Mr Richard Comotto

'Mr Richard Comotto

Mr Richard Comotto

  • Senior Visiting Fellow

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Profile & Expertise

Richard is a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Centre, one of the longest-serving members of the adjunct faculty, who delivers the popular MSc module on short-term financial markets (FX, money markets and securities financing). His special interests are repo and other forms of securities financing, and electronic trading in OTC markets. He is course director for the Professional Repo Market Course delivered by ICMA in Europe and jointly with ASIFMA in Asia, and for the ICMA-ISLA GMRA-GMSLA Legal and Documentation Workshop, Director of the ICMA semi-annual survey of the European repo market and consultant to the ICMA’s European Repo Council (ERC), for whom he has recently produced a White Paper on ‘The operation of the European repo market, the role of short-selling, the problem of settlement failures and the need for reform of the market infrastructure’ as well as studies on collateral haircuts and the role of repo in shadow banking.

Richard also acts as an independent consultant providing research, support and training on the institutional money, securities and derivatives markets to a wide range of clients, including professional market associations, government agencies, regulatory authorities, multilateral development banks, banks, brokers and information services, both in the City of London and outside the UK. Richard served for 10 years in the Bank of England (1979-89), including the Bank’s International and Foreign Exchange Divisions and on secondment to the UK Delegation to the International Monetary Fund in Washington DC (1987-89).


  • Money Markets
  • Foreign Exchange
  • Securities Financing
  • Repo


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