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Compliance Analyst (Any US Office)

Job ID: 6913

Updated: Nov 4, 2022

Location: Chicago, IL, United States

Category: Risk Management


About Kirkland & Ellis

At Kirkland & Ellis, we are united in our ambition and drive to move forward. We share core values that help us achieve excellence: collaboration, talent empowerment, service, inclusion, respect and gratitude. Our people are our greatest asset, and we invest in the brightest talent and encourage a diversity of perspectives and strengths to create dynamic teams that operate at the pinnacle of their field. Our talented professionals show up every day knowing they will engage in meaningful work, continuous learning and professional development.
As one of the world’s leading law firms, we serve a broad range of clients with market-leading practices in private equity, M&A and other complex corporate transactions; investment fund formation and management; restructurings; high-stakes litigation and trials; and government, regulatory and internal investigations. We handle the most complicated and sophisticated legal matters because we don’t just meet industry standards, we create them. We bring innovation and entrepreneurialism to every engagement and, as a result, have long-standing client relationships with leading global corporations and financial sponsors. With 6,500 employees (including 3,000+ lawyers) operating from 18 offices across the United States, Europe and Asia, we are one of the largest law firms in the world and a top financial performer.

Essential Job Functions

The position interacts with the entire Risk Management Department including Business Intake Conflicts, Calendar/Court Services and Information Governance personnel.  Special projects as assigned.

The ideal candidate will be able to work well under pressure and work well with the other members of the Risk Management Compliance team.  Qualified candidates will have excellent organizational and communication skills, a customer service orientation, ability to work independently, attention to detail, ability to handle multiple tasks, and proficiency with Word, Excel, and the Internet.  Must also be skilled at writing and proofreading.

Essential Functions: (This list is not exhaustive and may be supplemented and changed as necessary.)

This full-time position in the Risk Management Compliance Department is tasked with the following responsibilities to ensure Firm compliance with external entities:

  • Audit Letter response: prepare formal responses to audit inquiry letters from clients, including entering, tracking, and assigning letters; retrieving and maintaining all relevant historical information; survey and compile responses from attorneys; telephone conferences with auditors and/or clients; research using the Firm’s financial and conflict of interest databases; research using the Internet; and synthesize, distill and compile all these disparate bits of information and/or disclosures from attorneys and various other sources into a comprehensive final response. 
  • Attorney Bar Registration: process, monitor, verify and file all Attorney Registration forms for domestic offices within the Firm, including specialized registrations for tax and intellectual property attorneys.
  •  Reportable Transaction Compliance: process, monitor internal information about corporate matters so that relevant data is tracked and filed with the IRS.
  • Lobbying Compliance: file lobbying disclosure reports for the firm generally and specifically for any attorney who functions as a lobbyist.
  • FINRA Compliance: assist clients and the Firm with preparation of responses to formal requests for information from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).

Qualifications & Requirements

Education, Work Experience, Skills:

A college degree with some work experience is preferred.  Law firm experience is a plus.  Experience in the above-mentioned areas of audit letters, attorney registration, IRS compliance, lobbying compliance, and registered agent compliance is not required.  Extensive training is provided.  This position reports to the Manager, Risk Management Compliance.


  • Proficiency in Word, Excel and the Internet.

Work Environment:

  • This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, and filing cabinets.

How to Apply

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