Five years on from a now legendary short of Valeant Pharmaceuticals, a bet that brought a $90 billion company to its knees - and which has since been documented in the critically acclaimed Netflix series, Dirty Money - I’m catching up with Fahmi Quadir, the 29 year-old short-seller shaking up Wall Street. 2020 brings with it a new foe, Wirecard, a German payments company currently embroiled in a market manipulation probe, and one that’s been firmly in Quadir’s crosshairs since the start of 2018.
I ask how Fahmi identifies these high-conviction bets; how she battles discrimination in an industry marred by inequality; and which fraudulent, unethical business is next on her hit list.
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