Job Posting for Compliance and Ethics Assistant at Latham & Watkins
Latham & Watkins, a global law firm consistently ranked among the top firms in the world, is seeking a Compliance and Ethics Assistant to join our dynamic team in either Chicago, Boston, Washington, D.C., or our Global Services Office in downtown Los Angeles. Please note that this role may be eligible for a flexible working schedule that allows for a hybrid and in-office presence.
About Latham & Watkins Latham & Watkins is a global law firm consistently ranked among the top firms in the world. The success of our firm is largely determined by our commitment to hire and develop the very best and brightest, creating a team that provides our clients with the highest quality of work and service. We are driven by our core values: respect, innovation, and collaboration.
About the role As a Compliance and Ethics Assistant, you will be responsible for supporting the firm’s Anti-Money Laundering ("AML") sanctions and other compliance programs in multiple offices across the firm. Other key responsibilities include:
Conducting research on client and non-client parties in potential new matters to screen for matches against sanctions lists and lists of Politically Exposed Persons; overseeing and preparing diligence records for the escalation, review, and resolution of potentially positive findings
Conducting research on client and non-client parties in potential new matters to screen for adverse findings (including negative news) that present reputational, business and/or other risk to the Firm; overseeing and preparing diligence records for the escalation, review, and resolution of potentially adverse findings
Assisting with the Firm’s sanctions compliance program, including the screening of client, non-client party, vendor, and vendor beneficiary bank names against sanctions lists and the screening of newly-sanctioned names against names in the Firm’s conflicts and vendor databases
Assisting with the Client Due Diligence and Know Your Client (“KYC”) document collection and refresh processes, including responding to questions from lawyers and secretaries in multiple offices across the Firm regarding KYC documentation requirements and status of KYC documentation collection
Supporting project requests from the conflicts team, Ethics Committee, Client Intake Committee, the Deputy General Counsel, and others
About you We’d love to hear from you if you:
Exhibit an advanced ability to perceive and analyze problems and develop alternative strategies to solve them
Display well-developed and professional interpersonal skills, with the ability to effectively interface with lawyers, management, support staff, and outside contacts
Demonstrate strong written and verbal communication skills
A Bachelor’s degree
A minimum of two (2) years of relevant compliance experience, including research functions, or related law firm experience
Successful candidates will not only be provided with an outstanding career opportunity and welcoming environment, but will also be provided with a generous total compensation package with bonuses awarded in recognition of both individual and firm performance. Eligible employees can participate in Latham’s comprehensive benefit program which includes:
Healthcare, life and disability insurance
A generous 401k plan
At least 10 paid holidays per year, and a PTO program that accrues 23 days during the first year of employment and grows with tenure
Well-being programs (e.g. mental health services, mindfulness and resiliency, medical resources, well-being events, and more)
Professional Development programs
Additionally, we have a range of diversity programming including Global Affinity Groups. These groups provide a firmwide platform to share experiences and advice as well as an opportunity to participate in a supportive network with common interests to help make life at the firm even better.
Latham & Watkins is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our commitment to diversity, equal opportunity, pro bono work and sustainability enables Latham & Watkins to draw from a remarkable wealth of talent to create one of the world's leading law firms. Our lawyers, paralegals, and professional staff worldwide comprise a rich mixture of different races, ethnic backgrounds, religions, sexual orientations, cultures, and primary languages. Our diversity makes us who we are.
Latham & Watkins LLP is committed to protecting the health and well-being of our employees and partners, their families, and members of our community against COVID-19. Accordingly, the Firm requires all partners and employees based in the United States to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Employees must present proof of full COVID-19 vaccination at the time that a conditional offer of employment is made. This policy is mandatory except for employees with a documented legally permissible exemption for not receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
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