The Strategic Services division employs a range of specialist teams.
The International Affairs group is the central point of contact for FINMA's international activities. In addition to the management and coordination of international bodies and maintaining contact with foreign supervisory authorities and relevant EU organisations, this group is also responsible for the negotiation of international agreements.
The Regulation group is responsible for managing, reviewing and developing the areas of financial market regulation relevant for FINMA and the coordination of ongoing FINMA regulation projects. This group also supports the divisions in drawing up new regulations such as FINMA ordinances and circulars.
The Legal and Compliance group is responsible for regulations, FINMA's central contract and procurement management and the implementation of the code of conduct, which applies to all FINMA staff and ultimate management. It handles all of the supervisory authority's legal issues and is responsible for liability procedures. Legal and Compliance also assumes responsibility for releasing FINMA staff from official secrecy requirements and for issuing records to domestic authorities.
The Accounting group is responsible for the integrated handling of all accounting issues at FINMA. In performing this function, it advises and supports the other divisions on national and international accounting standards either issued by FINMA or applied by the supervised institutions. In addition to its in-house advisory function, this group is also the point of contact for external accounting-related enquiries.
The General Secretariat and Communications section is charged with the organisational duties relating to FINMA’s Board of Directors and Executive Board. The General Secretariat also cultivates FINMA’s relations with the Swiss Federal Council, the Federal Department of Finance and the General Assembly as well as with other political players. This unit also coordinates FINMA's responses to enquiries from journalists, the public, parliamentarians, government bodies and authorities. Its communication specialists are responsible for handling all FINMA's internal and external communication tasks.
Due to the diversity of its duties, the Strategic Services division provides support to FINMA's executive management and the other divisions, adopting a cross-sectoral approach which ultimately contributes to FINMA's development.