GLEIF finds the instructions, tables, and templates provided by the EBA to be clear. This level of standardization and harmonization will help EBA collect consistent and comparable public information on the public policy of investment firms. GLEIF also welcomes the LEI requirement for all disclosing companies under the Article 2 General specifications and IF IP1 – Template on Proportion of Voting Rights.
The draft RTS aims that disclosures be meaningful and consistent over time to enable users to compare information across disclosure periods.
According to Article 5, “Disclosure of explanation of the use of proxy advisor firms”, (a) the information on the list of proxy advisor firms used by the investment firm by using table IF IP3.01 of Annex I to this Regulation and by following the instructions set out in Annex II to this Regulation.
In the Annex I, IF IP3 “Proxy Advisory Firms”, the “identifier of the proxy advisory firm” is requested. According to the Annex II, which lays out the instructions to populate Annex I, the “identifier of the proxy firm” is explained as the “identifier of the proxy advisory firm, preferably a LEI.”. GLEIF suggests that for complete harmonization of identification and transparency purposes, the LEI should be mandatory for “proxy advisory firms” as well.
Additionally, uniquely identifying proxy advisory firms with the LEI would help to disclose the links between proxy firms and undertakings or groups in which investment firms hold shares and prevent any potential conflicts of interest.