GS1 Ireland becomes LEI Legal Entity Identifier Registration Agent

As of 3 January 2018, all legal entities buying or selling derivatives, shares, warrants, bonds and government bonds must have a Legal Entity Identifier or LEI. As a Registration Agent GS1 Ireland can now facilitate organisations in Ireland with the application for and renewal of Legal Entity Identifiers (LEIs), to comply with the new European MiFID II/MiFIR regulations. Dublin, Ireland, 10th January 2018

GS1 Ireland is an LEI Registration Agent

GS1 has more than 40 years of experience in the unique identification of products, locations and entities across multiple sectors. Leveraging its existing network of support offices in 112 countries, combined with knowledge of local languages, laws and regulations, as well as long held expertise in data validation, GS1 now offers LEI registration - extending its services to the financial services markets.

GS1 Ireland will assist companies or individuals involved in financial trading with obtaining or renewing an LEI.

What is an LEI?

An LEI is a unique, 20-character alpha-numeric code based on the ISO 17442 standard, that enables the identification of legal entities participating in financial transactions.

The European Union (EU) revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) and Regulation (MiFIR)

Effective 3 January 2018, the purchase or sale of shares, bonds, warrants, derivatives and government bonds requires an LEI in line with the new European Union (EU) revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) and Regulation (MiFIR). The MiFID II/MiFIR implementing legislative acts require significantly more categories of financial market participants to obtain a Legal Entity Identifier (LEI).

Under MiFIR, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has determined that investment firms should obtain LEIs from their clients before providing services that would trigger reporting obligations in respect of those transactions.

Under this new regulation, financial institutions need to declare all client transactions in certain financial instruments to their local regulatory authority.

"For over 40 years, GS1 is the absolute reference when a unique code is necessary to identify businesses, products, places or anything else", states Mike Byrne, CEO of GS1 Ireland. "Acting as a registration agent of GS1 Germany, a GLEIF accredited and endorsed LEI issuing organisation, we are proud to be able to support our members and all Irish businesses by providing them with a unique LEI. The service is quick, compliant and keenly priced at €89 per LEI and €59 for renewal,” concludes Byrne.

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Maria Svejdar, Marketing & Communications Manager, GS1 Ireland

T: 01 208 0660       M: 086 835 9457

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