Institutional investors expect rating agencies like Scope to provide accurate ratings and quality, forward-looking credit research to facilitate their investment decisions. As a Germany-based rating agency, we aim to extend our service offering to investors across Europe and look forward to contributing to a greater diversity of opinions among rating agencies in today's capital markets.

From the beginning of its history, Scope focused on assessing European assets and corporate credit risk. In the wake of ongoing disintermediation across Europe, mid-size companies are increasingly turning to capital market financing. Our corporate ratings contribute to the development of this market segment from a macroeconomic perspective.

A decision-making tool for investors

Our ratings are designed to contribute to the efficiency and transparency of European capital markets. For institutional investors they provide decision-making support. For issuers, they facilitate access to capital markets and broaden the investor base. Investment banks and regulatory authorities use our ratings as well to measure credit risk. Scope applies the internationally recognized rating scale ranging from AAA to D. A rating does not represent a buy or sell recommendation.

Scope provides its institutional investors with a dedicated research platform with access to all ratings, regular publications and a wide range of research material.

Meet our analysts

Scope is committed to delivering rating analyses to our institutional clients on a timely basis. We therefore engage in a transparent dialogue with market participants across Europe, either in face-to-face meetings or at events. We offer tailor-made investor roundtables and seminars to inform about current credit, market and product trends.


Scope's corporate ratings reflect the default probability of a bond and the recovery rate in the event of insolvency. They are based on two main pillars, i.e. a quantitative analysis of the past and current financial situation of the issuer and a qualitative forward-looking analysis of the risk drivers of the company's business and management strategy.