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LEI-CDF Format



The information available with the Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) reference data to date, e.g. the official name of a legal entity and its registered address, is referred to as ‘Level 1’ data . It provides the answer to the question of ‘who is who’.

The LEI-Common Data File (CDF) format defines how LEI issuing organizations report their LEI and Level 1 reference data.

The standard was originally developed by the LEI Regulatory Oversight Committee and mandated for all LEI issuing organizations in August 2014. Subsequently, the Global Legal Entity Identifier Foundation (GLEIF) assumed the responsibility for maintaining the standard and developing it further.

The data made available with the daily GLEIF Concatenated File and with search result exports is provided in this format.

The diagram below shows the full structure of the format, including definitions of the data content to be provided.

LEI Data
LEI File Header [0,1]
ContentDate The date and time as of which the data contained in the file is valid. xs:dateTime A date and time, including the timezone, based on ISO 8601. [0,1]
Originator The LEI of the entity that created the content of this file. LEIType A Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) code, conforming to ISO 17442. [0,1]
FileContent A code describing the content of this LEI Record file. FileContentEnum A code denoting the publisher of the LEI Data file (GLEIF or LOU), the publication status (public or internal use) and the content type (full file, delta file or query response). [0,1]
DeltaStart The date and time of the baseline relative to which this file contains new or changed LEI Records. xs:dateTime A date and time, including the timezone, based on ISO 8601. [0,1]
RecordCount The number of LEI Records in the file. Must be a positive whole (integer) number, or zero (0). xs:int A positive whole number or zero (0). [0,1]
Extension This Extension element may contain any additional elements required to extend the Header container element ExtensionType Data element(s) defined by the sender of the file. A description of Extension element structure and content should be provided separately. [0,1]
LEI Data Record [0,*]
LEI The 20-character LEI of the legal entity described by this LEI Data Record LEI A Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) code, conforming to ISO 17442. [1,1]
Entity [1,1]
LegalName The Legal Name of the Entity. If an Entity is in a jurisdiction with more than one Legal Name (e.g., in different languages), this is the Primary Legal Name (see OtherEntityNames for other names). NameType A string expressed in a natural language, including a code indicating which natural language is used. [1,1]
OtherEntityNames An optional list of other Name instances for the Entity. OtherEntityNamesType Each OtherEntityName element contained here includes an optional language code, permitting OtherEntityName to be repeated as many times as necessary to express the same name type in multiple languages. [0,1]
LegalAddress The address of the Entity as recorded in the registration of the Entity in its legal jurisdiction. Address A value of type Address in a file conforming to this standard SHALL include data elements as specified below:
  • language
  • 1 to 4 street address lines
  • city
  • region (optional)
  • country
  • postal code (optional)
[1,1]
HeadquartersAddress The address of the headquarters of the Entity. Address A value of type Address in a file conforming to this standard SHALL include data elements as specified below:
  • language
  • 1 to 4 street address lines
  • city
  • region (optional)
  • country
  • postal code (optional)
[1,1]
OtherAddresses An optional list of other Address instances for the Entity. This may be used to provide alternative language forms of legal address or headquarters address. OtherAddressesType A value of type OtherAddress in a file conforming to this standard SHALL include the following data elements:
  • type
  • Address
    • Each Address element includes an optional language code, permitting OtherAddress to be repeated as many times as necessary to express the same address type in multiple languages.
[0,1]
BusinessRegisterEntityID The identifier of the legal entity as maintained by a business registry in the jurisdiction of legal registration or other registration authority. BusinessRegisterEntityID A value of type BusinessRegisterEntityID in a file conforming to this standard SHALL include the following data elements:
  • register (type BusinessRegisterEnum)
  • EntityID
[0,1]
LegalJurisdiction The jurisdiction of legal formation and registration of the entity (and on which the Legalform data element is also dependent). JurisdictionCode A value of type JurisdictionCode in a file conforming to this standard SHALL either be
  • a 2-character country code conforming to ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 or
  • a region code conforming to ISO 3166-2.
AnISO 3166-1 alpha-2 code SHALL be used to indicate a country jurisdiction, and an ISO 3166-2 code SHALL be used to indicate a regional jurisdiction. Note that both codes are all uppercase.
[0,1]
LegalForm The legal form of the entity, specified as a language-specific freeform name. Name A string expressed in a natural language, including a code indicating which natural language is used. [0,1]
AssociatedEntity Another entity associated with this entity if needed to fully identify this entity or to place it in an appropriate context. AssociatedEntityType A value of type AssociatedEntityType in a file conforming to this standard SHALL include the following data elements:
  • AssociatedLEI
  • AssociatedEntityName
[0,1]
Entitystatus The status of legal entity EntityStatusEnum A value of type EntityStatusEnum in a file conforming to this standard SHALL be one of the following code strings:
  • ACTIVE
  • INACTIVE
[1,1]
EntityExpirationDate The date the legal entity ceased operation or was merged. xs:dateTime A date and time, including the timezone, based on ISO 8601. [0,1]
EntityExpirationReason The reason that a legal entity ceased to operate. This element SHALL be present if EntityExpirationDate is present, and omitted otherwise. EntityExpirationReasonEnum A value of type EntityExpirationReasonEnum in a file conforming to this standard SHALL be one of the following code strings:
  • DISSOLVED
  • CORPORATE_ACTION
  • OTHER
[0,1]
SuccessorEntity In the case that another LEI registration supercedes (or subsumes) this LEI registration for the same legal entity, this field contains the LEI of the superceding LEI registration. SuccessorEntityType A value of type SuccessorEntityType in a file conforming to this standard SHALL include the following data elements:
  • SuccessorLEI
  • Successor
[0,1]
Registration [1,1]
InitialRegistrationDate The date at which the information was first collected by the ManagingLOU xs:dateTime A date and time, including the timezone, based on ISO 8601. [1,1]
LastUpdateDate The date at which the information was most recently updated by the ManagingLOU xs:dateTime A date and time, including the timezone, based on ISO 8601. [1,1]
RegistrationStatus The status of the legal entity's LEI Record registration with the ManagingLOU RegistrationStatusEnum A status code describing the status of the LEI registration. [1,1]
NextRenewalDate The next date by which the LEI information must be renewed and re-certified by the legal entity. xs:dateTime A date and time, including the timezone, based on ISO 8601. [1,1]
ManagingLOU The LEI of the LOU that is responsible for administering this LEI Record. LEIType A Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) code, conforming to ISO 17442. [1,1]
ValidationSources Level of LEI Record validation. ValidationSourcesTypeEnum The level of LEI Data validation provided by the ManagingLOU. [0,1]
Extension Extension Data element(s) defined by the sender of the file. A description of Extension element structure and content should be provided separately. [0,1]
The LEI Common Data File (LEI-CDF) Format (LEI Data File Format 1.0)

Download as PDF: The LEI Common Data File (LEI-CDF) Format (LEI Data File Format 1.0)

The corresponding XML schema definition can be downloaded separately here: lei-data-file-format.xsd

Code lists for use with the LEI-CDF
GLEIF maintains and publishes code lists defining approved values for some elements of the LEI-CDF. These are:

LEI-CDF Element Code List Description
LegalForm Entity Legal Form (ELF) Code; ISO Standard 20275 Resolves variant names for each valid legal form within a jurisdiction to a single code per legal form, per jurisdiction.
Register (attribute of BusinessRegisterEntityID) Registration Authorities List Identifies a business registry in the jurisdiction of legal registration, or appropriate registration authority (e.g. one of the varieties of funds registered instead with financial regulators).

In November 2016, GLEIF published the LEI-CDF 2.0 with the following objectives in mind:

  • Update the LEI-CDF format to reflect lessons learned together with the LEI issuing organizations from the application of the standard since 2014.
  • The ‘LEI Data File format 1.0’ includes several aspects, which limit its applicability to the collection of LEI reference data that identify ‘who is who’ (Level 1 data). The proposed updates aim to overcome these limitations regarding the collection of Level 1 data.

Download as PDF: LEI Common Data File (LEI-CDF) Format 2.0
The corresponding XML schema definition can be downloaded separately here: lei-cdf-2-0.xsd
Download as PDF: State Transition Rules for the LEI Common Data File Format (Including Validation Rules)

The date when LEI issuing organizations will be required to report LEI reference data in accordance with the LEI-CDF 2.0 will be determined in due course.

Please address questions on the LEI-CDF format to leidata@gleif.org.


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