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Nick Leeson

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, and gives a cautionary tale to audiences regarding compliance and managing risk. 

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.

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.
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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What people said about Nick Leeson

Nick Leeson was excellent. Very frank, open and honest. We would have no hesitation in recommending Nick to other organisations..
Elaine Maher, Irish Brokers Association
All enjoyed his very timely observations about the continued challenges of risk management at many leading financial institutions.
Tim Roberts, Director, McKinsey & Company
The life story which you had to tell us was a remarkable one and contained everything a Hollywood film would have.
Lisa Cameron, SWW Media
Nick spoke very openly and candidly about his experiences. I watched the delegates and he totally captured everyone's attention.
RSA Conference Europe
We found Mr Leeson to be an excellent speaker, who added to the quality and debate of our event, delivering on all promises especially on his openness and willingness to field all manner of questions from our audience of auditors and fraud investigators.
Sara Hook, MIS Training
Nick Leeson was an excellent speaker. A real insight into how things can go drastically wrong and the resulting consequences.
Gazprom Marketing & Trading Limited
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