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Conference Schedule

Day 1

June 24, 2021
All times Pacific.
8:30 am
Live Stream Opens
9:00 am
Roadmap
A welcome and some “big picture” thoughts about financial fraud.
Frank Partnoy, Professor, University of California, Berkeley
9:10 am
Where are the Watchdogs?
Herb’s journey from journalism to activist short-selling – the watchdogs of the 2020s.
Herb Greenberg, Editor, Empire Financial Research
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, Founder and CEO, 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
Break
11:00 am
The Year in Shorting
A legendary investor explores a legendary year in short selling.
Jim Chanos, President and Founder, 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, Professor, 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
Break
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, Professor, University of California, Berkeley
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.
Abbye Atkinson, University of California, Berkeley
Anita Raghavan, The Billionaire’s Apprentice
Michelle Singletary, The Washington Post
3:30 pm
Break
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, Editor, Empire Financial Research
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, Co-Host, NPR’s Planet Money
Alexi Horowitz-Ghazi, NPR’s Planet Money
Adam Sterling, University of California, Berkeley
10:10 am
Interactive Session
Journalist Linette Lopez leads an interactive conversation with audience members and special guests. 
10:30 am
Break
10:45 am
The Great Debate: SPACs
A renowned short-seller takes on SPACs and the Deal Professor.
Carson Block, Founder, 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
Break
12:55 pm
Why the Innocent Plead Guilty and the Guilty Go Free
Why do so few people who commit financial fraud go to jail? What are the flaws in our approach to federal criminal law? A leading commentator on corporate fraud asks Judge Rakoff about the unsettling insights of his new book and the challenges that face judges and prosecutors today.
Bethany McLean, Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair
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, Senior Editor, ProPublica
Erika Kelton, Partner, Phillips & Cohen
Mark Matthews, Caplin & Drysdale
Toni Weirauch, BDO
1:55 pm
Kleptopia!
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, Author, A First-Class Catastrophe: The Road to Black Monday, the Worst Day in Wall Street History

Speakers

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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
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Adam Badawi

University of California, Berkeley
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Carson Block

Founder, Muddy Waters Research
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Eliot Brown

Wall Street Journal
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Tom Burgis

Financial Times
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Chris Carey

Sharesleuth
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Jim Chanos

President and Founder, Kynikos Associates
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Mary Childs

Co-Host, NPR’s Planet Money
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Steven Davidoff Solomon

University of California, Berkeley
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Todd Ehret

Thomson Reuters
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Jesse Eisinger

Senior Editor, ProPublica
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Maureen Farrell

Wall Street Journal
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Alex Gibney

The Crime of the Century
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Herb Greenberg

Editor, Empire Financial Research
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Tom Hayes

Former Trader
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Diana Henriques

Author, A First-Class Catastrophe: The Road to Black Monday, the Worst Day in Wall Street History
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Alexi Horowitz-Ghazi

NPR’s Planet Money
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Sujeet Indap

Financial Times
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Cory Johnson

Investor and Journalist
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Gina Jurva

Thomson Reuters
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Erika Kelton

Partner, Phillips & Cohen
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Linette Lopez

Business Insider
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Omeed Malik

Founder and CEO, Farvahar Partners
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Mark Matthews

Caplin & Drysdale
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Bethany McLean

Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair
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Ellen Milligan

Bloomberg
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Peter Molk

University of Florida
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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
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Jed Rakoff

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

University of Georgia School of Law
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Howard Schilit

Schilit Forensics
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Michelle Singletary

The Washington Post
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Adam Sterling

University of California, Berkeley
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Daniel Taylor

Professor, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
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Toni Weirauch

BDO
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Alexandra Wrage

TRACE International
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Daniel Yu

Gotham City Research