LEI codes

An LEI (Legal Entity Identifier) is a global organisational code which identifies companies and legal entities on the financial market. The requirement to use LEI codes is based on EU legislation about securities.

Companies and entities (for example registered associations and foundations) need an LEI code when trading in listed shares, exchange-trade fund (ETF) units, and other securities listed on the stock exchange, starting from 3 January 2018.

The LEI code is already needed for trading in derivatives.

You do not need to have an LEI code if you just own financial instruments.

Companies and entities with Finnish Business IDs, excluding branches, can apply for an LEI code at the Finnish Patent and Registration Office (PRH). Read more and fill in the application on the PRH website.

Issued LEI codes are shown in the company search at ytj.fi

The PRH will not send a decision on the issuance of the LEI code. You can see the LEI code issued to a company or an entity in its details in the company search at ytj.fi, which is jointly provided by the PRH and the Finnish Tax Administration. The LEI code is shown in the search result under “LEI details" after “Business ID history". Go to the company search.

Download LEI files

Download LEI files to get information about issued LEI codes and new or changed details. You can download files concerning issued LEI codes and their owners.

The files CDF 1.0 and CDF 2.1 comprise information about the owners and registration details of LEI codes. The data content in CDF 1.0 and CDF 2.1 is the same, but CDF 2.1 is a technically later version.

An RR file (RelationshipRecord) comprises information about the consolidation relationships of LEI owners in cases where the owner has a parent entity with an LEI code. The file includes information about the LEI code of the owner and of the parent entity, the type of consolidation relationship (direct or ultimate parent entity) and its validity period, the accounting period of the parent entity and the accounting standard used.

An EX file comprises information about LEI owners that have no parent entities or that have not filed parent entity details. In the latter case, the file includes the reason why parent entity details have not been filed.

It is also possible to download files containing LEI details automatically from the website. There are four different types of LEI files. To download a file, use the URL address https://tietopalvelu.ytj.fi/leitiedostot/tiedostolataus.aspx?type=1&date=YYYYMMDD.

In the address, YYYY is the year, MM the month, and DD the day.
The file types are: Type 1 = CDF 1.0, Type 2 = CDF 2.1, Type 3 = RR, and Type 4 = EX.