“Compliance is a Race Car.”

Today I finished my essay “Compliance is a Race Car.”, this with the idea to be included into my next book. It started with an idea, but developed in the process. At the end there are many fascinating relations, as both, Compliance Officer and Race Driver, operate in many cases at the limit. Another similarity is that not only the race itself is relevant, but the construction of such a car or Ethics & Compliance program.

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The Compliance Advantage in Mexico, Update

One and a half years ago I had the honor and opportunity to put together a guest blog for Richard Bistrong regarding “The Compliance Advantage in Mexico”. Even if the text was based on the local business philosophy and  not related  to actual developments, now a good time to include some minor updates, as linking the document to the actual statistics and indicators.

Kabah, Mexico

Kabah, Mexico

This changed nothing on the concept; leaving the negative aspects aside for a moment, and turn corruptions risks into compliance opportunities.




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Explaining values & ethics to children: Pepe, The Red Race Car

Value and ethics are learnt in young age by role models as family, teachers or friends. Further, a message gets easier transported via a story. This was the idea to create “Pepe, The Red Race Car”, the fastest one in the early 1950’s and on the best way to win the World Championship. But then his opponent John started to use unfair measures and the deserved title seemed to be out of reach.

As it is important not only to identify injustice, but also to stand up against it, Pepe decided not to give up and to fight for his dream & against the corruption! A fast and entertaining book for children of 6 years and older.

The story is inspired by reality and a good base to discuss values and ethics with children, at home or school.


“4 – 3 – 2 – 1 – Start!” All the cars accelerated with maximum speed into the race. Left, right, right, straight on and left again. Pepe enjoyed it! After half time, he still was on the third position, but could see François and John fighting about the lead. It was a sharp right curve as he saw John breaking late, going alongside the blue car and then boxing him out of the race. Pepe recognized the gray official standing behind the boundary. He must had seen this unfair behavior and disqualify John for that. But to Pepe’s surprise nothing happened. …

Two options are available, book or ebook.



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Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Art & History

There is one direct link between Alfa Romeo and Ferrari and its name is Enzo Anselmo Ferrari. Born on the 18th of February 1898, he joined Alfa Romeo in the early 1920s to become one of their many race drivers. In the beginning he participated in local events, but thanks to his positive results; later also competed in more prestigious races.

Nevertheless his real talent was the management. Thanks to this, he founded in ’29 the Scuderia Ferrari, which became the official Alfa Romeo racing team. Until 1932 Enzo continued as racing driver and after this he concentrated on being the team manager. In ’37 Alfa Romeo reduced his position to sports director, what means practically that his possibility to take decisions had been drastically limited. For Enzo this was not tolerable and as consequence he left the company in ’39.

Apart from this, the ways of both manufactures still crossed many times, as key employees changed from one company to the other or as both used the same coach-builders to design their fast and elegant creations. Even technology transfer happened up to today, as the new top version of the 2016 Alfa Romeo Giulia will include a Ferrari-based engine.


“Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Art & History” is not just another publication, but tells the history of these two iconic Italian car manufactures, from one of their first creations in 1911 until today. Therefor the author uses official die-cast model cars and regarding art prints. For this you will not only find texts and boxes of technical specifications, but images celebrating the unique design of the vehicles, which are a reflection of their engineers’ visions and eras.

More than ordinary automobiles, even more than sports cars; both, Alfa Romeo and Ferrari produced design objects for the global pop culture, sometimes reflecting the actual zeitgeist, other times being ahead of it and sometimes even creating the fashion. As fascinating as the cars their-selves are, the many stories are behind and around them.

As each of the more than 350 presented cars is unique, they all have their own particular story. This is not limited to Alfa Romeo and Ferrari, but also relates to others companies as Fiat, Lancia, Lamborghini, General Motors and Ford. Famous design studios are included, like Pininfarina, Zagato and Bertone.

To have a complete picture, besides presenting production cars, the book is also including the racing machines and rare show cars. Starting from the 1911 A.L.F.A. 24 Spyder including more than 100 years of extraordinary car history ending with the 2014 Ferrari FXX K and the 2015 Ferrari SF15-T.

Get it at Amazon or other book dealers!

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Ferrari F1-86 – The electronic revolution

The F1-86 was one of the technological most advanced cars of the 1986 Formula One season, including modern materials as carbon fiber and Kevlar. The car had been sharped in Ferrari’s one wind tunnel and the engine was one of the strongest in the field. Nevertheless the hoped results never came. Because of missing test kilometers before the start of the season, the engineers never achieved reliability.

Besides its technical features, the car was an electronic revolution, not on the track, but in many homes. The first time, game designers studied a Formula One car to give computer users, especially of the Commodore Amiga, the possibility to experience such a race car on their desks: “Ferrari Formula One Grand Prix Racing”. Doing so, the user had not just the possibility to sit behind the steering wheel and replace driver Stefan Johansson, but also to manage the team, find the ideal set up and chose the right tires. No need to say that beside the season’s tracks also the Ferrari own Fiorano could be used. Software studios in the 80’s still had not today’s budgets and possibilities, so Electronic Arts published the game two years after the ’86 season With this, it is exactly two years older than the first version of today’s annual PC & Playstation Formula 1 titles.


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Compliance Indicators

The  Volkov Law Webinars are an important source of information for all Compliance employees. For this, it was a pleasure and honor to participate with a guest blog and write about the different available Compliance relevant indicators.


San Francisco Skyline

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A great place to experience Alfa Romeo

Enzo Ferrari spent an important part of his business career with Alfa Romeo. For this, my book “Business Philosophy according to Enzo Ferrari” dedicated several chapters to the company; its employees and creations. When being in Milan a visit to the “Museo Storico Alfa Romeo” is a must! If you are staying in the middle of the city, it can be easily reached with the Red Line of the Metro, going all the way until the Rho-Fiera railroad station. Attention while buying the ticket: this is outside the metro-area. At the Rho Fiera-station, you can get a taxi for the last ten minutes to reach the museum.

It is build inside the old Arese production site and after a complete remodeling, it opened in 2016 again for the public. It really was worth it, as it is today more than a normal automobile museum, but can be seen as a museum of modern art, with the goal not only present the history, but let the visitor experience it. Thanks to his modern architecture and the efficient use of multimedia, including a 4D cinema, it is a wonderful visit for everybody, not only Alfisti.

Readers of my book can find here several of the described cars, like the 1932 P3, the car that Tazio Nuvolari let to the “Impossible Victory.” Or the Tipo 33 prototype race cars, a project let by Carlo Chiti, after he left the Ferrari Company.

1914: A.L.F.A. 40-60 HP Aerodinamica

1914: A.L.F.A. 40-60 HP Aerodinamica

Already the first car, which welcomes you to the collection has Ferrari roots, the 90’s March Alfa Romeo 90 CA. Its engine based on the Ferrari’s given up Indianapolis project. A special prepared ’35 Bimotore shows its two engines, one in the front, one in the back. Developed by Enzo and today recognized as the first Ferrari car. The 1914 Alfa Romeo 4-60 HP Aerodinamica is an early ancestor of today’s popular mini vans. Another of the museums highlights are the green ’68 Carabo and the ’51 159 Alfetta.

After the seeing all the cars you have the possibility to buy merchandising and books, or a real Alfa car from the show-room. After having a good in this real time tunnel, I feel proud and honored that the Alfa Museum included my book into its comprehensive archive.

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