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Further improvements to market integrity in the interest of all

23 Jun 2017

Further improvements to market integrity in the interest of all

On Thursday, 22 June 2017, James H. Freis, Jr., Chief Compliance Officer of Deutsche Börse Group, hosted approximately 25 of his counterparts at the 15th Roundtable of the Chief Compliance Officers of DAX companies. The semi-annual meeting focused on the topic of market integrity.  Within the responsibilities of the majority of Chief Compliance Officers of these leading German companies are efforts to ensure adherence with regulatory requirements and company policies as well as to mitigate the risks of financial crimes, i.e. measures against fraud, money laundering, corruption, market abuse, and the violation of financial sanctions and embargos.  In addition to exchanging views on current themes, the group intensively discussed areas of future challenges and various necessary and possible steps that would offer all interested parties a high level of transparency and compliance.

“The commitment of the DAX companies to compliance issues evidences their strong belief that ethical and sustainable conduct are an integral part of a successful business strategy. Together, our striving toward continuous improvement will serve the long-term interests of our customers, employees and shareholders, and further enhance the integrity of the financial markets,” summarized Jim Freis.

The DAX® index includes the share prices of the 30 largest and best-performing companies (known as blue chips) on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. The best-known index, it is often seen as the benchmark index for the German equity market. The index is designed in such a way that it is ideally suited as an underlying for derivatives and, at the same time, provides a representative picture of the German equity market. As a result, the index members are not chosen at random, but according to clearly defined, rule-based criteria: market capitalization and exchange turnover. The 30 stocks contained in the DAX® represent around 80 percent of the market capital that is authorized in Germany. All of the sectors of the German economy that have a pivotal influence on market activity are represented, including the automotive industry, banks, the technology sector and utilities companies. The DAX® index has been calculated since 1 July 1988.

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