One of the most important challenges the financial industry has had to address since the financial crisis is the quality, scope and accessibility of financial information that would enable both firms and regulators to monitor and manage financial risks and the efficiency of their operations. To solve this problem, industry stakeholders and regulators have worked jointly to develop the Global LEI System.
A unique ID associated with a single legal entity, the LEI allows for consistent identification of parties to financial transactions, facilitating a consistent and integrated view of exposures. However, the full potential of the Global LEI System will not be reached until the standard is adopted universally across financial market participants. This is best achieved through regulatory mandates in major financial reporting standards, such as the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR), the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II (MiFID II) or OTC derivatives reporting under the Dodd-Frank Act.
GFMA and its regional member trades have supported the adoption and promulgation of LEIs globally by stressing its utility and the benefits the system provides to both firms and regulators. GFMA remains committed to building awareness of the Global LEI System in close partnership with the Global LEI Foundation.
The Global LEI System is overseen by two bodies:
The Regulatory Oversight Committee (ROC) is a group of over 70 public authorities from more than 40 countries established in January 2013 to coordinate and oversee a worldwide framework of legal entity identification, the Global LEI System. The ROC oversees the Global LEI Foundation and develops policy standards for the Global LEI System.
The Global LEI Foundation is a supra-national not-for-profit organization making available the only global online source that provides open, standardized and high quality legal entity reference data free of charge. GLEIF manages a network of partners, the LEI issuing organizations, to provide trusted services and open, reliable data.
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