Source Issuer Rating
AA_DE DELA Coöperati.. A
AA_DE Verband öffent.. A+
AA_DE Stuttgarter Leb.. A
AA_DE PrismaLife AG BBB+
AA_DE Sueddeutsche Kr.. A+
RP - 2022-04-04
Estimated EU and UK credit rating agencies market shares for 2021

RP - 2022-02-04
Scheduled Sovereign Rating Reviews for February 2022

RP - 2022-01-03
ESMA publishes EU rating agencies market shares report


Date of last update: October 2020 

Legal Background

The regulatory use of ratings in Switzerland is mainly defined by Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority FINMA. Unlike in the EU, there is no formal registration process for rating agencies in Switzerland. Rating agencies are given the possibility to apply for recognition as an External Credit Assessment Institute (ECAI) only. According to international regulatory practice, FINMA determines the specific rating segments of recognized ECAI’s that can be used for regulatory capital requirements in consideration with domestic needs.

The FINMA Circular 2012/1 on Credit Rating Agencies entered into force on January 1st 2012 and can be found here: http://www.finma.ch/e/regulierung/Documents/finma-rs-2012-01-e.pdf

Recognized Rating Agencies

Currently, the following Rating Agencies are recognized by FINMA in Switzerland:

A.M.Best Rating Services


fedafin AG

Fitch Ratings

Moodys Investors Services

Scope Ratings

Standard & Poors

The recognition is granted separately for the 3 broad market segments “public finance”, “commercial entities” and “structured Finance”, which can be looked up following this link


Long term Ratings from the above agencies are mapped by FINMA onto the 7 credit quality steps applicable to banks in Switzerland as follows:

Mapping of credit ratings to regulatory steps in Switzerland