Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

Rogue trader Leeson Belfast bound for Business Awards

Nick Leeson

Nick Leeson, the world famous rogue trader, is set to visit Northern Ireland in April for the 2012 Belfast Telegraph Northern Ireland Business Awards in association with BMI.

The 45-year-old, now a renowned conference and after-dinner speaker, was made famous by single-handedly bringing down Barings Investment Bank. His unchecked risk-taking led to $1.3bn of liabilities and the collapse of what was then one of the world's longest established investment institutions.

Following a high profile arrest and trial, Leeson was sentenced to prison in one of Singapore's most notorious jails. During his time there, he was diagnosed and treated for cancer and was eventually released in 1999.

Since then, Leeson has travelled the globe, speaking about his experiences, corporate responsibility, risk taking and overcoming adversity. In 2007, his second book Back from the Brink: Coping With Stress was published.

The dinner will be held on Tuesday April 24 at the Ramada Hotel, Shaw's Bridge. To book a place at the event contact 028 9076 0066 or mail@jprni.com. Tables of 10 are £900 plus Vat and individual places are £90 plus Vat.