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LEI-Dealing with Reality – How to Ensure Data Quality in the Changing Entity Identifier Landscape

“The Global LEI will be a marathon, not a sprint” is a phrase heard more than once during our series of Hot Topic webinars that’s charted the emergence of a standard identifier for entity data. Doubtless, it will be heard again.

But if we’re not exactly sprinting, we are moving pretty swiftly. Every time I think there’s nothing more to say on the topic, there is – well – more to say. With the artifice of the March ‘launch date’ behind us, it’s time to deal with reality. And the reality practitioners are having to deal with is one that’s changing rapidly.

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LEI-Dealing_with_reality-how_to_ensure_data_quality with Entity Identifiers_06_13.pdf

Source: A-Team, 26.06,2013

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News and updates on LEI standard progress and development

As a follow up on G20 acceptance in Los Cabos in July 2012 and the Financial Stability Board guidelines and recommendations of the Legal Entity Identifier  LEI, we will regularly update this post with news and article to provide an overview of  LEI standard progress and development.

 
First Published  13.07.2012 , Last Update 27.09.2012

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LEIs – Increasing Usability & Benefits of the New Standardised Identifier – IDC

The development of the standardised legal entity identifier (LEIs) is very much underway, but how can firms and market participants utilise this new identifier to improve internal data flow and risk monitoring processes whilst also meeting the regulatory reporting requirements?

Listen to the Podcast here

Moderator/ Speakers:
Julia Schieffer
– Founder, DerivSource.com
Chris Johnson – Head of Product Management, Market Data Services, HSBC Securities Services
Darren Marsh – European Business Manager, Risk Management and Compliance, Interactive Data

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LEI (Legal Entity Identifier) set to arrive in waves

A new system giving financial institutions standardized Legal Entity Identifiers (LEIs) will start to be phased in next year after an international organization finalizes new standards in January 2012.

LEI requirements for a Global Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) Solution May 2011
LEI industry progress and  recommendation July 2011

The Geneva-based International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is expected to approve a plan for LEIs at the beginning of next year, calling for them to consist of 20 alphanumeric characters. After that happens, the infrastructure is already in place to start issuing the IDs early in 2012, according to officials with the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association.

“Assuming the standard is approved by early January, our expectations are that legal entities will be able to register in short order for an LEI,” said Tom Price, managing director and head of SIFMA’s technology, operations and business continuity planning group.

During the financial crisis, both regulators and institutions realized they did not have the information available to quickly address issues of counterparty risk. LEIs aim to change that by using a universal code that would allow counterparties to be easily identified.

The United States has provided much of the leadership behind the push for LEIs, but the concept enjoys broad support around the globe. The registering authority for LEIs will not come from any government, but rather from the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications (SWIFT).

After the ISO finalizes the standard, the next step will be rule writing, which is already underway at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission with respect to swaps. Price said LEIs will be used first for swaps participants and then gradually adopted for transactions involving other types of assets until they are required for all trades.

David Strongin, who is also a managing director at SIFMA, said the U.S. will be the first country to require LEIs, but Hong Kong and Canada will likely follow fairly quickly. The European Union has committed to adopting LEIs as well, though it is unclear whether Europe will adopt the system all at once or phase it in country by country.

Strongin stressed, however, that there is a global consensus to move forward, even if not every nation and region mandates LEIs at the same time.

“The G20, both the finance ministers and leaders, have all endorsed this,” Strongin said. “From a very high level, you don’t see disagreement that an LEI is needed. I think everyone agrees that it’s an important tool to build the foundation for risk management.”

Strongin said that while many traders might not see it right now, most firms are currently working hard to prepare for LEIs. Eventually, however, the changes will touch every facet of the industry. “There’s a lot of work going on, though there’s only so much you can do until you see the final rules,” Price added.

Source: Traders Magazine, 18.11.2011

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Avox launches Global Business Entity Directory: Wiki-Data – Initiative supports Open Global Standards for Business Entity Data

Avox, a subsidiary of Deutsche Börse, is opening up access to a subset of over two hundred thousand verified and maintained business entity data records of its content. On www.wiki-data.com, users will find basic information about those business entities including their legal name, country of incorporation and operation, state/province/region and city of operation (where applicable) and an Avox identifier (AVID).

Avox is publishing this information for free usage in an effort to help facilitate a common standard for business entity data. Any data record with an AVID attached has been comprehensively verified and is maintained by Avox’s team of data experts. It is also continuously checked by clients and partners because of the built in feedback loop established between these user organizations and Avox. With this launch, the entire world can participate in and benefit from the increased level of maintenance, enhancement and consistency of the content.

“The industry has been demanding a low cost business entity data standard for years” says Ken Price, CEO and co-founder of Avox. “We believe this is a big step toward achieving such a standard however we fully intend to collaborate with other key industry players who will add content and significant value to the offering. A successful standard must be a shared standard in our view.” Price points to partnerships with S&P, Markit, IDC and SWIFT as examples of this collaboration.

Julia Sutton, Global Head of Customer Accounts for the Institutional ClientGroup at Citigroup commented “Wiki-data is yet another example of the collaborative model at work. Anyone that uses data from wiki-data.com will be consistent with a number of major industry players including Citi, Barclays and Nomura. We see this as a major efficiency play as usage expands.”

Richard Snookes, Director, Global Reference Data at Barclays Capital says “By taking the decision to allow the use of their AVID identifier as unlicensed content, Avox have removed one of the key obstacles to creating a genuine community for counterparty identification. The user experiencing a loss related to a bad piece of data quickly effects a transition to being the user with the most accurate data. The wiki-data model magnifies these transitions across multiple data fields and users to present an extremely powerful tool with real scalability.”

Users can purchase additional data attributes or regular updates of the complete file as an annual subscription. Third parties can license the content as the basis for their directory and identification services. Internet access of the data for primary usage is restriction and cost free. The key objective is for all major industry participants to use the same underlying data.

Price notes that the data will be of extremely high quality, “That’s the nature of the beast. One of the great benefits of the Internet is that we can now leverage a global community of data checkers who can point out remaining potential errors, changes or omissions which our central team of data experts can address straight away. There is no better way of maximizing data quality.” Additional capabilities such as online record linking, user commentary and the facility to add new records which can be verified by Avox or other firms are planned for the future.

A blog has been established at http://avoxinfo.blogspot.com/ where anyone can openly comment, criticize and/or make suggestions for improvements to the platform and the content. There is also a LinkedIn group set up called the “Avox Business Entity Discussion Forum” for those who use that platform. Wiki-data and the blog can also be accessed directly from www.avox.info.

Source:MondoVisione, 22.06.2009

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