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EXCLUSIVE interview with Nick Leeson, 25 years after the collapse of Barings
On this day in 1995, Barings Bank collapsed. A colossal trading loss of £827m, accumulated in secret by the original ‘rogue trader’, Nick Leeson, brought the world’s second oldest merchant bank to its knees in a matter of days. The demise of Barings was a catalyst for major change in the banking industry and would cement the formation of operational risk as a distinct risk category.

25 years on, a lot has changed since those greed-fuelled days of profit at any cost. Here, Nick Leeson speaks exclusively to Carrie Cook at The Risk Universe about the event that would change his life and the world of banking, forever.
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