Lookup Legal Entity Identifier data from over 2 million organizations in the Global LEI System…
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What is the Search LEI tool?
The free LEI Search searches the Global LEI System (GLEIS) index of legal entities to retrieve organization reference data. It tells you more about an organization behind an LEI code. RapidLEI is a Global LEI Foundation (GLEIF) accredited Legal Operating Unit (LOU). We connect directly with the GLEIF index to retrieve live records.
What can you use LEI search for?
You can lookup an organization within the global LEI database by its company name, LEI code, ISIN or BIC code. You can initiate new LEI registrations, renew LEIs or transfer them directly from the LEI lookup results table. If your LEI has lapsed, follow the instructions on how to reactivate it, and remember, RapidLEI staff are here here to help when needed.
What can the LEI search results show you?
LEI search results include detailed legal entity reference data. For example, the organization’s legal and HQ address, and the current status of both the LEI and the organization incorporation. You can view its corporate structure to determine whether the organization has parent or children companies within the corporate group. This is useful for company verification and KYC (Know Your Customer).
How to use Search LEI
What is an LEI?
LEI is the acronym for Legal Entity Identifier. LEI Codes or LEI Numbers are represented by a 20-character string (e.g. 529900T8BM49AURSDO55). The LEI code refers to a Legal Entity such as company, organization, firm, government body, trust, or fund in the Global LEI System (GLEIS).
An LEI record contains information such as the company name, address, incorporation status. They tell you who is who, and who owns whom.
LEI reference data provides identity assurance in financial transactions, KYC (Know Your Customer), client onboarding and other organization identity use cases.
The LEI number is based on the ISO 17442 standard. Each LEI is assigned only to a single Legal Entity, even across different geographical jurisdictions.
What is the LEI Index?
The Global Legal Entity Identifier Foundation (GLEIF) index is a global directory of free, openly accessible source of company information for use in financial transactions, KYC, and organization assurance use cases. LEI codes are entered into the LEI index. Counter-parties and relying parties search the LEI index and utilize the verified organization data in transactions and onboarding.
The Global LEI System (GLEIS) contains both level 1 data (who is who) and level 2 data (who owns whom, both parent and children) for the organization behind each LEI code issued.
How to find an LEI by Company Name
You can lookup legal entity information by searching by Company Name, by LEI Code if you know it, or International Securities Identification Number (ISIN) or Bank Identifier Code (BIC) numbers. Just enter the name or code into the search box.
The LEI search tool presents summary results for all possible records, click on the legal entity in the results to view the full LEI record.
What does an LEI record tell you?
The LEI record will inform you of current legal entity reference data as well as the history of the legal entity, including:
- Company name and ‘other’ names the legal entity has registered
- Legal and HQ address and country
- The local business registry used to register the organization
- The jurisdiction of registration
- The corroboration level (e.g. how the LOU verified the organization details)
- The LEI Issuer (also known as the GLEIF accredited Legal Operating Unit, or LOU)
- The STATUS of the organization and the STATUS of the LEI code
- If the legal entity has other identifier codes, specificially International Securities Identification Number (ISIN) or Bank Identifier Code (BIC)
- The LEI registration date and when the record last updated – important for historical changes to the entity reference data
- If the legal entity has parents, either/and direct parents, or ultimate parents – who owns whom
- If the legal entity has children, i.e. it is the parent of other legal entities
What is the Entity Status?
The Legal Entity Identifier record reveals verification information on the legal entity used for global Know Your Customer (KYC), financial transactions or organization identity assurance purposes. It will tell you if the legal entity has kept its LEI code active and information up to date, and the operational / incorporation status of the organization.
- ACTIVE: the Legal Entity reports it is legally registered and operational.
- INACTIVE: the Legal Entity reports it is no longer legally registered and/or operating. This could be as a result of business closure, acquisition by or merger with another (or new) Entity, or determination of illegitimacy.
What is the LEI Status?
- ISSUED: The new LEI registration is complete and the LEI code issued. It is not yet necessary to renew the LEI.
- LAPSED: The LEI registration has not been renewed by the NextRenewalDate and is not known by public sources to have ceased operation.
- RETIRED: An LEI registration for an Entity that has ceased operation, without having been merged into another Entity.
Note: The GLEIF uses additional less common LEI statuses. For more information visit RapidLEI’s LEI Knowledge Base.
What are the different LEI validation levels?
- FULLY CORROBORATED: Authoritative public sources, such as business registries and other directories, or are used to validate against and corroborate the entity information submitted by the applicant and subsequently contained within the LEI record. RapidLEI refers to fully corroborated LEIs as validated.
- PARTIALLY CORROBORATED: As per Fully Corroborated, but due to conflicts of authoritative data or unavailability of data, the entity information submitted by the applicant can only be partially corroborated.
- ENTITY SUPPLIED ONLY (ESO): The entity information cannot be corroborated against public sources. The record comprises of data submitted by the legal entity only. RapidLEI prefers to not issue ESO unless absolutely necessary and refers to these types of records as non-validated.
See Validated vs. Non-Validated issuance trends in RapidLEI.com’s live LEI Statistics section.