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Udo E. Stauss

After training as a banker and graduating from university (main subjects: law with economics [First State Law Examination; Diploma in Law (University of Tübingen); Commercial Law Specialist (University of Bayreuth)]) Udo Stauss worked for, among others, auditing and tax consultancy firms, liquidators, banks and in public administration as part of a legal traineeship (concentrating on: commercial law, commercial criminal law, conducting forensic audits, insolvency law).

After the Second State Law Examination, Udo Stauss spent more than four years at one of the largest international auditing firms where his work involved providing auditing services and conducting forensic audits and year-end audits. His tasks included developing the firm’s Internal Audit Services, carrying out and managing audit projects (including international projects) and forensic audits, conducting internal and external training as well as performing management functions.

During this time, he also obtained the following professional qualifications:

•    Certified Internal Auditor
•    Certification in Control Self-Assessment
•    Certified Fraud Examiner

In 2005, he joined The Audit Factory where he is now in charge of Forensic Services. His responsibilities also include managing audit projects and forensic audits as well as providing training for internal auditors and other target groups.

Udo Stauss wrote his first professional article in 2004, as co-author, on the subject of 'The Consultancy Role of Internal Audit'. Since then he has been active as author and editor for a number of auditing publications.

Industrial experience:

Automotive (suppliers), engines, technical components, heavy industry, chemicals, textiles, construction, retail, financial services, IT service providers, communications service providers, health industry

Process experience:
Operational audits (purchasing, sales, manufacturing, marketing, logistics, etc.), compliance audits, human resources processes, financial audits, Sarbanes Oxley (readiness projects and audit projects), audits of subsidiaries, forensic audits (in cases of suspicion, to determine and document the extent of fraud, etc.), fraud management, fraud prevention consulting

Since 2001: Licensed attorney with his own law firm

Since 03/01: Member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), Austin – Texas, USA,, and, since 03/06, member of ACFE Germany and member of the Member Committee,

Since 12/01: Licensed attorney, member of the Stuttgart Bar Association (Rechtsanwaltskammer (RAK) Stuttgart),

Since 12/03: Member of the Working Group for Certified Internal Auditors in Southwest Germany of the German Institute for Internal Auditing (Deutsche Institut für Interne Revision (IIR) e.V.), Frankfurt,

Since 02/06: Member of Transparency International Germany, Berlin,