Rick Watson is Managing Director, Head of Capital Markets, Membership and Events at AFME, the Association for Financial Markets in Europe. In this role he oversees the activity of AFME’s Capital Markets division, whose member committees include all the main fixed income and equities-related cash products across Europe, AFME’s growth-related initiatives, as well as AFME’s investor and corporate relationships. He also oversees the work of AFME’s Growth and Capital Markets Union Steering Committees. In addition, Rick leads AFME’s Membership and Events teams, providing strategic direction for the development of AFME’s events portfolio and membership offering.
Previously, Rick was Managing Director, Structured Finance, for FGIC UK Limited. Prior to joining FGIC, Rick held positions as head of securitisation origination at HSBC Bank plc and Bear Stearns in London, and before then worked at UBS Limited, Morgan Stanley and Freddie Mac. Rick received an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. In September 2013 he was appointed to the EIOPA Insurance and Reinsurance Stakeholder Group and in January 2006, he co-edited the Euromoney Books’ publication "Asset Securitisation and Synthetic Structures: Innovation in the European Credit Markets”. In 2017, he was appointed to the board of the East End Community Foundation.