LEI on the Edge: What Needs to Happen for Wider Adoption?

The financial industry is losing faith in the LEI initiative as regulatory mandates remain patchy, but some see hope in SFTR’s unique-issuer LEI. By Mariella Reason

March 2020

It was supposed to be the “barcode for business”—but the Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) is taking so long to get to a critical mass of adoption that the financial industry is losing faith in the initiative, observers say.

“We are going slow here, and people are perhaps not believing that this could ever be successful as envisioned,” says Allan Grody, president at consultancy Financial InterGroup Advisors. “While we have 1.5 million legal entities [registered for LEI] now, the projections are

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