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Join us on Tuesday 14 June at 6.45pm BST on Zoom for a conversation between Dan McCrum and Elisabeth Stheeman about the Wirecard scandal.

During what has been described as “the financial investigation of the decade”, reporter Dan McCrum uncovered one of the biggest economic scandals in Europe. Wirecard began as a financial services start-up and soon overtook industry giants such as Deutsche Bank on the stock market. After years of McCrum’s relentless pursuit, the tech firm declared bankruptcy in 2020.

Dan McCrum and Elisabeth Stheeman will take us into the world of Wirecard’s multi-billion-dollar fraud, with stranger-than-fiction stories of short sellers, whistle-blowers, hackers, spies – as well as directors, auditors, courts and regulators.

Dan McCrum is a member of the Investigations team at the Financial Times, where he has worked for 15 years writing about business and finance. His reporting on Wirecard has been recognised with more than a dozen prizes, including journalist of the year at the 2020 British Press awards. His first book, about the company’s unbelievable rise and crashing fall, has been published as House of Wirecard in German and will be released as Money Men in English on 16 June.

Elisabeth Stheeman is an external member of the Bank of England’s Financial Policy Committee (FPC) and an external member of the Bank of England’s Financial Market Infrastructure (FMI) Board.

She has been a member of the Supervisory Board of Aareal Bank AG, the deputy chair of the Risk Committee and a member of the Technology and Innovation Committee since 2015. She has been a non-executive director of Edinburgh Investment Trust (EIT) plc, a FTSE 250 listed investment trust, since 2019.

She has been an external member of the Audit and Risk Committee of AIIB (Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank) since April 2021 and a member of alstria AG’s Supervisory Board since May 2021.

Previously, Elisabeth was a Senior Advisor to the Bank of England’s Prudential Regulation Authority (2015-18). In this role she focused on governance across the UK’s financial services sector.

There will be an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the conversation.