The company began in offices off Cheapside in London, and within a few years moved to larger quarters in Mincing Lane. Inthe increased business necessitated a move to larger quarters in Devonshire Square. Francis and his family lived upstairs, above the offices. In other words, American slavery would ensure Baring's profits in Britain.
Founded inBarings was the oldest merchant bank in Britain before its collapse in Leeson joined the settlements department of Baring Securities Londonan investment arm of Baring Group, as a clerk in July He was transferred to Singapore three years later.
The account was originally opened to report error trades made by inexperienced staff of BFS. He took charge of not only the front office, which conducted the trading, but also the back office, which processed the paperwork.
This enabled him to hide his losses and unauthorised trading using the account. InLeeson started dealing in Japanese government bonds, and also dabbled in Nikkei futures and options.
However, the bank chose to retain Leeson's position because of his experience and the profits he generated.
They did not know at the time that Leeson had already incurred big losses, which were hidden in the account. He even showed them a doctored payment statement to support his explanation. Leeson started feeling the heat when the Nikkei dropped to 17, points on 23 January.
He tried to get an explanation from Leeson but to no avail. Soon, he was on the run to Malaysia with his wife. Their initial fear was that Leeson may have embezzled money and disappeared.
On 24 February, BFS officials found out about the account and linked the discrepancy to that account. The Bank of England attempted to rescue the bank, but failed and BFS was placed under interim judicial management the next day.
The couple then left Sabah for Brunei to take a flight to Frankfurt on 1 March. Leeson was released early on 3 July for good behaviour, after having served only three-and-a-half years of his sentence. Baring Futures Singapore is incorporated.
Nick Leeson joins Baring Securities London. Leeson joins Baring Securities Singapore. Leeson opens account Leeson bets heavily on Nikkei index.
Nikkei plunges due to the Kobe earthquake. Leeson flees to Malaysia with his wife. Discovery of account.
Barings London is forced into administration.How Nick Leeson Became Barings Bank’s Superstar Nick Leeson grew up in London’s Watford suburb and worked for Morgan Stanley after graduating from university.
Shortly after, Leeson joined Barings and was transferred to Jakarta, Indonesia to sort through a back-office mess involving £ million of share certificates. Feb 23, · The story of Barings, which was Britain’s oldest merchant bank, is a classic example of how hubris, weak oversight, and a lack of internal checks and balances can bring a company down.
As for Barings, it become part of ING, the Dutch bank paying £ for it in Many of Leeson’s former colleagues lost their jobs. Barings’s investors also lost out. Twenty years ago, Nick Leeson caused the collapse of Barings, the City’s oldest merchant bank and banker to the Queen.
The Collapse of Barings Bank Founded in , Barings Bank was a United Kingdom institution with worldwide reach. Even the Queen of England had an account there. Barings Banks was a British merchant bank that collapsed in after one of its traders, yeaer-old Nick Leeson operating in its Singapore office, lost $ billion in unauthorized trades.