Symbiotics SA
Organisation general information
Organisation name: 
Symbiotics SA
Founding year: 
Total number of staff: 
Percentage of microfinance activities: 
Between 70 and 100%
Type of organisation: 
For profit
Consultants and support services (such as rating, IT or law firms), Investment services: Asset Management, Investment Advisory and Market Research.
Organisation's contact person
Contact person: 
Mr. John Staehli
Rue de la Synagogue 31
+41 (22) 338 15 40
+41 (22) 338 15 41
Organisation summary

Corporate Identity: Science refers to "symbiotics" as the study of different species of organisms that are interdependent, gaining benefits from their mutual relationships; life sciences refers to "symbiotics" as the study of human evolution based on social networking and bonding rather than natural selection; social sciences refers to "symbiotics" as the art of associating men for the purpose of establishing, cultivating and conserving social life among them.

Vision: Our vision is to create value through mutually beneficial human relationships.  

Mission: Symbiotics’ mission is to contribute to sustainable development in emerging and frontier markets by providing access to capital in underserved markets to the benefit of micro-, small and medium enterprises, and low and middle income households.

Values: Our corporate values are focused on the principles of independence, integrity and innovation; independence towards our clients and partners, integrity of our staff and work and innovation of our products and services.

Our offering: With complementary and independent value propositions, we cover the full investment intermediation value chain; research & advisory, asset management, structuring, loan origination & servicing, and risk monitoring.

Type of intervention: 
  • Equity
  • Loans
  • Guarantees
  • Investment Analysis, Asset Management, Investment Advisory, Market Research: SYMX Indexes; Annual Symbiotics MIV Survey; SYM50 (
Countries of intervention: 
North America
South America
Areas of intervention: 
  • Macro level: Client protection, Supporting networks and associations, Strengthening national/regional microfinance support sector, Research and industry benchmarks and news platform open to industry, peers, academia.
  • Intermediate level: Rural finance, Value chain development, Microfinance investment vehicules, Social impact/performance, Environmental microfinance, Gender, Education Finance.
  • Micro level: Capital/equity investments, Financial product development and innovation, Performance (financial and social), Ratings and external audits, Graduation of MFIs, Risk management, Management information systems
  • Other themes: Academic research, Impact and performances studies, Sector mapping, Evaluation
Main competences: 

Symbiotics has developed three complementary and independent value propositions, covering the full investment intermediation value chain: Market Research, Asset Management and Investment Advisory.

  • Market Research: we offer a full set of market intelligence and investment analysis products to assist on decision making as well as a range of investment origination and servicing tools to assist on risk management and portfolio monitoring functions.
  • Asset Management:  We operate as an independent investment manager and deliver high quality asset management and product design services for dedicated and customized portfolio strategies. Our clients develop and co-manage with us high performance private label funds with strong social outreach.
  • Investment Advisory:  we are specialized in customized brokerage and pipeline management services for institutional investors and financial planning services to structure debt issuances for financial institutions in the merging and frontier markets.


All of these offerings suit the different needs of socially responsible investors wishing to reach out through investments to micro-, small and medium enterprises and low income households.   Our clients use our services at different levels of intensity, depending on their own strategy, organization and processes.

Please indicate any innovations in your microfinance program planned for the coming year: 

We work with domestic financial institutions which focus on micro-, small and medium enterprises and low income households with the aim of fostering job creation and access to goods of first necessity.  By broadening and deepening the access to capital to microfinance institutions as well as other financial institutions such as SME banks, leasing and factoring companies, to finance an array of Symbiotics is driven by four core themes, that will be further developed in the coming years:

  • FOOD. Microfinance supports rural activities, farmlands and livestock, agribusiness, food processing and small distribution.
  • HOMES. Microfinance supports housing and access to property, home constructions and refurbishments, as well as small local infrastructure. 
  • JOBS. Microfinance supports employment and entrepreneurship.
  • ENERGY. Microfinance supports technology transfer, development and distribution at the bottom of the pyramid, in particular in relation to energy efficiency, renewable energy and clean tech.
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