LEI - Legal Entity Identifier
The FSO is an official LEI Local Operating Unit (LOU)
The Global Legal Entity Identifier Foundation (GLEIF) has officially accredited LEI-Switzerland to issue the Legal Entity Identifier (LEI).
The LEI is a unique and globally valid identifier of legal entities involved in financial transactions.
The link below will take you to the online application of LEI-Switzerland, where you can set up an account as a so-called "LEI-Manager" and then order or renew your LEI for companies and funds domiciled in Switzerland and Liechtenstein. For further information and assistance on applying for a LEI, please refer to the instruction manual and the FAQ.
The G20 validated at the Los Cabos summit in June 2012 a system for the unique identification of financial market participants (Global Legal Entity Identifier System, GLEIS) to facilitate the management and control of risks by both the private sector and public authorities.
This unique identifier for financial market participants is called Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) and is based on the international standard ISO 17442.
The implementation of the GLEIS is carried out by the Financial Stability Board (FSB), which validated an architecture composed of local operating units (LOU) allocating the LEIs and a central unit (Central Operating Unit, COU) ensuring consistency, all under the supervision of a body representing public authorities (Regulatory Oversight Committee, ROC), ensuring compliance with the principles validated by the G20 (non-profit-making purpose).
LEI in Switzerland
At its meeting on 04.12.2015, the Federal Council decided that Switzerland would participate in the establishment of a global system for identifying financial market participants. In the future, an internationally standardised identification number will improve the quality of financial data and facilitate the assessment of systemic risks.
In Switzerland, this identification number will be applied in the area of reporting obligations for derivative transactions once the Financial Markets Infrastructure Act has entered into force. The basis will also be laid for the issue of these identification numbers by the Federal Statistical Office (FSO).