Alumni Live! 2020 – Hedge Fund Insider Trading (Sharing by FBI Undercover “Tipper X” - Operation Perfect Hedge)

Date and Time
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
12:15pm— 2:15pm
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Club Lusitano, Central
16 Ice House St
23/F Club Library
Hong Kong
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Mary Ho

+852 66280121

We are pleased to have our fellow alumni Tom Hardin (W99) to share his unique career journey with the Wharton Club over lunch at Club Lusitano on the 15 Jan 2020 during his New Year visit to Hong Kong. 

In this Alumni Live! We will explore the underbelly of the world of finance, of insider trading, fraud and FBI undercover operation to unearth malpractices in the hedge fund industry.


Tom Hardin previously spent much of his career as a hedge fund analyst in the United States. In 2009, as part of a cooperation agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice, Tom assisted the U.S. government in understanding how insider trading occurred in the financial services industry. Known as “Tipper X,” Tom became one of the most prolific informants in securities fraud history, helping to build over 20 of the 80+ individual criminal cases in “Operation Perfect Hedge,” a Wall Street house cleaning campaign that morphed into the largest insider trading investigation of a generation. Since resolving his case in 2015, Tom was invited by the FBI's NYC office to speak to their rookie agent class in 2016 and is now an international corporate trainer and speaker on conduct risk, behavioral ethics and compliance from his former frontline perspective. In frank detail, Tom will share his story of crossing from unethical into illegal activity as a young professional and the psychological traps that can pull individuals into a spiral of rationalization as that line is crossed. He will share stories about his double life as an undercover FBI informant and provide takeaways from his experience, as well as reflections on the past three years of speaking to over 250 organizations, for key indicators that identify conduct risk in the organization. Tom graduated in 1999 from the Wharton School. 


Date: 15 January 2020

Time: 12.15pm to 2.15pm

Venue: Club Lusitano, 23/F Club Library, 16 Ice House Street, Central, Hong Kong

Lunch: 3-course lunch (vegetarian option available)

Price: $580 per person

Event capacity: 15 attendees, Wharton alumni will be given priority on first come first served basis

TO REGISTER: Please make payment to the Wharton Club of HK’s account at HSBC (502-411531-001) with receipt emailed to Mary Ho at ([email protected]) stating your dietary preference.


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Club Lusitano, Central

16 Ice House St, 23/F Club Library, Central, Hong Kong,
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