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ECEC 2020

Replay | The incredible story of Wirecard: Whistleblowers, dirty tricks and lessons to be learned

In his virtual session at the ECEC 2020, Dan McCrum reports on the “dirty tricks” and the many obstacles he had to overcome during his years of research into the Wirecard case – even he himself came under the scrutiny of the investigating authorities in the end. Dan McCrum will also tell us what lessons can be learned from the scandal.

Dan McCrum is an investigative reporter for the Financial Times and author of theseries of articles “The House of Wirecard”. Together with his colleagues, he tracked down one of the biggest German economic scandals and uncovered the Wirecard balance sheet fraud that finally brought the company down in the summer of 2020.

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Dan McCrum | Investigative Reporter, Financial Times
Dan McCrum | Investigative Reporter, Financial Times

Dan McCrum is part of the investigations team at the Financial Times. He is the journalist behind the story “The House of Wirecard” for which he has started his investigations in 2014. He exposed accounting problems at Wirecard which finally brought the company down in 2020.

Dan is a graduate of Durham University where he majored in Economics and Politics. After his BA in 2001 he spent four years in Citigroup’s equity research department. In 2006 he started wrting news, freatures and analysis on the technology, aerospace and industrial sectors for the Investors Chronicle.

In 2007 he has started to write for the Financial Times. First for the Lex Column, producing agenda setting commentary on the technology, media, real estate, retail and consumer industries sector – from London and later on from New York. He then became US Investment Correspondent based in New York leading coverage of reporting related to the US asset management industry. From 2011 to 2015 Dan was Financial Times Alphaville Reporter before he has become part of the investigations team at the Financial Times.

Working at the Financial Times for more than a decade, his work includes helping to expose accounting problems at the listed law firms Quindell and Slater & Gordon; the UK software provider Globo and Folli Follie, a Greek company which invented €1bn of sales.

Additionally, Wendy is a lecturer at Surrey University and Warwick Business School, is a contributing member of the UNCAC Coalition, the Corruption Research Group of the Surrey University and sits on the advisory board of the Whistleblowing Research Unit which runs the International Whistleblowing Research Network at Middlesex University in the United Kingdom.

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Speakers include representatives from leading companies and organisations such as Transparency International, FIFA, KPMG, Thales, Rhenus, Ethintegrity and compliance experts such as Prof. Christian Strenger, Klaus Moosmayer, Frank Staelens, Christian Hunt and many more.

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