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The LEI Handbook - Exchange Data's Guide to Financial Codes

  • ID: 4764923
  • Book
  • December 2017
  • Region: Global
  • 46 Pages
  • Exchange Data International
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By the second quarter of 2016, there were 451,000 LEIs in 199 countries issued by 22 LOUs

The global financial crisis of 2008 focused the world’s attention on the instability and volatility of the financial system. In the wake of the crisis, new regulations emerged with a common purpose: to bring transparency to the financial market.

One answer was the creation of the Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) – an universal code enabling consistent and accurate identification of all legal entities, including non-financial institutions, taking part in financial transactions.

Looking extensively at the structural tier-level components of the LEI and at more than 40 identifiers, the Guide to LEI and Other Codes offers a comprehensive, up-to-date examination of the codes which govern the financial system and are key to all who work in finance.

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In addition to a preface by the CEO, Jonathan Bloch and a foreword by Francis Gross, Senior Adviser for the European Central Bank, the book includes:

Section 1 Entity Codes

International Codes

  • Global Legal Entity Identifier (ISO 17442)
  • SWIFT Business Identifier Code BIC (ISO 9362)
  • Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS)
  • Industry Classification Benchmark (ICB)
  • International Standard Industrial Classification System (ISIC)

National Codes

  • NACE Codes
  • North American Industry Classification System (NAICS)
  • Standard Industrial Classification (SIC)
  • Company Registration Codes
  • Regulator Codes


  • CUSIP Avox Business Reference Entity Identifier
  • Compustat ID
  • Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS)
  • Depository Trust Corporation Participant Account (DTCPA)
  • Factiva Data Symbol (FDS)
  • Fitch Issuer Identification Number (FIID)
  • Moody’s Issuer Number (MIN)
  • Moody’s KMV Identifier
  • Markit codes

Section 2 Security Codes

International Codes

  • CUSIP International Numbering System (CINS)
  • Common code
  • International Securities Identification Number (ISIN)
  • Classification of Financial Instruments (CFI) (ISO 10962)
  • Market Identifier Code (MIC) (ISO 10383)
  • Alternative Instrument Identifier (Aii)
  • Unique Swap Identifier (USI)
  • Unique Trade Identifier (UTI)

National Codes

  • Exchange Ticker Codes
  • Options Symbology Initiative (OSI)
  • Stock Exchange Daily Official List Code (SEDOL)
  • Valoren
  • Wertpapierkennnummer

Open Source

  • Financial Instruments Global Identifier (FIGI)
  • Reuters Instrument Code (RIC)

Section 3 Miscellaneous Codes

  • Country codes (ISO 3166)
  • Currency codes (ISO 4217)


  • Endorsed Pre-LOUs of the Interim Global Legal Entity
  • Identifier System (GLEIS)
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Ozren Cvjetic is an economist with a BA from Seattle University and a Harvard University- trained mathematician, with a background in European Union regulatory finance and emerging market central banks. He is a member of the G20 private sector preparatory group,  sponsored by the Financial Stability Board, and an expert on the Legal Entity Identifier. As a member of this group,  he co-authored a major report on LEI operations which was adopted at the G20 summit in January 2013.

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