Imagine dropping off your laundry at the dry cleaner and receiving a tap on the shoulder by an FBI agent that changes your life forever… It happened to Thomas Hardin, aka “Tipper X,” a successful former Wall Street analyst. After being charged with two felony counts of securities fraud, he collaborated for nearly 7 years as an FBI informant in “Operation Perfect Hedge,” the largest insider trading investigation of the past 25 years, leading to over 80 guilty pleas or convictions.
Tom Hardin previously spent much of his career as a hedge fund equity analyst focused on the technology sector. In 2008, 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 investment management 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 FBI-NYC to speak to their rookie agent class in 2016 and now speaks on compliance, ethics and conduct risk issues from his former frontline perspective. He holds a B.S. in Economics with a Finance concentration from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Come join us and learn more about Thomas Hardin’s intriguing story, the temptations and pressures faced by hedge fund analysts, and insider trading investigations more generally.