From the Collaborative Bond and Money Market Data Portal
An Issuer – Legal Entity, or Legal entity, is an entity (issuer) that has been formed under law of the country in which it is created and has the legal capacity to issue, register and or sell securities for the purpose of financing its operations.
In some cases, the same legal entity may be recorded multiple times in CMDportal database. This happens when the issuer is a Branch or when the issuer frequently issues Covered Bonds. The reason for this is that for reasons of collateralisation covered bonds carry different and typically higher quality ratings.
Based on available data, on the 1st of December, 2015, the number of active issuers in the International Bond and Money Markets was 17,266 Issuers, totalling USD35trn in 76 different currencies.
For information on Bond and Money Market Issuers, please use our issuer search tool.