ESMA releases statement on LEI implementation under MiFID II

Thursday 28 December 2017 14:07 CET | News

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has issued a statement to support the implementation of Legal Entity Identifiers (LEI) requirements under the MiFIR.

MiFIR (Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation) obliges EU investment companies to identify their clients that are legal persons with LEIs for the purpose of MiFID II transaction reporting. Trading venues equally are obliged to identify each issuer of a financial instrument traded on their systems with an LEI code when making daily data submission to the Financial Instruments Reference data System (FIRDS).

ESMA and national competent authorities (NCAs) learnt that not all investment companies will obtain LEI codes from all their clients ahead of the entry-into-force of MiFIR on 3 January 2018. The same may be the case for trading venues’ non-EU issuers whose financial instruments are traded on European trading venues.

In order to support the introduction of the LEI requirements, ESMA will allow for a temporary period of six months that: investment companies may provide a service triggering the obligation to submit a transaction report to the client, from which it did not previously obtain an LEI code, under the condition that before providing such service the investment firm obtains the necessary documentation from this client to apply for an LEI code on his behalf; and trading venues report their own LEI codes instead of LEI codes of non-EU issuers currently not having their own LEI codes.

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Keywords: ESMA, European Securities and Markets Authority, Legal Entity Identifiers
Categories: Banking & Fintech | E-invoicing, SCF & E-procurement
Countries: World
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