The Importance of LEI Code MiFID II & MiFIR
If you are a firm with financial transaction obligations under the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (2014/65/EU) (“MiFID II”) and the European Union Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation (EU/600/2014) (“MiFIR”), the European Securities and Markets Authority (“ESMA”) now mandates the use of Legal Entity Identifiers (LEI) in member states.
LEI Codes are required for the purpose of identifying counterparties to provide the transaction transparency needed to protect investors and avoid repeats of the 2008 financial crisis.
The use of the LEI also generates tangible benefits for businesses including simplified regulatory reporting; identity / KYC data management, more accurate calculation of counterparty exposures, improved risk management, and increased operational efficiencies (see new GLEIF Validation Agent service).
MiFIR vs MiFID – same or different?
MiFID II and MiFIR are interconnected and their close alignment means that they are often used interchangeably. The difference between MiFID and MiFIR is that MiFID outlines goals that EU member countries should make efforts to meet, whereas MiFIR is a set of legislative rules that EU member countries are obliged to meet.
MiFID goals include market infrastructure/transparency, transaction reporting, product governance, investor protection and rules on inducements. MiFIR imposes transaction reporting rules on financial service providers.
How to obtain and maintain a MiFID II LEI Number
Legal Entity Identifiers are endorsed by the G20 and managed under the Global Legal Entity Identifier Foundation (GLEIF) ecosystem. LEI Numbers are 20 digit codes that uniquely identifies a Legal Entity, whenever the organization may be based globally.
Issued LEI Numbers are included in the Global LEI System (GLEIS) index – a global database of all issued LEIs, their current status and the reference data associated with the corresponding legal entity.
LEIs can only be issued by GLEIF accredited Legal Operating Units (LOU). Ubisecure, via our RapidLEI service, is an accredited LOU and we help organizations meet the MiFID II / MiFIR LEI requirements.
Is a MifID II Legal Entity Identifier different from a standard LEI?
A Legal Entity Identifier issued for MiFID II compliance follows the same process as Legal Entity Identifier Numbers issued for other regulation. It is important to note that investment firms regulated under MiFID II, must renew their MiFID II LEI code annually.