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The Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) has completed its annual assessment of the emergency and recovery plans of the domestic systemically important banks PostFinance, Raiffeisen and ZKB.

ZKB’s emergency plan was deemed ready to implement for the first time.

Systemically important banks must submit an emergency plan to FINMA for assessment annually in which they show how they would maintain their systemically important functions if they were at risk of insolvency. The systemically important functions are the short-term lending business (Raiffeisen and ZKB) as well as the deposits business and payment transactions (PostFinance, Raiffeisen and ZKB).

FINMA was able to confirm that ZKB’s emergency plan is ready to implement for the first time, as ZKB issued the necessary additional loss-absorbing funds in the form of loss-bearing bonds in 2023. The other requirements were already met.

FINMA still considers PostFinance’s emergency plan not ready to implement. PostFinance still does not fulfil the requirements regarding additional loss-absorbing funds, but has now submitted a binding plan to build up these funds.

Raiffeisen’s emergency plan was already deemed ready to implement for the first time in the previous year, and this remains the case.

Systemically important banks must submit a recovery plan to FINMA for approval annually in which they show how they could stabilise themselves on a sustainable basis and without government intervention in the event of destabilisation. As in the previous year, FINMA approved the recovery plans of all domestic systemically important banks. FINMA will use the events surrounding the CS crisis to further develop the requirements for recovery plans.

As a consequence of the takeover of Credit Suisse, UBS is in the process of revising its crisis preparedness. The bank will then submit its resolvability planning as well as its recovery and emergency plans to FINMA for review. FINMA will subsequently assess UBS’s crisis planning and report on it separately.

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