Richard Symonds



Richard Symonds is a recently retired Senior Counsel in the Legal Department of the World Bank. In that position he worked on a variety of regulatory and governance issues with the capital markets institutions or regulators of the Bank’s client countries. In addition, he participated in the activities of international organizations on behalf of the Bank, such as IOSCO’s evaluations of the securities regulatory regimes of developing countries and UNCITRAL’s Colloquia on Commercial Fraud. Prior to his work at the Bank he served as a consultant and Chief of Party on USAID and World Bank sponsored projects for the development of the capital markets in a number of emerging markets in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

For over ten years, Mr. Symonds worked with the securities and commodities regulatory agencies of the United States as an enforcement attorney for the SEC and as the Western Regional Counsel for the CFTC. Early in his career he was also an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Texas representing the Texas State Securities Board.

While studying at the University of Texas Law School, Mr. Symonds served as an Articles Editor of the Texas International Law Journal and was a member of the University’s Jessup International Moot Court Team.



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Degrees & Universities

  • J.D., University of Texas School of Law 1976
  • B.A., Johns Hopkins University 1971 (International Relations)
  • M.A., Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies 1971 (with distinction)