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Case Code : FINC025 For delivery in electronic format: Rs. 300;
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Case Length : 11 Pages
Period : 1992 - 2003
Pub. Date : 2004
Teaching Note : Not Available
Organization : Barings Bank
Industry : Banking and Financial Services
Countries : UK


The case discusses how Nicholas William Leeson's (Leeson) unauthorized trading in derivatives led to the fall of Barings Bank, the oldest and one of the most reputed banks in the UK.

It describes the complete sequence of events leading to the fall of the bank.

The case also highlights the reasons for the fall, including the lack of proper managerial supervision and operational control systems, and the mismanagement of the bank's derivatives operations.

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The reasons that led to the fall of Barings Bank

Importance of proper supervision and control systems in a bank to mitigate risks


  Page No.
Introduction 1
Background Note 2
Events Leading to the Fall 2
Why Did it Happen? 5
The End Result 7
Exhibits 9


Nicholas William Leeson's, unauthorized trading, derivatives, Barings Bank, UK, managerial supervision, operational control systems, mismanagement, derivatives operations

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