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For Immediate Release

MSC Reminds Derivatives Dealers and Counterparties to Obtain a Legal Entity Identifier

Winnipeg, MB; October 29, 2014 – The Manitoba Securities Commission reminds derivatives market participants about the requirement to obtain a Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) under MSC Rule 91-507 Trade Repositories and Derivatives Data Reporting.

MSC Rule 91-507 requires that reporting counterparties and designated trade repositories identify all counterparties to a transaction by an LEI. This requirement is effective on October 31, 2014 and is applicable for all transactions for which the reporting counterparty is a derivatives dealer or recognized or exempt clearing agency. Non-reporting counterparties should provide all relevant information to reporting counterparties under MSC Rule 91-507, including their LEI, to assist reporting counterparties in complying with their obligations.

The global LEI system is currently available and an LEI can be acquired by contacting one of the endorsed local operating units (LOUs) identified on

Certain jurisdictions have legislative barriers including data protection laws, blocking statutes, state secrecy laws, and bank secrecy laws, which can prevent reporting of counterparty-identifying information to trade repositories. Reporting counterparties faced with this legal impediment should apply for exemptive relief from the MSC. 

The MSC acknowledges that there may also be operational challenges, not related to legal impediments, in obtaining counterparty LEIs by October 31, 2014. In these situations, reporting counterparties should use best efforts to obtain counterparty LEIs as soon as possible.

MSC Rule 91-507 is part of the MSC’s implementation of the G20 derivatives commitments.

The Manitoba Securities Commission is a division of the Manitoba Financial Services Agency, a Special Operating Agency of the Government of Manitoba that protects investors and promotes fair and efficient capital markets throughout the province.


For industry inquiries:

Paula White
Manitoba Securities Commission

For media inquiries:
Kevan Hannah
Manitoba Securities Commission