‘How I Caused the Credit Crunch’ by Tetsuya Ishikawa

Date: Thursday, 20th August 2009, 6.30pm
Venue: Simmons & Simmons, CityPoint, One Ropemaker Street, London EC2Y 9SS(nearest underground: Moorgate, Bank or Liverpool Street)
Fee: Free for members & members of BJLA (booking required)

Tetsuya Ishikawa was born in Japan and educated at Eton College and Oxford University where he read PPE.
Throughout a banking career that included Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and ABN AMRO, he structured, syndicated and sold credit derivatives (CDOs) and securitisation (including subprime) products to investors globally until he was made redundant by Morgan Stanley in May 2008.
He is currently developing other careers and writes regularly for The Guardian online.
His recent book ‘How I caused the Credit Crunch’ traces seven years at the forefront of the credit markets – a tale from the heart of the banking crisis whose catastrophic collapse has plunged the world into its worst economic recession since the 1930s.
It reveals how a young Oxford graduate came to control vast amounts of other people’s money, and explains how a novice to the world of hedge funds, sub-prime mortgages and CDOs was able to arrange complex deals worth billions in London, New York, Frankfurt and Tokyo, and reap the benefits in a colossal annual bonus and an international luxury lifestyle.
‘How I caused the Credit Crunch’ is both a powerful tale of lost innocence and an expose of the disturbing truth of the collective folly, frailty and greed at the heart of the global banking crisis. Tetsuya will talk for approximately 30 minutes about his experiences, followed by a question and answer session and book-signing.
The retail price in the UK for his book is currently £ 8.99, but the publishers, Icon Books, will also be attending the event and will allow a discount on the published price to BJLA and Japan Society members. To reserve your place, please email Mr Tomohiko Adachi at: tomo.adachi@simmons-simmons.com.
Alternatively you can write to Mr Tomohiko Adachi, Membership Secretary, BJLA, Simmons & Simmons, CityPoint, One Ropemaker Street, London EC2Y 9SS.

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