The role of the compliance officer – a comparison of US, UK and German law and practice.
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The thesis introduces the role of the corporate compliance officer under US, UK and German law and practice. The aim of the thesis is to analyze the compliance function within private sector companies in the three selected jurisdictions in order to establish a model of the German compliance officer. My research is intended to bridge the gap in knowledge concerning the applicable legal standards required to ensure the effectiveness of this position. There is a lack of uniformity and standardization of the corporate compliance function, since there is no uniform definition of the compliance function outside the banking sector. Understanding the legal framework pertaining to the compliance function in the organizational context could yield findings that provide some much-needed clarity in regard to the compliance officer position. There is a need for a generally applicable definition and a modern understanding of the role of the German compliance officer. The thesis encompasses seven cha...