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LEI Fun Facts

Inside-the-LEI_eiffel99.88% of the entities that have been assigned by INSEE are French.

Inside-the-LEI_hall_of_fameThe GMEI has assigned pre-LEIs to 9 Yeshivas, more than 50 country clubs and over 20 museums, including the Cincinnati Baseball Museum and the National […]

By |April 9th, 2014|Business & Finance, Legal Entity Identifiers, Posts, Reference Data|

IRS Deems Bitcoin Property, Not Currency

Bitcoin will be treated like property, not currency, the IRS declared in a Notice ( issued this week to address the tax implications of mining, spending or receiving virtual currencies.  The need to track fair market value and basis adjustments to compute gains and losses for tax purposes introduces record-keeping realities to a […]

By |April 3rd, 2014|Business & Finance, Posts|

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)

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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.

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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|

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|

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 […]

Bitcoin Emergence Prompts FinCEN to Issue Guidance on Virtual Currencies

As Bitcoin gains recognition as a legitimate currency in the world of digital transactions, FinCEN (Financial Crimes Enforcement Network) has issued guidance on the regulations that apply to administrators and exchangers of virtual currencies that will test AML and KYC programs.

Swings in the market value of Bitcoins – tied to limited circulation […]

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By |June 6th, 2013|Business & Finance, Information Industry, Posts|

CICI Self-Registration Data Requires Cleaning and Vetting

We responded to a number of calls following our post last week highlighting the challenges faced by the CICI Utility with regard to self-registration. One call came from a senior executive of the DTCC, who carefully explained that many of the data issues we highlighted were the result of business rules being applied to […]