• LEI code

Need to request your LEI code? Xerius will handle everything.

Whether you're a trading expert or sell the odd share occasionally, without an LEI code your company cannot execute any transactions. Xerius is where your code – otherwise known as a Legal Entity Identifier – can be requested, renewed and transferred. This will keep you on the right side of the law.

Enjoy the Xerius triple guarantee

Xerius is recognised as an LEI issuer by the Global Legal Entity Identifier Foundation (GLEIF). Letting us manage your LEI code allows you to benefit from our double guarantee:

  • Organising your LEI code is quick and easy.
  • Xerius will make sure it is renewed on time every year. You won't need to give it a second thought.

Everything you need to know about your LEI code

Why were LEI codes introduced?

The financial crisis was caused by negligence on the part of the banks and stock exchanges, and Europe took robust measures to prevent another day of reckoning. LEI codes (standing for Legal Entity Identifier) are one such measure. These unique identifiers make it easier to trace transactions, in turn making the market more transparent – and safer.

Who has to request an LEI code?

Under a European investment directive, LEI codes are required for companies, organisations and associations. Without this number they cannot trade shares, bonds, warrants, government certificates and other financial products.

What do LEI codes look like?

An LEI code is a 20-character code.

  • The first 4 digits are the LEI issuer's prefix. Xerius' prefix is 6994.
  • After this comes a combination of 14 letters and digits. This code is unique for each applicant.
  • The last 2 digits are check digits.

The 20-character code is structured according to the ISO 17442 standard.

Xerius offers a complete, hassle-free LEI code service from start to finish.

Xerius is recognised as an LEI issuer by the Global Legal Entity Identifier Foundation (GLEIF). This means we're able to provide, renew or manage your LEI code in just a few clicks.

What information should be included with a request?

First and foremost, we need your company or organisation's details such as its name, address and company number.

Are you a manager or director? If so, and your company does not have a parent company, you don't need to provide any more documentation.  Your LEI code will be issued almost immediately.

Are you submitting a request as an authorised representative? In that case, we'll need a copy of your authorisation document, which is simple to upload.  You'll usually be issued with your LEI code on the same day.

Does your company have a parent company? If so, Xerius will search for evidence such as a consolidated financial statement. If we can't find any evidence, we'll ask you to provide some.  Of course, in this case your request will take a little longer.

Do you want to feel confident and carefully read our terms and conditions? No problem. Our General Terms and Conditions and Terms of Use are summarised here.

Request an LEI online

All companies and organisations registered in the Central Enterprise Databank (BCE/KBO) are welcome at Xerius. Xerius is also accredited as an LEI issuer for the Netherlands and France. You can submit a request if you're a manager, director or authorised representative. Just a few clicks later, you'll have your code.

If you're not in the Central Enterprise Databank, get in touch at lei@xerius.be or call +32 (0)3 221 09 69. We may be able to offer another solution.

You're in the right place with Xerius

You don't need to worry about renewing your code. Up to six weeks before your code expires, we'll e-mail you to check whether your details are still correct. All you then have to do is pay and you're done: you can carry out transactions all year long.

You see, Xerius doesn't just give you a number – our complete service is a great reason to let us manage your LEI code.

If you still have questions about LEI codes, you'll find all the answers here.

  • Can I request an LEI code for a non-Belgian company?
    Xerius is accredited for Belgium, France and the Netherlands. If you need an LEI code for an entity from another country, we can also help you thanks to our international network. Just send us an e-mail at lei@xerius.be or call us on +32 (0)3 221 09 69.
  • My LEI details are not, or no longer, up to date. What happens now?

    No problem! Pass on the correct data via lei@xerius.be.


  • How do I terminate my LEI code?

    Your LEI code will always be linked to your business or organisation. Your code is valid for one year, and if it is not renewed will be classified as LAPSED (expired). You can renew your code at any time.

    Your LEI code will only be terminated if your business or organisation ceases to exist, for example because of a merger, liquidation or bankruptcy. Simply notify us of this by writing to us at lei@xerius.be. Xerius will take care of the rest.

  • Where can I find a company/organisation's LEI code?
    You can do this on the Global Legal Entity Identifier Foundation (GLEIF) website. You can search by company number, name and address. You will also be able to see whether their LEI code is still valid.
  • How do I report an error in a client or partner's LEI details?

    If Xerius manages their LEI code, send an e-mail to lei@xerius.be. Include the LEI code in question and the error. If necessary, Xerius will contact the business or organisation and amend these details.

    If the LEI code is not managed by Xerius, use the Challenge function on the GLEIF website.

  • How can I become a Xerius partner?

    If you're active in the financial sector and want to take on your clients' LEI administration, Xerius would love to work with you. Send an e-mail to lei@xerius.be or call us on +32 (0)3 221 09 69.

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