Legal Notes ARTICLE 38 para. 6 CSDR

ARTICLE 38 para. 6 CSDR

Following completion of the merger of UBS Switzerland AG and Credit Suisse (Switzerland) Ltd., Credit Suisse (Switzerland) Ltd.’s business was transferred to UBS Switzerland AG, and Credit Suisse (Switzerland) Ltd. ceased to exist. At this time however, the two entities did not operationally merge and, as a result, we continue to have two sets of operational infrastructure and processes during this transitionary period.

Legally Required Participant Cost Disclosure

This Cost Disclosure provides an indication of the cost structure associated with supporting the account types described below. The applicable fees are available upon request.

1. Introduction

Credit Suisse (Switzerland) Ltd., a Swiss bank domiciled in Switzerland (“Bank”), is a Participant of Euroclear, a Central Securities Depository (CSD) domiciled in Belgium.

Art. 38 of the Central Securities Depository Regulation, CSDR, requires Bank to offer indirect Participants of a European Economic Area (“EEA”) CSD (i.e. of Euroclear) the possibility of omnibus client segregated accounts (OSA) or individual client segregated accounts (ISA). Furthermore, according to Art. 38 para. 6 CSDR, Bank shall publish the cost and specifics concerning the level of protection granted by different types of accounts.

The purpose of this document is to disclose the cost structure associated with the different types of segregated accounts supported by the Participant in respect of securities held directly for its clients with Central Securities Depositories (CSDs) within the EEA:

  • Omnibus client segregated accounts (OSA) and
  • Individual client segregated accounts (ISA)

2. General information

This document should be read in conjunction with the relevant Legally Required Participant Disclosure Document and it is intended as additional information and support for your decision regarding the choice of account type that is best suited to your activity profile and needs.

Whilst this document shall be helpful to you when making this decision, it does not constitute legal or any other form of advice and must not be relied on as such.

You may need additional information to make your decision on which account type or level of segregation is suitable for you. It is your responsibility to review and conduct your own due diligence on the relevant rules, legal documentation and any other information provided to you. You may wish to appoint your own professional advisors to assist you with this.

3. Overview cost information

Below section is intended as an overview of the main driving factors which determine and shape the cost structure when setting up, maintaining and operating accounts at CSD level. Such factors are likely to include:

  • Account type: depending on the account type clients opted for, i.e. OSA or ISA;
  • Number of accounts: the number of accounts clients request has a direct impact on the time and resources required at the Bank and at the CSD in order to set up these accounts and maintain them on an ongoing basis;
  • Technical setup at the CSD: set-up and maintenance costs and fees (if any and if applicable) charged by the CSD will be passed on to clients;
  • Technical setup at the Bank: such set-up and maintenance costs and fees as well as costs and expenses associated with potential migrations from a current OSA setup into an ISA setup will be charged to clients;

Bank currently offers and supports both account types at the CSDs:

  • OSA is used to hold the securities of a number of Bank's clients on a collective basis. Bank's own proprietary securities are excluded and are safekept separately. OSA is the standard account structure at the CSD. Currently Bank does not intend to change the existing OSA cost structure. This remains however subject to possible future cost reviews by the CSD or by the Bank.
  • ISA is used to hold the securities of a single client of Bank, not commingled with the securities of other clients and/or with Bank's own proprietary securities. The cost of us setting up and maintaining an ISA on behalf of clients is typically higher compared to the OSA option. This is mainly driven by the additional complexity and expenditures both at the Bank and at the CSD in order to set up ISAs and maintain them on an ongoing basis. Such cost will be passed on to clients as incurred. This remains true also in case of possible future reviews of the applicable terms and conditions by the CSD or by the Bank.

The following indicative information shows our anticipated charging structure for OSA vs. ISA:


Fee type charged



One time cost Initial setup fee charged for every
new segregated account request 
  Migration fee charged for the migration
of the existing portfolio (including pending
trades) in case of a switch request from OSA to ISA
Recurring cost Monthly maintenance fee covers technical,
legal, operational support of segregated accounts
  Third party charges if applicable and as incurred  

*As bilaterally agreed in the existing Fee Schedule.

This material is provided as additional information for the client's decision regarding the choice of account type (OSA or ISA) that is best suited to client's activity profile and needs. It is only an indication of costs likely to be incurred when opting for an OSA or an ISA as a client of Bank.

We are happy to discuss and provide the fees applicable to your specific case at your request. For more information, please contact your Relationship Manager.


Central Securities Depository (CSD) is an entity which records legal entitlements to dematerialised securities and operates a system for the settlement of transactions in those securities.
Central Securities Depository Regulation (CSDR), refers to EU Regulation 909/2014 which sets out rules applicable to CSDs domiciled in Belgium and their participants.
Individual Client Segregated Account (ISA), is used to hold the securities of a single client.
Omnibus Client Segregated Account (OSA), is used to hold the securities of a number of clients on a collective basis.
Participant means an entity that holds securities in an account with a CSD and is responsible for settling transactions in securities that take place within a CSD.