GLEIF – Global Legal Entity Identifier Foundation

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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 Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) would make it easier for everyone to participate in the global digital marketplace.

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Advancing Digital Entity Identification with the LEI

With publication of its 2018 annual report, GLEIF has pioneered the inclusion of LEIs in machine-readable financial reports. Embedding an organization’s LEI – or that of its affiliates, subsidiaries and parent companies – within digital financial information, allows market participants who rely on official documents to inform strategic decisions (e.g. traders, investors, regulators) to quickly and easily consolidate and verify information on a filing entity.

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One global 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 each business worldwide should have only one global identity. This identity should include a digital identity. 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.

GLEIF Activities and News

Global LEI System Standards Date: 2019-05-23 LEI Regulatory Oversight Committee Published Policy on Fund Relationships

The LEI Regulatory Oversight Committee has published the ‘Policy on Fund Relationships and Guidelines for the Registration of Investment Funds in the Global LEI System’. As stated in the policy, “the report describes a limited update to the way relationships affecting investment funds are recorded in the Global LEI System (GLEIS), with the objectives of making sure that the implementation of relationship data is consistent throughout the GLEIS and providing a means to facilitate a standardized collection of fund relationship information at the global level.”

GLEIF Blog Date: 2019-05-22 GLEIF Pioneers the Inclusion of LEIs in Machine-Readable Financial Reports, to Enhance Trust Through Identity Verification and Easy Online Data Aggregation

GLEIF 2018 annual report in Inline XBRL becomes first financial statement to embed LEI