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Biography: Nick Leeson

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"Nick Leeson was excellent on the day, very frank, open and honest and allowed for a substantial Q&A session which was very well received at the event. We would have no hesitation in recommending Nick to other organisations such as ourselves."
Elaine Maher, Irish Brokers Association

"Once again, I wanted to thank Nick Leeson for coming to speak at our Financial Services Away-Day. Speaking to my colleagues afterwards, they all enjoyed his very timely observations about the continued challenges of risk management at many leading financial institutions. Nick Leeson's talk also fitted in very well with our own internal discussions about how we can best help our clients in these times of economic uncertainty."
Tim Roberts, Director, McKinsey & Company

"Thank you for coming to speak to us at our first ever Business Show. The minute you stood on the stage and started to speak, the audience was gripped. The life story which you had to tell us was a remarkable one and contained everything a Hollywood film would have. The connection you made was instant, which is not something easily accomplished."
Lisa Cameron, SWW Media

"Nick spoke very openly and candidly about his experiences which made him very likeable. I watched the delegates when he was speaking and he totally captured everyone's attention. It was also great for Nick to take questions from the floor - you never quite know what you're going to get. Really good job!"
RSA Conference Europe

Branded a charlatan and a crook, Nick Leeson was jailed for bringing down his former employer, Barings Bank, and credited with causing the biggest financial scandal of the twentieth century, with rampant risk-taking, exempt from basic security checks.

Nick Leeson aka the 'rogue trader', popular after dinner and conference speaker, invites curiosity, intrigue and sympathy. The collapse of Barings bank and Nick’s role in it is one of the most spectacular debacles in modern financial history.

Considering the fact that Barings was the financial empire that funded the Napoleonic Wars, it’s impossible to imagine that it came crashing down at the hands of one daring and irresponsible gambler who found himself in a horrifying spiral of trouble. When the Singaporean markets went into sudden chaos, Nick was arrested and imprisoned for six and a half years for forgery and cheating.

"Nick Leeson gave one of the most interesting and thought-provoking talks of the weekend with his personal account of how he brought the UK's oldest investment bank, Barings Bank to collapse through his fraudulent speculation."
Warwick Economics Summit 2011

From Nick’s perspective he had made enormous mistakes, had lost control and deserved to be punished.
He recounts the sorry tale with a frank self-awareness and apportioning little if any blame to the lax security checks he was subject to, and to the absence of monitoring by his employer of his younger self and his carefree, ambitious and arrogant colleagues and peers.

His story is full of human interest angles, and Nick is expertly placed to provide consultancy on risk management, compliance and corporate responsibility.

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