIF.
GLEIF makes available key facts, figures and statistics on the global LEI population via interactive graphs and a world map drill down. Get insight at a glance on data such as the total number of LEIs issued to date or the number of LEIs issued in individual countries.
GLEIF continuously optimizes the quality, reliability and usability of LEI data. The GLEIF central challenge facility provides any interested party with the opportunity to trigger the verification and, where required, speedy update of LEI records including related reference data.
One identity behind every business
GLEIF manages a network of partners, the LEI issuing organizations, to provide trusted services and open, reliable data for unique legal entity identification worldwide. GLEIF services ensure the operational integrity of the Global LEI System.
GLEIF believes that ultimately there should be one identity behind every business. Having an LEI will help to achieve this objective. Taking advantage of the Global LEI Index empowers market participants to cut costs, simplify and accelerate operations and gain deeper insight into the global market place.
The LEI initiative is driven by the Group of 20 and the Financial Stability Board (FSB). Created by the FSB in 2014, GLEIF is a supra-national, not-for-profit organization tasked to manage the only open, non-proprietary legal entity identification system designed as a public good.
GLEIF Activities and News
In a press release issued on 20 June 2018, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) stated with regard to the European Union revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) and Regulation (MiFIR), which took effect on 3 January 2018: The temporary period allowing for a smooth introduction of the use of LEIs, “originally brought-in in December 2017, will not be further extended and cease in July 2018. (…) Reporting firms have to use LEIs to report trades under the Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation (MiFIR). The six months period was introduced due to the fact that not all firms succeeded in obtaining LEIs in time for the MiFID II start. (…) The temporary period will last until the 2nd July 2018, including.”
How financial services businesses can speed up KYC processes and work in a more streamlined fashion by adopting an LEI for each client organization