Fraud Fest 2021

The Fourth Annual Berkeley Forum on Financial Fraud

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The program fee is $200 per person. The proceeds will be used by the Berkeley Center for Law and Business for programs and initiatives related to the study of financial fraud.

This program has been approved for MCLE credit by the State Bar of California. Attorneys from other states will need to contact their local bar to verify their own certification requirements.

For disability accommodation requests and information, please contact us at Please attempt to make your service request with as much advance notice as possible and no later than seven days before the event.


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Day 1

June 24, 2021
All times Pacific.
8:30 am
Live Stream Opens
9:00 am
Welcome Remarks

A welcome and some “big picture” thoughts about financial fraud.

Frank Partnoy, Conference Co-Chair
9:10 am
Where are the Watchdogs?

Who is investigating, and prosecuting, financial fraud? Herb has his say.

Herb Greenberg, Conference Co-Chair
9:25 am
The Cult of We

A discussion with the authors of The Cult of We: WeWork, Adam Neumann, and the Great Startup Delusion.

Eliot Brown, Wall Street Journal
Maureen Farrell, Wall Street Journal
Omeed Malik, Farvahar Partners
10:10 am
Interactive Session

Conference Co-Chair Diana Henriques leads an interactive conversation with audience members and special guests.

10:40 am
11:00 am
The Year in Shorting

A legendary investor explores a legendary year in short selling.

Jim Chanos, Kynikos Associates
11:30 am
The Year in Shorting: Academic Perspectives

Academics explore cutting-edge research on fraud detection and short selling.

Adam Badawi, University of California, Berkeley
Peter Molk, University of Florida
Howard Schilit, Schilit Forensics
Daniel Taylor, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
12:00 pm
Interactive Session

Professor Adam Badawi leads an interactive conversation with audience members and special guests. 

12:30 pm
1:30 pm
The Crime of the Century

An Academy Award winning filmmaker and an investigative journalist explore fraud and the opioid crisis.

Alex Gibney, The Crime of the Century
Frank Partnoy, Conference Co-Chair
Patrick Radden Keefe, EMPIRE OF PAIN: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty
Race and Financial Fraud

Academics and journalists explore how issues of race impact the victims, perpetrators, and investigations of fraud. 

2:15 pm
The Billionaire’s Apprentice, Revisited
Abbye Atkinson, University of California, Berkeley
Anita Raghavan, The Billionaire’s Apprentice
3:00 pm
Interactive Session

Nationally syndicated personal finance columnist for The Washington Post Michelle Singletary leads an interactive conversation about race and financial fraud.

3:30 pm
3:45 pm
Fraudulent Fraud Fighters

What happens when claims of fraud are fraudulent? 

Andrew Clubok, Latham & Watkins
Michele Johnson, Latham & Watkins
4:15 pm
Day One Concludes

Day 2

June 25, 2021
All times Pacific.
8:30 am
Live Stream Opens
9:00 am
New Frontiers in Activism

A discussion with an originator, a rising star and a newcomer in short-activism.

Nate Anderson, Hindenburg Research
Chris Carey, Sharesleuth
Herb Greenberg, Conference Co-Chair
Linette Lopez, Business Insider
Daniel Yu, Gotham City Research
9:30 am
Digital Deceit: Cryptocurrencies

Cryptocurrency regulations are evolving at different paces throughout the world. A discussion of the current global cryptocurrency regulatory landscape and key findings from TR upcoming report. 

Todd Ehret, Thomson Reuters
Gina Jurva, Thomson Reuters
9:50 am
Digital Deceit: NFTs

Planet Money’s Mary Childs and Alexi Horowitz-Ghazi discuss the frenzy over NFTs, a new way to buy digital content on the blockchain, and how they may provide fertile new ground for fraud.

Mary Childs, NPR’s Planet Money
Alexi Horowitz-Ghazi, NPR’s Planet Money
10:10 am
Interactive Session

Journalist Linette Lopez leads an interactive conversation with audience members and special guests. 

10:30 am
10:45 am
The Great Debate: SPACs

A renowned short-seller takes on SPACs and the Deal Professor.

Carson Block, Muddy Waters Research
Steven Davidoff Solomon, University of California, Berkeley
11:15 am
Interactive Session

Professor Usha Rodrigues leads an interactive conversation with audience members and special guests. 

11:35 am
Revisiting the LIBOR Prosecutions

An interview with a former trader who was sentenced to 14 years in prison for manipulating LIBOR and the journalist that covered his release.

Tom Hayes, Former Trader
Ellen Milligan, Bloomberg
12:05 pm
12:55 pm
Regulators, Mount Up
Bethany McLean, Vanity Fair
Frank Partnoy, Conference Co-Chair
Jed Rakoff, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
1:25 pm
New Frontiers in Tax Fraud

Have we entered a golden age of tax cheating? The IRS budget and audit rates of the wealthy have collapsed. Enforcement has fallen off with few high-profile tax evasion prosecutions. This panel will discuss why this has happened, and whether the rich are evading taxes, avoiding taxes, or paying their fair share.

Jesse Eisinger, ProPublica
Erika Kelton, Phillips & Cohen
Mark Matthews, Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered
Toni Weirauch, BDO
1:55 pm

What is the state of global money laundering in 2021?

Tom Burgis, Financial Times
Alexandra Wrage, TRACE International
2:25 pm
Interactive Session

Conference Co-Chair Herb Greenberg leads an interactive conversation with audience members and special guests.

2:55 pm
The Caesars Palace Coup

A discussion with the author of The Caesars Palace Coup: How a Billionaire Brawl Over the Famous Casino Exposed the Power and Greed of Wall Street.

Kenneth Ayotte, University of California, Berkeley
Sujeet Indap, Financial Times
3:15 pm
Fraud Fest Shark Tank

Fraud Fest speakers pitch—and audience members vote on—the most interesting opportunities for fraud in 2021.

Cory Johnson, Investor and Journalist
4:00 pm
Closing Keynote: A Farewell to Bernie Madoff

Conference Co-Chair Diana Henriques reflects on the legacy of Bernie Madoff and what his death means for fraud in 2021 and beyond.

Diana Henriques, Conference Co-Chair


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Nate Anderson

Hindenburg Research
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Abbye Atkinson

University of California, Berkeley
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Kenneth Ayotte

University of California, Berkeley
Headshot for Adam Badawi

Adam Badawi

University of California, Berkeley
Headshot for Carson Block

Carson Block

Muddy Waters Research
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Eliot Brown

Wall Street Journal
Headshot for Tom Burgis

Tom Burgis

Financial Times
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Chris Carey

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Jim Chanos

Kynikos Associates
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Mary Childs

NPR’s Planet Money
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Andrew Clubok

Latham & Watkins
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Steven Davidoff Solomon

University of California, Berkeley
Headshot for Todd Ehret

Todd Ehret

Thomson Reuters
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Jesse Eisinger

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Maureen Farrell

Wall Street Journal
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Alex Gibney

The Crime of the Century
Headshot for Herb Greenberg

Herb Greenberg

Conference Co-Chair
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Tom Hayes

Former Trader
Headshot for Diana Henriques

Diana Henriques

Conference Co-Chair
Headshot for Alexi  Horowitz-Ghazi

Alexi Horowitz-Ghazi

NPR’s Planet Money
Headshot for Sujeet Indap

Sujeet Indap

Financial Times
Headshot for Cory Johnson

Cory Johnson

Investor and Journalist
Headshot for Michele Johnson

Michele Johnson

Latham & Watkins
Headshot for Gina Jurva

Gina Jurva

Thomson Reuters
Headshot for Erika Kelton

Erika Kelton

Phillips & Cohen
Headshot for Linette Lopez

Linette Lopez

Business Insider
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Omeed Malik

Farvahar Partners
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Mark Matthews

Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered
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Bethany McLean

Vanity Fair
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Ellen Milligan

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Peter Molk

University of Florida
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Frank Partnoy

Conference Co-Chair
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Patrick Radden Keefe

EMPIRE OF PAIN: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty
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Anita Raghavan

The Billionaire’s Apprentice
Headshot for Jed Rakoff

Jed Rakoff

United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
Headshot for Usha Rodrigues

Usha Rodrigues

University of Georgia School of Law
Headshot for Howard Schilit

Howard Schilit

Schilit Forensics
Headshot for Michelle Singletary

Michelle Singletary

The Washington Post
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Daniel Taylor

Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
Headshot for Toni Weirauch

Toni Weirauch

Headshot for Alexandra Wrage

Alexandra Wrage

TRACE International
Headshot for Daniel Yu

Daniel Yu

Gotham City Research