Managing Director Head of Capital Markets
The Association for Financial Markets in Europe (AFME)

Daytime MBA

Class of 1980

Council Affiliation:

European Regional Advisory Board


London, United Kingdom


Rick Watson is Managing Director and Head of Capital Markets at AFME, the Association for Financial Markets in Europe. AFME is the trade group for the investment banking industry in Europe. As a member of AFME’s senior management committee he leads staff whose member committees include all the main fixed-income and equities-related cash products across Europe. These include government bonds, covered bonds, investment-grade and high-yield credit, securitization, equities trading, corporate finance, ECM, post-trade and prime services issues. He also leads AFME’s growth-related initiatives, as well as AFME’s investor and corporate relationships. Previously, Mr. Watson was Managing Director, Structured Finance, for FGIC UK Limited.

Prior to joining FGIC, Rick held positions as head of securitization origination at HSBC Bank plc and Bear Stearns in London, and before then worked at UBS Limited, Morgan Stanley and Freddie Mac. In September 2013 he was appointed to the Insurance and Reinsurance Stakeholder Group of EIOPA (European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority, the pan-European insurance regulatory authority) and in January 2006, he co-edited the Euromoney Books publication "Asset Securitization and Synthetic Structures: Innovation in the European Credit Markets”.

Rick is married with two children, and lives in London