The global legal entity identifier system: How can it deliver?
journal contributionposted on 11.03.2019, 10:04 by Ka Kei Chan, Alistair MilneAlistair Milne
We examine the global legal entity identifier (LEI) system for the identification of participants in financial markets. Semi-structured interviews with data professionals revealed the many ways in which the LEI can improve both business process efficiency, and counterparty and credit risk management. Larger social benefits, including the monitoring of systemic financial risk, are achievable if it becomes the accepted universal standard for legal entity identification. Our interviews also review the substantial co-ordination and investment barriers to LEI adoption. To address these, a clear regulatory-led road map is needed for its future development, with widespread application in regulatory reporting.
This paper is an updated version of our earlier working paper written with the support of a grant 2012-5-50CD from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, updated to take account of developments in the intervening five years.
- Business and Economics