Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) vs Business Registration Number (BRN) in Hong Kong

The Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) is a standard identifier that provides verified data on legal entities and is registered on a centralized system, the Global LEI System. A Business Registration Number (BRN) is required for every business operating in Hong Kong.


Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) in Hong Kong

The LEI is a 20-character alphanumeric code that is based on the ISO 17442 standard developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). LEI number is used as a reference to important information that offers transparency when taking part in financial transactions such as trading with stocks, bonds, or forex.

LEI connects to key reference information that enables a clear and unique identification of legal entities participating in financial transactions on a global scale. Each LEI contains well-structured reference data which is categorized into 2 sections: Level 1 data – “who is who” and parental (Level 2) data – “who owns whom”.

Level 1 data includes entity registration details, such as legal name, number of registration, legal and HQ address, etc. Parental (Level 2) data contains information about an entity’s ownership structure and thus answers the question of “who owns whom”.

Simply put, the publicly available LEI data pool transfers unstructured entity registration data into a standardized global directory, which helps to enhance transparency in the global marketplace.

How to get an LEI in Hong Kong? 

An LEI code needs to be obtained through an LEI service provider, this could be a Local Service Provider (LOU) or a Registration Agent (RA). The Global LEI System (GLEIS) is designed to encourage competition between LEI issuers and registrators for the benefit of legal entities seeking to obtain an LEI. Generating a price for issuing and maintaining an LEI has therefore been left to the organizations themselves. This explains why some companies charge double the price of their competitors. 

Where to find LEI-s in Hong Kong?

Any interested party can access and search the complete global LEI data pool free of charge. You’ll be able to quickly source information on who is who and “who owns whom”.

LEI Register – number one Registration Agent worldwide

LEI Register is an official Registration Agent – we have been helping legal entities apply for new LEI codes or transfer and renew existing LEI codes since early 2018. We have successfully pursued our goal to make the LEI registration process simple, automated, fast, and affordable. At LEI Register we keep our profit margins low and believe in building long-term business relationships.

LEI Register has built a loyal customer base by offering the lowest prices on the market, all whilst keeping active 7 days a week customer support in a local language in 35 countries.  


Business Registration Number (BRN)

Every business operating in Hong Kong requires a Business Registration Number (BRN). The Business Registration Office of Hong Kong, China is responsible for registering businesses carried on by entities. The BR number is a unique number assigned to a business.

This number is issued by the Inland Revenue Department (IRD) before a work location can be set up. 

How to get a BR number or BRN in Hong Kong?

The public can enquire about the business registration number of a business through the eTAX service, which has been registered with the Business Registration Office of the Inland Revenue Department, by the input of the FULL Chinese or English business name of the target business and its location, i.e. Hong Kong, Kowloon or New Territories.

Where to find BRN-s in Hong Kong?

Your Hong Kong business registration number will be present on your Business Registration Certificate. You may also do a Hong Kong business registration number search. You can conduct a search at GovHK Business Registration Number Enquiry.