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Conflicts Analyst II (Any US Office)

Job ID: 6516

Updated: Apr 25, 2022

Location: Chicago, IL, United States

Category: Risk Management

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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

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is seeking a dynamic and motivated individual for the role of Analyst in Business Intake & Conflicts Department. This is an exciting opportunity to assist attorneys with their compliance duties in a fast-paced environment researching and analyzing data associated with potential new business and new employees while contributing to the success of the Firm.  The Analyst works closely with attorneys and members of the Business Intake & Conflicts Department around the globe to identify possible ethical and business-related conflicts of interest.  This position offers the opportunity to assist in processing intake forms to ensure they meet Firm policies and business requirements. The role is critical to identifying potential risk, communicating potential resolution, and securing the necessary approvals as part of the new business and new hire process. Through your involvement in researching and analyzing complex issues, this job will present you with a global perspective on important business relationships that impact the partnership on a daily basis. If you are an intellectually curious and independent individual who desires variety in your day, opportunities to perform research and data analysis, and would like to put your strong written and oral communication skills to good use, then this job is for you.  The ideal individual will have a collaborative mindset, an acute attention to detail, work well under pressure, and understand the meaning of exceptional customer service. This position will require critical thinking, strong judgment and decision-making skills to be able to identify the potential issues with bringing on new business and new employees to the Firm. Conflicts-related training will be provided.
 

Essential Functions:

  • Understand and perform the analysis and research process on all potential new business.
  • Verify that all searching is complete, consistent, and accurate and that all Firm conflicts procedures have been followed.
  • Create a well-organized written analysis for attorneys.
  • Process requests for conflicts searches, perform necessary research, and complete business intake forms.
  • Follow up on new business and conflict issues with department colleagues and attorneys, when necessary.
  • Collaborate with team members on new business, new employees and projects, with attention to deadlines and time-sensitive issues.
  • Work with specialists, coordinators, and other team members to address time sensitive issues related to routine pre-engagement, restructuring related matters.
  • Respond to department email communications with accurate information in a timely manner.
  • Serve as public face of New Business and Conflicts. 
  • Contribute to process, procedure, and technology improvements in order to reduce risk and improve efficiency.
  • Assist in the development and training of other department employees.
  • Be available for overtime during evening hours and weekends.
  • Conduct special projects as assigned.

Qualifications & Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree is required;
  • Two to three years of experience in risk, research, reference library work, conflicts searching, or related experience is preferred.
  • A desire to work in a flexible environment with an ability to adapt quickly to changing priorities is a must.
  • The ideal candidate must interact well with people at all levels with a high degree of accuracy, confidentiality, and professionalism.

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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