LEI Registration

Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) Registration
(Price Start at $ 41 /-)

One of the most important requirements for entities engaging in cross-border financial transactions is the Legal Entity Identifier (LEI). A unique 20-digit number called the LEI is used to identify legal organisations and facilitates the assessment of counterparty risk. Under the Clearing Corporation of India Ltd. (CCIL), which serves as the Local Operating Unit recognised by the Global Legal Entity Identifier Foundation, the Legal Entity Identifier India Ltd. (LEIL) is in charge of managing LEI registration and issuance in India.

The first step in ensuring a smooth LEI registration process in India is to ascertain your eligibility using the criteria established by the RBI, such as entities having an aggregate exposure of more than Rs5 crore to both funds and non-funds. Subsequently, the LEI application form must be submitted with the necessary paperwork, which includes the PAN card, identification evidence, address proof, and incorporation certificates. Online payment options are available for the registration cost. The LEI issuing organisation then verifies the information, and if it is deemed acceptable, the unique 20-character LEI number is assigned. The code must then be renewed yearly in order to be kept in the Global LEI database by paying the renewal fees.

Benefits of having an LEI

  • Unique worldwide identification: For financial transactions, your entity is uniquely identified globally via its 20-digit LEI code.
  • Boosts credibility: In the financial markets, having an LEI increases your credibility and dependability.
  • Facilitates regulatory compliance: LEI is being required for regulatory filings and reports by regulators in several jurisdictions. It aids in fulfilling compliance requirements.
  • Facilitates cross-border transactions: Trade finance and international remittances are made easier with the help of LEI.
  • Enhances risk management: By providing regulators and counterparty companies with better tracking to better manage risks.
  • Enables smooth reporting: For unified regulatory reporting, LEI harmonises the financial and ownership data of businesses.
  • Makes entity distinctions simple – Accurately separates parent firm from subsidiaries, affiliates, etc.

What are the Eligibility Criteria for having an LEI?

  • Business Entities: Limited Liability Partnerships, private and public limited companies, and other incorporated business entities are eligible to apply for LEI.
  • Fund-based exposure: According to RBI standards, businesses having fund-based exposure above Rs 5 crore are required to obtain an LEI.
  • Financial Institutions: LEI codes are necessary for banks, non-bank financial companies (NBFCs), stock exchanges, depositories, and other financial institutions.
  • Non-fund based exposure: Any entity has exposure to non-fund sources that is greater than Rs 10 crore.
  • Exposure to cross-border transactions: Companies engaged in import/export operations, offshore investors in debt and capital markets, and business entities with cross-border transactions are all eligible.
  • Other requirements: LEI is also needed for organisations that issue Masala bonds, stock exchange settlement guarantee fund members, IDF NBFCs, etc.

What are the Documents Required for LEI Registration in India?

  • Application Form - Duly filled and signed LEI application form containing basic details of the entity.
  • PAN Card - Copy of the Permanent Account Number (PAN) card allotted to the applying entity.
  • Address Proof - Any address proof like electricity bill, bank statement displaying the registered office address.
  • Identity Proof - Relevant identification documents of the Directors/Partners/Authorized Signatories.
  • Incorporation Certificate - Certificate of Incorporation showing CIN/LLPIN/Partnership Registration certified by ROC.
  • Board Resolution - Authorizing the Director/Partner/Authorized Signatory to procure LEI on entity's behalf.
  • Audited Financial Statements - Latest copy of audited financial statements indicating turnover, reserves etc.
  • MOA/AOA Copy - Memorandum & Articles of Association in case of companies.
  • LLP Agreement - For Limited Liability Partnerships, copy of LLP agreement.
  • Registration Fees - Online payment receipt of one-time registration fee and applicable GST.

Streamlining the LEI Registration Process:

  • Establish Eligibility: Based on financial exposure thresholds, ascertain whether your organisation satisfies the RBI's recommendations and requirements for the LEI requirement.
  • Document Preparation: As needed, have the necessary paperwork on hand, including your PAN card, identification and address proof, incorporation certificates, and other paperwork.
  • Application on the Legal Entity Identifier India Ltd (LEIL) website: Go to the LEIL website and complete the online LEI application form, making sure to include all necessary information.
  • Make Payment: Use the net-banking, credit card, UPI, or bank transfer options on the portal to pay the one-time registration costs and applicable GST.
  • Data Verification: In accordance with Global LEI System guidelines, LEIL verifies the information that the entity submits. It is possible to ask for further documentation.
  • Obtain LEI Code: After approval, an applicant is given a 20-character LEI code that they may view and obtain from the LEIL website or portal by logging in.
  • Maintenance & Renewals: Make sure to update any modifications to the company's information using the self-service portal and renew the LEI code on an annual basis.

The Regulatory Requirements for LEI

RBI Master Direction: The RBI has issued a Master Direction requiring the LEI for all cross-border transactions that exceed $250,000 or its equivalent, as well as for bill discounting and trade financing that exceeds certain thresholds.

Reporting to RBI: Every year, entities holding an LEI are obliged to report the status of its renewal as well as its regulatory databases to the RBI.

KYC purpose: The LEI must be submitted annually as part of the KYC for banking and trading accounts for entities required to receive it in accordance with exposure criteria.

Regulatory filings: In order to more accurately evaluate risks and conglomerates, SEBI and IRDAI have made it mandatory to provide LEI in regulatory filings in order to uniquely identify organisations.

Financial Documents: Quoting LEI is currently required for capital market transactions, export/import remittances, and paying dividends or interest to foreign investors.

Annual Renewals: Per regulatory requirements, an LEI must be renewed annually within a year of its issuance or the previous renewal; otherwise, it expires. The last renewal date must be reported by entities.

How can Seedling Associate help you with LEI Registration in India?

Seedling Associates leverage their expertise in financial compliance to provide end-to-end guidance and support for your LEI registration needs in India. By assessing eligibility, compiling documentation accurately, managing the application process on LEIL portal, tracking status with follow-ups, and ensuring annual renewal compliances - they offer a comprehensive solution that makes procuring LEI seamless for your entity. Any queries or clarifications needed from the issuing authority is managed professionally by the Seedling team through their understanding of regulations around LEI. Right from submitting the application to maintaining LEI codes as per latest rules, Seedling Associates becomes your reliable partner taking care of the whole process and easing your compliance burden when it comes to unique global legal entity identification codes mandatory for overseas remittances or capital market transactions.

Most common question about our services

Is LEI registration mandatory for all businesses in India?

According to regulatory regulations, entities engaging in financial transactions must register with LEI.


How long does it take to complete the LEI registration process?

The time varies, but it can be accelerated with the right paperwork and help.


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Can LEI registration be done without professional assistance?

If at all feasible, seek professional help to ensure a more seamless and effective process.


How often should businesses update their LEI information?

Updates to LEI data should be made as soon as there are substantial modifications to business specifics.


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