The Banking Ombudsman

  • The institution Swiss Banking Ombudsman took up its duties in April 1993. Since then the office is well established and deals with an increasing number of enquiries (currently about 2000 a year).
  • The Banking Ombudsman also runs a Central Claims Office for persons searching for dormant assets (Search for assets).
  • Marco Franchetti is the Banking Ombudsman since July 2013. He is supported by a multilingual team of lawyers, economists and banking specialists.

Independent mediation

  • The Banking Ombudsman deals with specific complaints which are raised against banks based in Switzerland.
  • The Banking Ombudsman is independent and neutral and he treats inquiries strictly confidential.
  • The mediation process is free of charge.

Swiss Banking Ombudsman Foundation

  • The office of the Swiss Banking Ombudsman is supported by the Swiss Banking Ombudsman Foundation.
  • The Board of the Foundation consists of independent public personalities.
  • President of the Foundation is Annemarie Huber-Hotz, Dr. h.c. and former Federal Chancellor.

What to do?

  • Please address your complaint initially to your bank and ask for a written response.
  • Is the bank's response unsatisfactory, please contact the Banking Ombudsman either orally or in writing.
  • Once a public authority is actively involved (e.g. a court, administrative body or prosecuting office), it is generally too late for the Banking Ombudsman to become active.
  • Please refer to the page Enquires for the detailed steps to follow.
Current topics

Herausgabe von Kopien «alter» Bankdokumente (available only in German)

January 3rd, 2019

Bankkunden können die nochmalige Zurverfügungstellung von bereits einmal erhaltenen Bankunterlagen verlangen. Wie der Bankenombudsman Fälle handhabt, in welchen der zeitliche Umfang der Herausgabepflicht der Bank oder deren mit einer Herausgabe

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Selected Cases

Payment instructions debiting an estate account

Test

One of the co-heirs of the bank client asked the bank to debit the deceased’s account for a bill for expenses incurred by her prior to the customer’s death, and

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Press Release 2019

The time of “free services” is gone!

June 27th, 2019

The time of “free services” is gone! E-banking: when the customer makes a mistake, who is responsible? Banks face major challenges when it comes to offences involving elderly people. First

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