Derek Six

Member of CEJ Advisory Board, Compliance Elliance Journal

Compliance Manager at DAW Group, Germany

Derek Six, born and raised in northern Germany, attended high-school in Germany and California, US. Working as a paramedic during his “Zivildienst” and following university studies he learned that most of the time the worst decision is to take no decision at all.

Derek studied law at Christian-Albrecht-University in Kiel, Germany, passing first law examination in 1996 followed by his referendar time in Duisburg, Düsseldorf and San Francisco, California. He passed second law examination in 1999.

After a short stop in a law firm specialized on trademark und commercial law in Düsseldorf he started out in the department Legal and Business Development of Deutsche Amphibolin-Werke von Robert Murjahn GmbH & Co KG, now DAW SE, in year 2000.

DAW SE is a family owned, private enterprise with appr. 5.600 employees and a turnover of more than 1,2 billion Euro developing, producing and distributing paints, lacquers, mortars and a wide range of coating systems as well as thermal insulation systems. DAW SE has affiliated companies in most EU and many oth-er countries.

Over the last 16 years Derek was and still is responsible for various legal issues, e.g. IT contracts, national and international commercial contracts, trademark and IP law and administration, corporate law, M&A and many others.

In 2003/2004 Derek successfully participated in a LL.M. oec program at University of Cologne, Germany, focusing on corporate, labour, patent, trademark, insolvency law as well as economic studies.

Since 2011 he is responsible for the implementation and development of the Compliance Management Program of DAW Group, focused on corruption prevention and anti-trust law. Derek is member of BCM, Germany, a union of In-house Compliance Managers.

You can read Derek Six’ Big Five Ideas on Compliance here.