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LEI Entities with Registered Domicile in a Top 10 Tax Haven


Over 20% of the almost 200,000 entities that have been assigned an LEI are registered in one of the world’s top 10 tax havens. (Forbes, July 6, 2010)

UPDATE: Download Inside the LEI, an Alacra Reference Data Alert


By |March 7th, 2014|Business & Finance, Posts, Reference Data|

Number of LEIs Issued to the Top 10 US Bank Holding Companies


Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan have been strong LEI proponents; it’s no surprise that they have the largest number of their entities registered for LEIs.

UPDATE: Download Inside the LEI, an Alacra Reference Data Alert



By |March 6th, 2014|Business & Finance, Posts, Reference Data|

Number of LEIs Issued to the Top 10 Largest Global Banks

03-Number-of-LEIs-Issued-to-Top-10-Largest-Global-BanksWhen Lehman Brothers went bankrupt it had over 7000 legal entities in over 40 countries. So it seems from this chart that the large global banks have a long way to go before a high proportion of their legal entities are registered. Not surprisingly, the large […]

By |March 4th, 2014|Business & Finance, Financial Regulations, Posts, Reference Data|

Inside the LEI

Alacra has been integrating the pre-LEI data files from the endorsed pre-LOUs as the data has been published.  In response to customer demand we have been adding these entities to the Alacra Authority File, our reference database that previously contained only rated, regulated and listed companies globally.  Although there are many use cases for the […]

By |March 4th, 2014|Financial Regulations, Posts, Reference Data|

Regulatory Roundabout

What’s a financial institution to do?  The global regulatory bus hurtles down the road with a changing roster of drivers and a long list of destinations.

On both sides of the Atlantic, regulators are mandating the use of LEIs – Legal Entity Identifiers – in trade reporting.  The CFTC mandate began last year and the […]

By |February 19th, 2014|Financial Regulations, Legal Entity Identifiers, Posts, Reference Data|

How Technology Can Help On-Boarders Acquire and Understand Beneficial Ownership Information

In September we posted Upcoming Changes to KYC Beneficial Ownership Regulatory Requirements – A Primer, which outlined how different regulatory regimes were going to require more and more accurate beneficial ownership information.  This post spurred several conversations with KYC practitioners, many of whom asked how technology might help with the beneficial ownership burden.  Last […]

The Ten Things You Need to Read about Vendor Risk Management and the Risks Arising From Third-Party Business Relationships

Financial institutions around the world are subject to an increasingly rigorous regulatory framework.  While much of the overwhelming regulatory environment is a result of the financial crisis, another set of regulations emanate from concerns about corruption.  These sets of regulations are driving banks to have a greater understanding of all their third-party relationships, both to […]

M&A Forecasts for 2014

The past few years there has been no limit to the number of bullish projections for M&A activity for the coming year.  Most of these forecasts cited low interest rates and the tremendous amount of cash on corporate balance sheets as reasons for an improved M&A climate.  As can be seen from the mergermarket […]

By |January 10th, 2014|Business & Finance, Posts|

M&A Activity – How Did 2013 Shake Out?

Early this year I posted 10 Forecasts for 2013 M&A Activity.  Here are just a few of the more bullish quotes from the prognosticators:

“The fundamentals for sustained M&A activity on 2013 are solid…”

“…these numbers (2012) should rebound behind the strength of strategic buyers, the emerging markets, and the energy sector.”

“…a unique set of […]

By |December 18th, 2013|Alacra, Information Industry, Posts|

The Missing Mandates

The LEI Regulatory Oversight Committee ( has, as of November 18, more than 50 members representing over 30 countries.  Most of the committee members represent the central bank or another regulatory body in their respective jurisdictions.  What continues to surprise and confuse market participants, though, is that to date only two regulatory bodies […]