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 LEI would make it easier for everyone to participate in the global digital marketplace.

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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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Legal Entity Identifier Services

by GLEIF

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.

GLEIF Activities and News

Regulatory Use of LEI Date: 2019-01-15 GLEIF Updates on Current and Proposed Regulatory Activities Including the Use of the LEI

It is the prerogative of the authorities acting in individual jurisdictions to mandate the use of LEIs. GLEIF closely monitors initiatives relevant to legal entity identification in regulatory reporting and supervision and publishes a list of current and proposed regulatory activities including the use of the LEI. We last updated this overview on 15 January 2019.

GLEIF Blog Date: 2018-12-18 Trust and Technology: Pre-requisites for Success in Digital Regulation

Part IV: How the LEI can be leveraged to enable straight through processing, to strengthen the fight against financial crime and to prepare for a global digital identity ecosystem