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Selecting the right Legal Entity for the “O” field in your X500 name

According to existing Corda Network guidelines, every node on Corda Network should represent a different legal entity to best enable interoperability for future operations. The legal entity name picked should be the owner of the assets which would be transacted.

The Legal Entity is found in the O field, of the node’s X500 name The Legal Entity should not be a high-level Corporate Group (for example, “HSBC”) but the specific legal entity which owns the assets (for example: HSBC Asset Finance (UK) Limited)

It should match the exact name in the government official trade list, in which it is registered.

Here is a few examples of filling out the whole X500 name, in practice. Take a careful look at the O field selected - this is the cause of most error!

Example 1:

Field title Example
Organisation (O) NatWest Markets PLC
City (L) Edinburgh
Country (C) UK
Organisation Unit (OU) FI
State (US / Canada only)  
Common Name (CN)  
Node Operator email address admin@natwestmarkets.com (example - not actual email address)

This is the correct Legal Entity name, as evidenced in the UK government trade register, here:https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/SC090312

Example 2:

Field title Example
Organisation (O) BNP PARIBAS SA
City (L) Serignan
Country (C) France
Organisation Unit (OU) Agent1
State (US / Canada only)  
Common Name (CN)  
Node Operator email address information@bnpp.fr (example - not actual email address)

This is the correct Legal Entity name, as evidenced in the French government trade register, here: http://www.sirene.fr/sirene/public/recherche

Here are some examples of government trade registers (list is a work in progress):

Country Link
Australia https://connectonline.asic.gov.au/RegistrySearch/faces/landing/SearchRegisters.jspx?_adf.ctrl-state=jx0kwgy52_4
Canada https://beta.canadasbusinessregistries.ca/search
Chile https://www.conservador.cl/portal/indice_comercio
France http://www.sirene.fr/sirene/public/accueil?sirene_locale=en
Finland https://virre.prh.fi/novus/home?execution=e1s1
Hungary https://www.e-cegjegyzek.hu/?cegkereses
India http://www.mca.gov.in/mcafoportal/viewCompanyMasterData.do
Luxembourg https://www.lbr.lu/mjrcs/jsp/DisplayConsultDocumentsActionNotSecured.action?FROM_MENU=true&time=1568379674560&currentMenuLabel=menu.item.companyconsultation
Philippines https://www.bnrs.dti.gov.ph/web/guest/search
Singapore https://www.bizfile.gov.sg/ngbbizfileinternet/faces/oracle/webcenter/portalapp/pages/BizfileHomepage.jspx
South Africa https://eservices.cipc.co.za/Search.aspx
UK https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/
US https://www.sec.gov/edgar/searchedgar/companysearch.html

This page may also be helpful: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_company_registers#cite_note-194