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Tom Hardin

CEO at Tipper X Advisors, LLC


Tom Hardin is the CEO of Tipper X Advisors, LLC and previously spent much of his career as a hedge fund analyst focused on equities in the technology sector. In 2008, as part of a cooperation agreement with the Department of Justice, Tom assisted the U.S. government in understanding how insider trading occurred in the hedge fund industry. Known as “Tipper X,” Tom became one of the most prolific informants in securities fraud history, helping to build several 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, Tom consults and speaks on fraud, ethics and compliance issues from the front line perspective to investment firms, corporations and universities. As a complement to a firm’s existing legal and regulatory efforts, Tom highlights real-world emotions, temptations and rationalizations that are not often discussed, understood or addressed at the top management level. Tom holds a B.S. in Economics with a Finance concentration from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and is the subject of an upcoming CNBC documentary.

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