Berkeley Fraud Fest Speakers: Chanos, Anderson, Block And More

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Berkeley Fraud Fest Speakers: Chanos, Anderson, Block And More
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Berkeley Law‘s fourth annual Fraud Fest 2021 will take place virtually on June 24th-25th, for an intimate discussion on the critical issues, technologies, and policies driving financial fraud around the world. Valuewalk will be covering this awesome event so make sure to check back for our full coverage.

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Fraud Fest 2021 - Day 1

June 24, 2021

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  • 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 - Break
  • 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 - 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, 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 - Break
  • 3:45 pm - Fraudulent Fraud Fighters
    • What happens when claims of fraud are fraudulent? 
    • Andrew Clubok, Latham & Watkins
    • Michele Johnson, Latham & Watkins

Day 2

June 25, 2021.

  • 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
  • 9:30 am - Digital Deceit: Cryptocurrencies
    • Todd Ehret, Thomson Reuters
    • Gina Jurva, Thomson Reuters
  • 9:50 am - Digital Deceit: NFTs
    • 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 - Break
  • 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 - Break
  • 12:55 pm - Regulators, Mount Up
    • 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 - 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, Conference Co-Chair

Fraud Fest 2021 - Speakers

  • Nate Anderson - Hindenburg Research
  • Abbye Atkinson - University of California, Berkeley
  • Kenneth Ayotte - University of California, Berkeley
  • Adam Badawi - University of California, Berkeley
  • Carson Block - Muddy Waters Research
  • Eliot Brown - Wall Street Journal
  • Tom Burgis - Financial Times
  • Chris Carey - Sharesleuth
  • Jim Chanos - Kynikos Associates
  • Mary Childs - NPR’s Planet Money
  • Andrew Clubok - Latham & Watkins
  • Steven Davidoff Solomon - University of California, Berkeley
  • Todd Ehret - Thomson Reuters
  • Jesse Eisinger - ProPublica
  • Maureen Farrell - Wall Street Journal
  • Alex Gibney - The Crime of the Century
  • Herb Greenberg - Conference Co-Chair
  • Tom Hayes - Former Trader
  • Diana Henriques - Conference Co-Chair
  • Alexi Horowitz-Ghazi - NPR’s Planet Money
  • Sujeet Indap - Financial Times
  • Cory Johnson - Investor and Journalist
  • Michele Johnson - Latham & Watkins
  • Gina Jurva - Thomson Reuters
  • Erika Kelton - Phillips & Cohen
  • Linette Lopez - Business Insider
  • Omeed Malik - Farvahar Partners
  • Mark Matthews - Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered
  • Bethany McLean - Vanity Fair
  • Ellen Milligan - Bloomberg
  • Peter Molk - University of Florida
  • Frank Partnoy - Conference Co-Chair
  • Patrick Radden Keefe - EMPIRE OF PAIN: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty
  • Anita Raghavan - The Billionaire’s Apprentice
  • Jed Rakoff - United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • Usha Rodrigues - University of Georgia School of Law
  • Howard Schilit - Schilit Forensics
  • Michelle Singletary - The Washington Post
  • Daniel Taylor - Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
  • Toni Weirauch - BDO
  • Alexandra Wrage - TRACE International

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