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Glossary of LEI codes

What is an LOU?

An LOU is a Local Operating Unit accredited and certified by the GLEIF to issue LEI codes. Read more about LOUs on the GLEIF website.Open link in a new tab

What is the GLEIS?

The GLEIS means the Global Legal Entity Identifier System. The GLEIS secures the global identification of entities participating in financial transactions and produces reliable information about the issued LEI codes and their owners.

What are GLEIF, the LEI ROC and the FSB?

The Global Legal Entity Identifier Foundation (GLEIF) is a not-for-profit foundation incorporated in 2014 by the Financial Stability Board (FSB). The FSB originally started the LEI system on the initiative of the G20 countries.

GLEIF manages the Global LEI System (GLEIS). Among other things, GLEIF accredits the local operating units to issue LEI codes and maintains an LEI database free of charge. Go to the LEI database of GLEIF. Open link in a new tab

GLEIF and the GLEIS are overseen by the LEI Regulatory Oversight Committee (LEI ROC). The LEI ROC is a global supervisory body formed by representatives of public authorities.

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Printable version Latest update 20.06.2019