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With no further extension of relief by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) in sight, the 30 September deadline for legal entities, including self-managed superannuation funds (SMSFs), to obtain a Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) is fast approaching.

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Wealth management infrastructure provider, APIR Systems, has launched key upgrades to its existing data capabilities by creating more flexible delivery methods and adding a validation service, enabling real-time APIR code authentication.

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APIR Systems, the Australian provider of identification codes for investment products, is experiencing a big increase in demand for its ‘legal entity identifiers’ (LEIs), prompted by a new September 30 deadline set by ASIC.

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Notwithstanding another extension of relief by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), the deadline for legal entities, including self-managed superannuation funds (SMSFs), to obtain a Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) is fast approaching.

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We are pleased to announce the latest release of the APIR Client Portal.

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The passing by both Houses of the Bill to introduce the Asia Region Funds Passport (ARFP) is good news for the Australian financial services industry and will play a key role in facilitating growth in the region, says Chris Donohoe, CEO of APIR.

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The Banking Royal Commission has brought the issue of regulation, and consumer protection, top of mind, but it will be important that any increased regulation that occurs as a result is not out of step with the regulatory developments in the rest of the world, says Mr Chris Donohoe, CEO of APIR Systems.

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Traditionally standard identifiers have been used by the wealth management industry to improve efficiencies in transaction processing, reporting and information flows. In some jurisdictions such as Australia identifiers also play an important role in the compliance framework.

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The release of draft legislation and launch of a pilot program for the Asia Region Funds Passport (ARFP) is a positive step in the initiative to facilitate cross-border distribution of funds between member jurisdictions. Importantly, the Joint Committee is now considering requirements for passported products to ensure that an optimum operating model underpins an efficient regional ecosystem, says Chris Donohoe, CEO of APIR.

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The decision by the European Securities and Market's Authority (ESMA) to extend the 3 January 2018 Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) deadline for six months, to support the smooth introduction of the requirements is welcomed as a necessary measure, says Chris Donohoe, Chief Executive Officer, APIR Systems.

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Australian financial services entities including funds, brokers/traders and trustees of self-managed superannuation funds may be unable to transact with European counterparties from 3 January 2018 if they don't yet have a Legal Entity Identifier (LEI), says Chris Donohoe, Chief Executive Officer, APIR Systems.

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