Julia Symon

Head of Research & Advocacy

Julia Symon leads the Finance Watch team of policy experts in policy development and technical advocacy.

Julia Symon has extensive working experience in the banking industry. Prior to joining Finance Watch, she spent ten years working as an internal audit manager for two international banks in Germany. Julia joined Finance Watch in 2021 and was appointed as the Head of Research and Advocacy in January 2022.

Her areas of expertise cover banks’ risk management and internal control system, in particular credit risk and lending processes, capital adequacy assessment,; governance, regulatory compliance, as well as custody and investment management services. Julia has experience of banks´ supervisory interactions under supervisory review and evaluation process (SREP). At Finance Watch, she has worked on banking and insurance prudential regulation, climate-related financial risk, sustainable finance and Capital Markets Union, among others.

Julia holds a Master’s degree in international economics with majors in financial management and international trade from the University of Konstanz, Germany, and a Master’s degree in international economics / European integration from the Kyiv National Economic University. She also obtained a certified Financial Risk Manager (FRM) qualification from the Global Association of Risk Professionals

Policy Areas

  • Digital Finance
  • Public Finance
  • Retail & Inclusion
  • Stability & Supervision
  • Sustainable Finance

Areas of expertise:

  • Banking regulation
  • Financial markets
  • Insurance
  • Sustainable finance

Contact Information

Finance Watch

Rue Ducale 67 b3, 1000 Bruxelles

Participated in these publications

Consultation response

BCBS Core principles: the specificity of climate risk requires a precautionary approach (Consultation)

In its response to the consultation by the Basel Committee on Banking...
Joint statement

Joint letter – 16 organisations urge ECON to bolster action against climate risk in Basel III finalisation

In a joint letter signed by 16 organisations, Finance Watch...
Joint statement

Joint Statement calling for a robust and ambitious Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CSDDD)

Finance Watch, along with members of the Informal Group on...
Open letter

Open letter calling on the G20 for a #SafeTransition

In an open letter signed by more than 60 organisations,...
Report

Report – A safer transition for fossil banking: Quantifying capital needed to reflect transition risk

New research shows the world’s 60 biggest banks have $1.35...
Consultation response

Response to the EBA Discussion Paper on Environmental Risks in the Prudential Framework

Finance Watch welcomes the comprehensive work the EBA (European Banking...
Open letter

Open letter: banks and insurers must account for climate risk

In the open letter below, sent to policymakers in the...
Consultation response

Response to consultation on the functioning of the ESG ratings market and on the consideration of ESG factors in credit ratings

Methodological requirements to incorporate the consideration of relevant ESG factors...
Consultation response

Comments on the FDIC statement of principles for climate-related financial risk management

Finance Watch has responded to a request for comments by...
Consultation response

Improving the EU Macroprudential Framework for the Banking Sector (Consultation response)

In order to contain the financial stability risks posed by...
Consultation response

Feedback on OCC Principles for Climate-Related Financial Risk Management for Large Banks

Finance Watch has responded to a consultation by the US...
Consultation response

BCBS Consultation response on the principles to effectively manage and supervise climate-related financial risks

On February 16, Finance Watch published its response to the...
Consultation response

Consultation response for EIOPA: climate change materiality assessments and scenarios in ORSAs

On February 10, Finance Watch published its response to the...
Consultation response

Consultation response on the review of prudential rules for insurance and reinsurance firms (Solvency II Directive)

On 10 January 2022, Finance Watch published its response to...
Report

Report: A ‘silver bullet’ against Green Swans – Incorporating climate risk into prudential rules

Simple measures taken now can sever climate change-financial instability link,...
Consultation response

Consultation response on the functioning of the EU securitisation framework

The single EU securitisation market is by no means a...
Consultation response

Response to Commission public consultation: Retail investment strategy for Europe

Important improvements are needed to the retail investor protection framework...
Consultation response

Consultation Response on the Supervisory Convergence and the Single Rule Book

Finance Watch supports convergence of supervisory practices and European law...
Consultation response

Consultation Response on “Preparedness and Resilience to Climate-Related Risks” for the OSFI, Canada

Finance Watch urges the OSFI to make use of its capital...
Consultation response

Establishing ESAP: EU Commission consultation response

Response to the European Commission consultation on the establishment of...

Policy Areas

  • Digital Finance
  • Public Finance
  • Retail & Inclusion
  • Stability & Supervision
  • Sustainable Finance

Areas of expertise:

  • Banking regulation
  • Financial markets
  • Insurance
  • Sustainable finance