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Wirecard: A Hot Startup, A Billion Dollar Fraud | (With Dan McCrum from Financial Times) | Fintech

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What went wrong with Wirecard? The #payment processing giant was Germany’s #tech darling during the period where #Europe was desperate for a tech champion. Dan McCrum, however, thought the company’s #profits were too good to be true, and through countless documents given by whistleblowers had exposed the company for forging backdated #contracts and faking sales #transactions.

Bringing the biggest #Fintech company of #Germany down however was not easy. Dan’s reputation was smeared by the media, finance #watchdogs, and the #regulators of attempting market price #manipulation, revealing how willing the financial elites are to ignore corruption by their ‘ally’. In this episode, you will hear how Dan’s #persistence and #journalism #integrity helped him win a 6-year long battle against Wirecard, and the twists and turns that occurred in the financial investigation of the decade . The extraordinary story will unveil:

🔹Stimulus behind the investigation

🔹Escalation of the case and the ‘German gangsters’

🔹How did Wirecard bypass the financial regulators

🔹Are there more ‘Wirecards’ lingering?

You can watch the sessions below on Youtube, or listen it on Apple and Spotify Podcasts.

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Ronit Ghose

Ronit Ghose is the lead author of Citi’s GPS Bank of the Future and FinTech report series – the first edition has had more than 250,000 downloads making it the most read report ever published by Citi, and one of the most read FinTech reports ever published. Since joining Citi in 1997, Ronit has covered banks in the Americas, Asia and EMEA. He is the Global Head of Future of Finance in Citi Research. He is also an Advisory Board Member at the Centre for Finance, Technology, and Entrepreneurship. Ronit previously worked at the British Bankers’ Association and as a research assistant in Parliament. He has an undergraduate degree from the University of Oxford, a postgraduate diploma from the University of London and is a CFA charter holder.

Gaurav Dhar

Gaurav Dhar is the CEO of the Payments Solution Provider Marshal in Dubai. Gaurav has been working at Marshal for over 19 years now He strives to continually be on the frontier of building FinTech ecosystems and solutions. His personal time is spent on working with and investing directly in innovators, with a view to the future of Fintech both locally and globally via his cache of relationships which include VCs, incubators, accelerators, and start-ups and Angel Syndicates. In his position as a board member of the MENA FinTech Association and several advisory positions to international family offices, start-ups, and funds, he looks to grow the relationships within the FinTech and start-up ecosystem to contribute towards the education of budding disruptors and eventually the growth of economies and the job market where possible in the MEA Region and abroad.

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