Institute for Compliance in Financial Markets

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Institute for Compliance

Felice Batlan, Director
565 W. Adams St., Room 765
Chicago, IL 60661
P: (312) 906-5341

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Institute for Compliance


The Institute for Compliance promotes careers in financial compliance, trains and prepares students for such careers, increases knowledge of the importance of compliance, and provides various events for the Chicago-based compliance and legal community. It is the first institute of its kind located in a law school.

Spring 2016 Classes

Course information for Compliance-related classes is now available. Click here to learn more about recommended classes.

Classes Related to Compliance

Compliance in Financial Institutions
Securities Regulation
Investment Funds
Compliance in Consumer Finance
Professional Responsibility: Business Ethics
Futures and Derivatives
Banking Law


Compliance Industry Trends Panel

Join us for a panel discussion on Compliance Industry Trends and stay to network with other alumni in the compliance field and students seeking similar career paths.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 | 5-7:30 p.m.

Panelists include:

Ryan Fiedler '13, JP Morgan Chase
Lauren Friedlen '13
, Chicago Board Options Exchange
Kara Ryan '15, Avant, Inc.
Richard Shulman '10
Matthew Wheeler '08, DLA Piper
Erica Yee '12, Citi

This program is sponsored by the Institute for Compliance in Financial Markets, the Career Services Office and the Chicago-Kent Alumni Association.

For more information and to register, click here.

Compliance Chat with Michelle Comella

Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 12:00pm in Room 270

Join us for pizza and a discussion with Michelle Comella, an attorney, compliance officer and risk manager with 25 years experience working with diverse financial institutions including broker-dealers, clearing firms, investment advisers, investment banks and transfer agents.

Michelle Comella

Compliance Chat with Lilly Farahnakian

Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 12:00 pm in Room 370

Join us for pizza and a discussion with Lilly Farahnakian, Global Chief Compliance Officer for GCM Grosvenor. Ms. Farahnakian leads the firm's Compliance Team and is responsible for ensuring that the firm maintains compliance with various federal, state, and international regulations. Prior to joining GCM Grosvenor she was a Managing Director and Assistant General Counsel at JPMorgan Chase. During this time, she was also Head of Regulatory and Compliance functions for Research, Americas Investment Banking, Americas Control Room, and Disclosure of Interest.

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7th Annual Conference on Futures & Derivatives

Thursday, October 15, 2015 

It is a time of new rules and continuous, evolving, sometimes confusing change. Gain real access to leading professionals from the CFTC, CME Group, NFA, DOJ and many more in this highly interactive boutique conference setting.


·Current Regulatory Issues
·Recent Trends in Enforcement
·Hot Topics in FCM Compliance
·Hot Topics in Proprietary Trading Firms
·Anatomy of Trading Investigation (ethics)

IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law 

Registration Fees: 
BEFORE Thursday, October 08, 2015: $410.00 per person 

Regular Registration Fee: $450.00 per person 

Alumni Price: $340.00 per person 

Government Price: $340.00 per person 

CLE Credit:

5.75 hours of Illinois MCLE Credit, including 1 hour of Ethics
6.75 hours of Pennsylvania MCLE Credit, including 1 hour of Ethics

This Conference May Also Be Eligible For:
CFE Credit (Certified Fraud Examiner)
CSCP CEU Credit (Certified Securities Compliance Professional)
CCB CEU Credit (Compliance Certification Board) 

To learn more:  Futures & Derivatives Brochure
To register:

5th Annual BSA/AML Conference

Anti-Money Laundering Association

Friday, October 2, 2015
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Auditorium

The Anti-Money Laundering Association (AMLA) and the Chicago-Kent Institute for Compliance are co-presenting a full-day BSA/AML conference at Chicago-Kent.

More information to be announced.

>> Learn more about the Institute of Compliance's past events.

Elements of the Institute

Lecture Series

The Institute for Compliance holds a number of lectures and conferences related to current issues involving compliance. These events provide free CLE credit and are open to the public. 

Compliance Career Conversations

Chicago-Kent has numerous alumni who work in compliance—some in very senior positions. Using these connections, the Institute hosts a series of relatively informal discussions about careers in compliance for students and alumni.

Traders at the American Stock Exchange in New YorkClasses

The Institute for Compliance has created a curriculum for those students interested in compliance. The Institute arranges for a number of semester-long courses that are offered to IIT Chicago-Kent students. Chicago-Kent course offerings include Introduction to Compliance, Futures and Derivatives Regulation, Securities Regulation, Banking Regulation and Business Ethics.

Internships and Externship Opportunities

Internships and externships in compliance departments are crucial for training students so they acquire real-word, everyday experience regarding how compliance departments function and the types of issues those departments handle. The Institute for Compliance seeks to foster and find compliance-related internship and externship opportunities for Chicago-Kent students. 

Job Links

Drawing upon an extensive network of alumni in the compliance field, the Institute for Compliance curates a selection of job listings for graduates looking to build a career in compliance.

Board of Advisors

The Institute's Board of Advisors consists of leading practitioners in the compliance field, including general counsels at major investment banks, numerous chief compliance officers, partners at law firms, and former regulators.


Professor Felice Batlan is director of the Institute for Compliance. She can be reached at

Abby Schwartz Eisenberg is assistant director for the Institute for Compliance. She can be reached at