Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) – Concept, Introduction, Benefits & Regulations

The Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) is a global reference number that uniquely identifies every legal entity or structure that is party to a financial transaction, in any jurisdiction. It is a 20-digit unique code to identify parties to transaction worldwide. It provides basic information like name, address, and the type of the entity. It is used to locate entities on the global database and make it easier to conduct global business. It has become a legal requirement for many companies in global trade.

The Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) code is conceived as a key measure to improve the quality and accuracy of financial data systems for better risk management post the Global Financial Crisis.

The Reserve Bank of India vide its notification dated June 1, 2017 made LEI system mandatory for all Over-the-Counter markets for Rupee Interest Rate derivatives, foreign currency derivatives and credit derivatives in India, in a phased manner. Non-adherence of the said timelines for obtaining LEI makes the Entities ineligible for participating in the OTC derivative markets.

For more detail, please read the attached Document- Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) – Concept, Introduction, Benefits & Regulations


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