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Chris Blackhurst is widely acknowledged as one of the world’s foremost financial journalists and commentators, writing across a broad range of subjects.

He was appointed Editor of The Independent in July 2011 and remained Editor until July 2013. Previously, he was City Editor of the Evening Standard and Group Content Director of The Independent and Evening Standard.

He has written the main interview with a leading business or political figure for Management Today, the leading business monthly magazine, for the past 22 years, and has contributed to numerous other magazines and publications, as well as appearing regularly on TV and Radio and making public speeches.

He has received several awards from the British Press Awards and the London Press Club, as well as TSB Financial Journalist of the Year and Business Journalist of the Year.

Too Big To Jail is his first book.



HSBC is one of the biggest banks in the world with over 40 million customers. In the first decade of the 21st century those customers included El Chapo and the Sinaloa cartel, one of the most notorious criminal organistaions in the world. Too Big To Jail tells the extraordinary story of how HSBC became the Mexican drug cartel's bank of choice and how they helped turn ill-gotten money into clean dollars.

Beginning in Hong Kong and ranging across London, Washington, the Cayman Islands and Mexico, where HSBC saw the opportunity to become the largest bank in the world, and El Chapo seized the chance to fuel his murderous empire by laundering his drug proceeds through the bank. For its role in the affair HSBC recieved a record $1.9 Billion fine from authorities in the US, but crucially not a single person went to prison. Too Big To Jail brings together an extraordinary cast of politicians, bankers, drug dealers, FBI officers and whistle-blowers to tell the story, and asks the age-old question; what price does greed have?

 BIBLIOGRAPHY: Too Big To Jail (Macmillan, UK 2022)