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KYC Compliance Paralegal

Job ID: 5992

Updated: Sep 13, 2021

Location: Chicago, IL, United States

Category: Paralegal


About Kirkland & Ellis

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is a preeminent, full-service law firm with offices around the world and a staff as diverse as the practice areas we support. Our clients range from Fortune 100 companies to medium and small corporations, financial institutions, and private equity firms.  Known for our commitment to excellence, Kirkland strives to provide superior service to our clients as well as our fellow employees. From Information Technology to Human Resources, Paralegal Services to Business Development, Kirkland offers non-attorney professionals challenging careers in a variety of functional areas. Whether starting or growing your career, Kirkland can offer a performance-driven culture filled with bright and innovative teams of co-workers.

Essential Job Functions


Kirkland & Ellis LLP is seeking a KYC/AML Transactional Paralegal who will support multiple attorneys and the overall Corporate practice.


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS (This list is not exhaustive and may be supplemented and changed as necessary.)

  • Lead response for responding to bank and lender and other counterparty KYC requests for Firm clients
  • Request, review and respond to KYC documentation in a timely manner
  • Determine what documentary changes are necessary and communicate to deal teams
  • Prepare template KYC materials
  • Proactively ensure that any necessary documentation changes are made or submitted
  • Maintain accurate and complete files for all reviewed and submitted client documentation, including electronic filing of documents on the Firm’s document management system
  • Know how to assess risk issues detected in KYC diligence process
  • Working with other members of the team on special projects and initiatives
  • Liaise with external service providers to ensure compliance with local laws and regulations
  • Audit/reconcile records with external parties, including clients, as needed
  • Assist the KM team with other ad hoc document and administrative based tasks related to AML/KYC


OTHER FUNCTIONS (This list is not exhaustive and may be supplemented and changed as necessary.)

  • Any other functions/duties as assigned by management.

Qualifications & Requirements


Education, Work Experience, Skills

The ideal candidate will possess experience in the area of KYC Compliance.  The ideal candidate will possess 2+ years of experience.  Additional qualifications include excellent analytical, time-management and organizational abilities, strong attention to detail, solid communication skills, ability to handle documents with confidentiality and discretion, is a self-starter with a high level of motivation.  Prior experience in a bank, law firm, credit fund or hedge fund is preferred.  Experience in KYC/AML document review and strong knowledge of current KYC/AML practice is required. Flexibility for overtime is also required.



This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, and filing cabinets.  This role is required to work in-office during business hours.

How to Apply

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Equal Employment Opportunity

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