Guidelines on the use of Credit Ratings by Financial Intermediaries

Status: Under development

These Guidelines are to be developed by the Joint Committee of the European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs). The discussion paper presents a set of questions to banks and other financial institutions and ‎intermediaries concerning their reliance on credit ratings in their contractual practice that is outside of the cases in which reliance on ratings is required by the existing regulatory framework. The responses will be used by the Joint Committee together with an independent study carried out by one of the most authoritative academics in the field to present in Q2 2015 a first draft of possible alternatives to credit ratings.

  • Discussion Paper
Discussion on the use of Credit Ratings by Financial Intermediaries (JC/DP/2014/01)

Summary
23/12/2014

The Joint Committee of the European Supervisory Authorities (EBA, EIOPA and ESMA) has published a Discussion Paper on the use of credit ratings by financial intermediaries in the EU. The consultation deadline has been extended until 13 March 2015.
 
The DP presents a set of questions to banks and other financial institutions and ‎intermediaries concerning their reliance on credit ratings in their contractual practice, that is outside of the cases in which reliance on ratings is required by the existing regulatory framework. The questions are also addressed to national supervisors ‎who are welcome to contribute their views on the subject.
 
The Joint Committee will use the replies to the DP together with an independent study carried out by one of the most authoritative academics in the field to present in Q2 2015 a first draft of possible alternatives to credit ratings. 
 
 
All contributions should be submitted online at www.esma.europa.eu under the heading ‘Your input - Consultations’.