As someone who was charged for insider trading in 2009 and sentenced in 2015, I subsequently made it my life’s mission to assist compliance
Tom Hardin previously spent much of his career as a long-short equity analyst focused on 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 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 consults and speaks on insider trading, conduct risk, ethics and compliance issues from his former front line perspective to investment firms, banks, associations and universities through his company Tipper X Advisors. Tom’s perspectives have been featured in The Hedge Fund Law Report. He holds a B.S. in Economics with a Finance concentration from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.