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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

Regulatory Use of LEI Date: 2017-10-10 ESMA Highlights Importance of LEI for MiFID II / MiFIR Compliance

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published a briefing on the LEI as part of its efforts to raise industry awareness and facilitate compliance with the LEI requirements under the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) ahead of its 3 January 2018 launch. ESMA expects market participants to take all necessary steps to ensure full compliance with the LEI requirements under MiFID II. ESMA urges reporting entities not to delay in addressing this important matter, as advance preparation will help in avoiding backlogs and ensuring that all market participants are ready for the new regime.

GLEIF Blog Date: 2017-10-17 McKinsey & Company and GLEIF Identify Significant Savings, Efficiencies and Greater Reliability in Entity Verification Processes

A new white paper explores the wide application of the LEI with combined potential savings of at least U.S.$650m annually