If you are are currently managing or own a fund or a trust, you will more than likely be required to obtain a Legal Entity Identifier (LEI).
A Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) is a 20 digit code that is unique to a legal entity and provides basic information about the entity such as name, address and entity type e.g Limited Company. We explore this further in our recent post What is the Legal Entity Identifier?
LEIs are required by any legal entity that is involved with financial transactions or operating within today's financial system. This applies in particular with regard the EU and the US. There are a number of mandates currently in existence which state "no LEI, no trade" meaning both reporting parties and traders require an LEI such as Mifid II. To see a comprehensive outline of the regulatory use of the LEI please see our recent post on the matter.
Funds and Trusts are examples of legal entities which generally require an LEI for reporting and regulatory purposes.
LEIs for Funds
LEIs for Trusts
When it comes to applying for the LEI you may be requested to provide proof of existence by providing a deed, unless it is a discretionary trust. To find out what other documents may be requested please see our guide to LEI documentation here.
In order to apply for a Legal Entity Identifier please click here: Register New LEI