Nick Leeson – Keynote Speaker

One of the most spectacular debacles in modern financial history

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Specialist Subjects

  • Conduct
  • Compliance
  • Control and Transparency
  • Risk Management
  • Ethics
  • Corporate Responsibility and Governance


  • English


The collapse of Barings Bank, and Nick Leeson’s role in it, remains one of the most spectacular debacles in modern financial history. How could one trader, only 25 years old, bring down the banking empire that had funded the Napoleonic Wars? Nick Leeson, the young gambler who found himself sucked into a terrifying spiral of loss was a working-class boy who lived out of his depth, high in an upper-class world, until his unchecked gambling caused the downfall of Barings Bank and caused chaos in the Singaporean money market.

Nick Leeson speaks regularly around the world to business and organisations from every corporate sector. He provides a fascinating insight into the continuing failures of senior and middle management at large corporations who still fail to protect shareholders and customers. Despite more audacious and larger scale incidents of rogue trading since the collapse of Barings in 1995, Nick Leeson remains the most infamous rogue trader and one of the world’s most sought-after keynote speakers within the financial sector.

For after dinner presentations Nick Leeson’s personal story has a number of human interest aspects that will astound any audience, so his talks are not restricted to the world of suits and power lunches that he used to frequent. Nick speaks openly and candidly about Barings Bank and the lack of accounting safeguards that ultimately led to the bank’s collapse, his capture and confinement for 9 months in a Frankfurt prison before being extradited and sentenced by the Singapore court for forgery and cheating. It includes his account of spending four and a half years in a gang-ridden Singaporean Jail, the stress of going through divorce and beating colon cancer whilst still in jail.

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