NICK Leeson was in Australia less than four months ago. The infamous ”rogue trader” of the 1990s was the drawcard speaker at the annual Fix Conference 2012, where the topic of the moment was high-frequency trading.
He was invited to talk about the importance of regulation and corporate governance to a room full of merchant bankers, high-frequency traders, and smooth-talking PR firms.
Leeson began by saying that he could understand why he wouldn’t be on the list of speakers who they would expect to talk about those sorts of subjects.
The conference, at Sydney’s Westin Hotel, had more than 1000 attendees. Like most trade shows, technology companies used the opportunity to promote the latest in cutting-edge trading.