Release Date: 30 June 2014
Contact: Carol Danko, 202.962.7390,

  GFMA Statement on the FSB’s Establishment of the Global LEI Foundation

Washington, DC, 30 June 2014– GFMA today issued the following statement from Kenneth E. Bentsen, Jr., GFMA CEO and SIFMA president and CEO on the establishment of the Global Legal Entity Identifier Foundation (GLEIF) by the Financial Stability Board Plenary:

“GFMA welcomes the establishment of the Global LEI Foundation and the appointment of the first LEI Board of Directors by the Financial Stability Board (FSB). These are essential foundational elements for the development of the global LEI System, and will help catalyze the further expansion of the use of the LEI around the globe.

“Having a uniform, global legal entity identifier standard will help regulators, supervisors, researchers and firms to better measure and monitor systemic risk, more effectively measure and manage counterparty exposure, and improve operational efficiencies. Overall, this standard will help support the shared objective of a more stable financial system.” 

The announcement was made by the FSB on June 30, 2014 and further statements from the GLEIF can be found here and here.


The Global Financial Markets Association (GFMA) brings together three of the world’s leading financial trade associations to address the increasingly important global regulatory agenda and to promote coordinated advocacy efforts. The Association for Financial Markets in Europe (AFME) in London and Brussels, the Asia Securities Industry & Financial Markets Association (ASIFMA) in Hong Kong and the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) in New York and Washington are, respectively, the European, Asian, and North American members of GFMA.