What is GLEIS - The Global Legal Entity Identifier System?

GLEIS stands for Global Legal Entity Identifier System

The Global Legal Entity Identifier System (GLEIS) enables the clear, unambiguous identification of participants in financial transactions.

The basis of the system is ISO 17442. This standard defines the elements of clear legal identification of the relevant legal identities involved in a financial transaction. 

Legal Entity Record Data

An LEI data record consists of an ID and its associated data, known as a Legal Entity Record Data (LE-RD).

GLEIS was expanded in 2017 to include data with which connections with parent companies could be mapped.

If a legal entity which has a holding company wishes to apply for a LEI, the relevant data must be provided while applying which, in the simplest case, is the LEI of the holding company. 

Further development of the Global Legal Entity Identifier System is carried out by the Global Legal Entity Identifier Foundation (GLEIF) in collaboration with the Local  LOUs

The Global LEI Foundation (GLEIF) is supervised by the LEI Regulatory Oversight Committee (LEI ROC).


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