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Frequently Asked Questions
LEI (Legal Entity Identifier) is a unique standardised code for legal entities as part of an international identification system. It combines key reference information that enables clear and uniform identification of legal entities and funds which take part in global financial transactions.
LEI is composed of 20 alphanumeric signs assigned in accordance with ISO standard 17442/2012.
The first four numbers of LEI ensure uniqueness among codes from Local Operating Units (LOU) that issue LEIs. The identification prefix was assigned by the Regulatory Oversight Committee (ROC).
These are followed by two provisional numeric characters (00), while characters 7-18 feature eleven randomly generated numerical characters, which refer to the respective legal entity. The last two characters are check digits in accordance with standard ISO/IEC 7064.
In accordance with standard ISO17442 every legal entity/fund acting as a stakeholder in financial transactions needs an LEI, although obligations are determined by the national legal system or regulator, respectively.
The list of regulations identifying entities who are liable to report or assume an LEI, is available on the website of the institution managing the LEI system Global LEI Foundation or GLEIF; Global LEI Foundation or GLEIF.