Julia Symon

Head of Research & Advocacy

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Areas of expertise:
  • Banking regulation
  • Capital markets
  • Financial Markets
  • Sustainable finance

As Head of Research & Advocacy Julia Symon leads the Finance Watch team of policy advisors in policy development and technical advocacy.

Julia Symon has extensive working experience in the banking industry. Her expertise banks’ internal controls, risk management, in particular credit risk and lending processes, capital adequacy assessment; governance, regulatory compliance, as well as custody and asset manager services.

In January 2022, Finance Watch appointed her as its Head of Research and Advocacy. She joined Finance Watch in January 2021 as a Senior Research and Advocacy officer, working on topics including CRR / CRD, Capital Markets Union and MiFID / MiFIR. Before then, Julia worked as an internal audit manager for two international banks – Commerzbank in Frankfurt and State Street Bank in Munich. Throughout her audit career, Julia worked on a large variety of topics, based on which she has a solid knowledge of financial regulation, banks´ organization and processes, understanding of current developments and challenges of the banking industry and financial markets.

“Working for banks, I have always taken an interest in the macroeconomic trends, financial stability and prudential regulation on the EU and global level, especially given that fact that I have started my professional career shortly after the financial crisis of 2008-2009.”
Julia Symon

Julia holds a master’s degree in international economic relations with majors in financial management and international trade from the University of Konstanz, Germany, as well as the certified financial risk manager (FRM) qualification.