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Does Your Client Need an LEI?

New EU rules (MiFID II/MIFIR) take effect on 3 January 2018. According to MiFIR, investment firms should obtain Legal Entity Identifiers (LEIs) from their clients before providing services which would trigger related reporting obligations. Help your clients to access the network of LEI issuers.

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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.

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One identity behind every business

GLEIF Mission

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.

Our Vision

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.

Governance Structure

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.

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GLEIF Activities and News

GLEIF Video Date: 2017-11-20 GLEIF Webcast ‘Creating Business Value with the LEI’

On 16 November 2017, GLEIF hosted a webinar covering the following topics: We took the opportunity to remind market participants again to obtain an LEI in readiness of the European Union revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive and Regulation (MiFID II / MiFIR) applicable from 3 January 2018 onwards. We also offered insight on how we continuously increase the information available within the LEI data pool, achieve data quality and make it ever easier for data users to access information. In addition, we summarized the main findings of research into LEIs carried out by McKinsey & Company and GLEIF, which examines potential use cases of the LEI in the process of streamlining legal entity identification. Together with the recording, we make available for download the slides tabled at this webinar.

GLEIF Blog Date: 2017-11-14 GLEIF Published the Quarterly Global LEI System Business Report Covering the Third Quarter of 2017

The Global LEI System Business Reports highlight main trends relevant to the adoption of the LEI and provide in-depth analysis of the LEI data pool