Monday, April 30, 2012
Two Perspectives On Bad Decision-Making by Regulators and Wall Street: Past and Present

Attorney Gary Aguirre
Gary Aguirre has had two law careers. In 1992, California Lawyer featured him as the pioneer of construction defect litigation in California. San Diego Lawyer Magazine described his career: His firm recovered "in excess of $200 million in 94 consecutive winning cases." In 1994, he left law for UCLA film school and then to Spain to adapt a Russian novel. He returned to law school for an LL.M. and then worked at the SEC, where he led an insider trading investigation of the nation's largest hedge fund, until fired for investigating a Wall Street CEO. Later, two Senate committees, a US District Court, and three federal agencies concluded the SEC acted unlawfully when it derailed his investigation and fired him for pushing back. Forbes told what Gary did next: "[A]fter Aguirre dredged up the smoking gun e-mails and passed them along to the Senate, the FBI and the SEC in late 2008, the SEC reopened the case in January 2009." His 2006 Senate testimony warned a lax SEC was allowing Wall Street to recreate 1929. His practice now focuses on securities cases.

Professor Frank Partnoy
Frank Partnoy is the George E. Barrett Professor of Law and Finance and the founder and co­director of the Center for Corporate and Securities Law at the University of San Diego School of Law. He worked as a derivatives structurer during the mid-1990s and wrote F.I.A.S.C.O.: Blood in the Water on Wall Street, a best-selling book about his experiences there. His last book, The Match King: Ivar Kreuger, The Financial Genius Behind a Century of Wall Street Scandals, was a finalist for the Financial Times/Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year award. A prolific writer, Professor Partnoy writes regularly for The New York Times and the Financial Times, and has appeared on numerous media programs, including 60 Minutes, The NewsHour, Fresh Air, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He has degrees in mathematics and economics from The University of Kansas, and a J.D. from Yale Law School. Professor Partnoy's new book, Wait: The Art and Science of Delay, will be published in June 2012.

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