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What is the purpose of an LEI search?

Any information registered in the LEI database is managed by the Global Legal Entity Identifier Foundation (GLEIF). They oversee all of the data entry and any modifications to entries that legal entities request. They also enable everyone to search the database for information on every officially registered legal entity in the world. If you have an LEI code, then your information will be searchable by your legal entity name or the LEI code itself.

The global LEI database is publicly accessible for the sake of transparency between entities, businesses, and regulators. Should a business engage in a financial transaction with your legal entity, they have the option to search your LEI code or legal entity name to see if you are officially registered in the system. This offers every party peace of mind, but it also allows them to see if you have any associated parent or child entities that they should be aware of.

This transparency is also helpful for regulators and not just market participants. With the widespread adoption of a global LEI system, it has helped regulators examine potential financial irregularities or abnormalities in the market.

Using an LEI search tool

The use of an LEI lookup tool is fairly intuitive, but we’ll be explaining some of the unique features to help you better understand its uses.

Can anyone use an LEI search tool?

Yes. Even if they don’t possess an LEI code themselves, anyone is allowed to search the global LEI database. They can freely access the data on any LEI lookup tool that is available with most Local Operating Units (LOU), but the official GLEIF website also provides an LEI checker tool.

Searching by LEI code

The easiest way to find a legal entity’s information is to enter their entire LEI code. LEI lookup tool has an autocomplete feature that searches through the database for partial matches. This allows you to enter just a couple of numbers from their LEI number and you’ll already see results based on those partial matches. This can be helpful if you don’t remember the entire LEI number, but it’s far more practical to just paste the entire LEI into the search bar to find the legal entity that you’re looking for.

This will require you to have the LEI code. You can often request this of the company or entity that you plan to engage in a financial transaction with. Some companies may also list their LEI code on their contact or information pages. Since the code is public information that is searchable anyway, they should have nothing to hide and are likely more than willing to give you this information if you ask.

Thankfully, even if you don’t have the LEI code available, there are a number of other ways to find the information that you’re looking for.

Searching by the entity’s legal name

The next most common way to search is to enter the entity’s legal name. This is often the company name or the name of the trust. The autofill feature also works when entering the entity’s legal name, meaning you can get partial matches by entering just a few letters or words from the company’s legal name. This is a great option if you’re unsure of the entity’s name, but can also be useful if there are multiple legal entities that have the same or similar names. Keep in mind that the autofill feature will only hold a certain number of suggestions. By narrowing the selection down with more words or letters, you’ll get more accurate results to pick from.

Since an entity’s legal name might be different to what you refer to them as it’s worth doing a bit of research to confirm that the information you’ve found is related to the entity that you’re searching for. If you’re unsure, you can reference the data in the entry to see if the country, address, and other details match. If they do, then you’ve likely found the entry for the entity that you’re looking for.

Filtering options to help narrow results

In the event that there are too many results to search through, you can apply different filters to narrow down the results. There are three main filters that you can use:

  • Country allows you to filter the results based on the country that the entity was registered in. This is helpful when working with international businesses.
  • General Category allows you to filter results based on the entity’s category. The options are BRANCH, FUND, and SOLE_PROPRIETOR.
  • Status offers a plethora of filter options based on the legal entity’s registration status. These are as follows:
  • ISSUED - The entity has an active LEI registration.
  • LAPSED - The entity once had a valid LEI registration but has since expired and is awaiting renewal.
  • ANNULLED - The LEI was issued due to an error or there is a problem that has invalidated the registration.
  • PENDING_TRANSFER - The entity has requested to be transferred to a different LOU.
  • PENDING_ARCHIVAL - The entity is in the process of being transferred to a different managing LOU.
  • DUPLICATE - There was a duplicate entry in the LEI registry, meaning it was removed to make way for the newer one.
  • MERGED - The entity has merged with another entity and thus no longer exists.
  • RETIRED - The entity has stopped operating.

These filter options can help you narrow down the search results to find the legal entity that you’re looking for. In most cases, an entity should be more than happy to provide you with their LEI or full legal entity name so that you can find the entry you’re looking for without needing to use filters. However, this can still be useful if you’re researching different legal entities for your own purposes.

Sorting results

You can also sort your search results by clicking the column at the top of the LEI lookup tool. The columns are as follows:

  • Country sorts by the country in ascending or descending alphabetical order.
  • Entity Status sorts by entity status. This can either be ACTIVE or INACTIVE.
  • Legal Name sorts by the entity’s legal name in ascending or descending alphabetical order.
  • LEI sorts by the LEI code in ascending or descending order.
  • Registration Status sorts by the registration status.

Sorting results can be helpful in certain cases, such as performing research on a large set of data or search results.

Exporting results

Lastly, there’s also an option to export the results in four different formats; CSV, JSON, XML, and XLSX.

Exporting to these various formats can be helpful for sorting or organising the data in a third-party program such as Google Sheets or Microsoft Excel. The data can be parsed through for research or regulatory purposes, making it easy to organise a large set of LEI data.

The LEI reference data

Upon clicking an LEI entry, you’ll be taken to the LEI reference data page for the entry you’ve selected. The first option you’ll have is to check current data or look at the change history. This can be helpful if you’re curious about past changes that the entity has made to their LEI information, but is otherwise only for archival purposes.

The rest of the page will contain the relevant LEI data. The first two sections will show typical business card information such as the entity name, jurisdiction, entity status, address, and contact information.

Further down, you’ll find details of the registration including the date of the LEI application, the last date and time it was updated, and also its current status. You’ll also find the name of the LOU that issued the LEI.

Lastly, you’ll find the level 2 data such as associated parent and child entities. If you believe that this information is incorrect, it’s possible to submit a challenge that the GLEIF will verify. Depending on the information that you believe is incorrect, the LEI registration status may change until accurate information is submitted as an update.

Contact us for more information

If you need more help with the LEI code search tool or if you’re looking to register an LEI for your legal entity, feel free to get in touch with us and we’d be glad to help.