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  • The Pyramid of Lies

  • Lex Greensill and the Billion-Dollar Scandal
  • By: Duncan Mavin
  • Narrated by: Duncan Mavin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (40 ratings)

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Summary

An epic true story of ambition, greed and hubris that nearly brought down the British government.

In March 2021, an obscure financial technology company called Greensill Capital collapsed, going into administration. As it unravelled, a multibillion-dollar scandal emerged that would shake the very foundations of the British political system, drawing in swiss bankers, global CEOs, and world leaders, including former British Prime Minister, David Cameron. At the centre was an Australian financier named Lex Greensill.

Pyramid of Lies charts the meteoric rise and spectacular downfall of Greensill and his company. He had a simple idea—democratising supply chain finance—and disrupted a trillion dollar industry in the process. But a staid business model concealed dubious practices as Greensill made increasingly risky loans to fraudulent companies using other people’s money.

Financial journalist Duncan Mavin, who has reported on the scandal for over three years, tells the incredible story of how a former sugar-cane farmer would go on to put tens of thousands of jobs at risk and gain unfettered access to the inner workings of the British government. With a globe-circling narrative full of scandal and intrigue, Pyramid of Lies reveals how the grubby world of shadow banking really operates.

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©2022 Duncan Mavin (P)2022 Macmillan Publishers International Limited

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Incisive and compelling

A great piece of investigative financial journalism. Reads like a thriller. Should be on the reading lists of all MBAs.

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Brilliant from beginning to end

Wow! Brilliantly researched, well written and engagingly narrated by Duncan Mavin. It is one of those rare pieces of work that are both entertaining for anyone interested and instructive for those working in risk management.