Master in Global Corporate Compliance (LL.M./MSL.)

Reputation is everything
NYU School of Law
Whether you’re already working in an international legal department or want to start an exciting new career path, this program offered in both part-time (11 months – March Intake) and full-time format (10 months – October Intake) will help you develop a sophisticated understanding of the international legal framework, business ethics and compliance strategies from a global perspective.

10 Months / 11 Months




Madrid -New York – Online




Full-Time / Part-Time


October / March

The Master in Global Corporate Compliance (LL.M./MSL.) prepares students to respond to the new and complex regulatory challenges in the global marketplace across different industries.

From building a new international legal strategy and implementing a new compliance culture, to fighting money laundering and cybercrime, students will undertake a unique journey with a practical case study approach, and build the essential knowledge and skills to assure the reputation and assets of top companies around the world.

The program includes an MBA Module, which provides students broad knowledge of the fundamentals of business management and strategy and allows them to earn a Certificate of Business Administration from IE Business School in addition to the LL.M./MSL. degree. The Master in Global Corporate Compliance prepares students to manage the new and complex regulatory global demands and to implement a compliance-based ethics program.


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Don’t put your education on hold

All of our programs starting in 2020 are being adapted so you can attend classes and receive the same top-quality experience, no matter where you are or what your situation is.

We provide you with the platforms and assistance you need to complete your application process entirely online and remain committed to helping you find the financial solution that best suits your profile and economic needs.

One program, two formats

This program is structured to give you the flexibility to learn in the way that best works for you. Whether you choose the part-time or the full-time format, you gain the same global content, access to world-class faculty, and will be awarded with the same Master’s degree and the same certificate and one-week academic experience in Global Corporate Compliance in NYU School of Law, regarded as one of the most prestigious and selective law schools in the world. The part-time format, intended for working professionals, combines online classes with face-to-face periods at IE’s campus in Madrid, while the Full-Time format requires 10 months of fulltime study in Madrid.

An accredited program

Our Master in Global Corporate Compliance is the only master outside of the US accredited by the Compliance Certification Board (CCB)®

Each and every day provides us with new opportunities for innovation. At IE Law School, we embrace this reality by constantly updating our programs and preparing our students for the professional world that awaits them. With a comprehensive approach to Compliance, Governance and Ethics, our Master in Global Corporate Compliance is one of many examples of our dedication to innovation. Now that it’s accredited by the Compliance Certification Board (CCB)®, we are able to offer students a truly international experience as they participate in the only Compliance-related Master to be accredited by the CCB® outside of the United States.

This accreditation will enable our students to be eligible to access the Certified Compliance & Ethics Professional – International (CCEP-I)® examination, and if they successfully pass the exam, they will be able to promote compliance and ethics through the certification of qualified compliance professionals around the world. This certification not only enhances certificate-holders’ credibility within their organizations and among their peers, but also encourages continued personal and professional growth in the practice of compliance and ethics and provides a standard of requisite knowledge required for certification.

The Compliance Certification Board (CCB)® is an independent body made up of compliance and ethics professionals who have developed criteria to determine competence in the practice of compliance and ethics across various industries and specialty areas. CCB is governed by a board of directors who are appointed by the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics and the Health Care Compliance Association’s (SCCE & HCCA) Board of Directors.

Our commitment with Compliance

“It is a great honor to be part of this exclusive task force, whose recommendations will be presented to the G20 and will, consequently, have a direct impact on the way business is done at the international level.”

María Hernández, managing Partner of the Compliance Practice area at Eversheds Sutherland Nicea, Chair of the Compliance Committee of the Latin American Alliance of Eversheds Sutherland International, and Academic Director of the Master in Global Corporate Compliance, has been selected as a member of the B20 Integrity and Compliance working group. The B20 is the official channel authorized by the G20 to engage in a dialogue with the business community and the private sector.

The main objective of B20 is to support the Group, made up of the world’s 20 leading global economies, by offering recommendations informed by a small number of carefully selected experts from every field (such as economics, law, business, and so on).

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Expand you career options globally


    As we live in an increasingly globalized, interdependent world and the demand for legal professionals who understand the workings and complexities of more than one legal system continues to grow, we need to train lawyers with a global mindset.

    At IE Law School, we are committed to fostering global legal education so that lawyers can pursue careers internationally, across different legal systems, and manage trans-border transactions and multijurisdictional issues.

    In order to bridge the gap, we have partnered with BARBRI, the number one bar examination review course in the United States, to give our LL.M. students qualified as lawyers the chance to take the California Bar Examination and The Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme (QLTS) in England and Wales.

  • California Bar Examination

    The California Bar Exam is widely considered the most difficult of all the bar associations’ exams in the United States. We are the first academic institution in Europe to offer our Master in Global Corporate Compliance (Full-Time) students, qualified as lawyers in their jurisdiction, the opportunity to take advantage of BARBRI’s expertise, technology and experience to sit the California Bar.

    Our partnership with BARBRI offers students the opportunity to study American law and acquire the necessary credentials to make global practice a reality. BARBRI Extended U.S. Bar Exam Prep. is designed with adaptability in mind; more specifically, it’s designed to help non-U.S. and qualified lawyers pass the U.S.’ most difficult bar examination.

    BARBRI, the number one bar examination review course in the US, has more lawyers pass the California Bar Examination than all other courses combined. Their US Bar exam-prep program is specifically designed for non-US educated law graduates. For those BARBRI international students who completed 80% or more of the Personal Study Plan, 76% of them passed the bar exam.

    It begins with a 90-hour overview of US law, later using Law Master Study Keys to cover the top 30 rules per legal subject. Qualified program mentors will be on hand for study skill guidance, support and advice as you need them.

  • The Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme

    The Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme (QLTS) allows international lawyers to qualify to act as a solicitor in England and Wales. Thanks to our agreement with BARBRI students from the Master In Global Corporate Compliance (Full-Time) prepare for the QLTS exam.

    No restrictions are placed on admission on the grounds of residence or nationality. Any qualified lawyer from 185 jurisdictions may apply to complete the two-stage process.

    The first stage is the Multiple Choice Test (MCT), covering subjects such as the authority, jurisdiction and processes of the various legal institutions of English, Welsh and European law. This must be passed before the second part, the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE), can be taken.

    The OSCE covers such matters as client interviewing, advocacy, oral presentation and legal research. Preparation for the QLTS comprises a six-month, flexible online course and requires around 10–15 hours of study per week.

Master in Global Corporate Compliance Part-Time Calendar

*Please bear in mind that the time zone difference of the videoconferences might slightly change during the program due to the DST (Daylight Saving Time) in Spain or in your own country.

An enriching learning experience

During the program students will gain knowledge of the key areas involved in the role of a Compliance Professional, contributing to the transition of the compliance profession to the international stage and across various industries. In addition to its modern curriculum, highlights of the program include a practical teaching methodology based on case methods, role-playing, class simulations, and debates, all of which shape students into the professionals required by today's market.

360º Overview of Corporate Compliance

The program is structured to be a perfect combination of compliance disciplines and business skills required in a corporate environment while applying the most sophisticated IT compliance solutions. Students will attend Compliance Live Seminars, a series of interactive sessions on Compliance hot topics given by the most varied and renowned professionals in the field.

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Win an internship at Eversheds Sutherland

Students will team up to solve a complex practical case that will test all the tools learnt throughout the program. One or several students from the winning team will be granted an internship to work on the compliance department of Eversheds Sutherland Madrid office.

Experience a week in NYU School of Law

The program includes a one-week Global Experience module on US Corporate Law & Governance Program at New York University School of Law campus in New York City. Upon completion, students will receive a certificate from NYU School of Law.


Profile - Mariano Ciriotti Mariano Ciriotti

Chief Global Compliance Officer at Small World Financial Services

Profile - Sally March Sally March

Drummond March Ltd, Director

Profile - Francisco Hernandez-Castillo Francisco Hernandez-Castillo

Corporate Vice-President & General Counsel Mexichem

Profile - Rodrigo Arias Rodrigo Arias

Líder de Grupo - Departamento de Integridad en FIFA

Profile - Hernan Huwyler Hernan Huwyler

Senior Manager Compliance and Risk Center of Excellence at ISS World

Profile - Moray McLaren Moray McLaren

Partner, Co-founder Lexington Consultants

Profile - Katharina Miller Katharina Miller

Founding Partner 3C Compliance S.L.

Profile - María Hernández María Hernández

Director Master Corporate Compliance and Partner/Head of Compliance, Eversheds Sutherland

Profile - Enrique Aznar Enrique Aznar

Corporate Culture, Legal & Compliance – Blockchain and Founder of AZLYC Culture Transformation - Aznar Legal & Compliance

Profile - Zachary Rothstein Zachary Rothstein

Partner at Control Risks



Why is it important to have a Master in Global Corporate Compliance


Stephen Choi´s visión on the future of Compliance


Stephen Choi´s experience with the students of the Master in Global Corporate compliance


Students must fulfill the following requirements to be able to request the issuance of the Official University Degree upon completion of the Master Program.

This Module provides understanding of the macro-juridical framework under which corporations operate, with special focus on the main legislative bodies (Anglosaxon and EU) and the most important institutions/ government bodies in each. This module will put students into perspective to start realizing the framework in which multinational corporations need to place themselves before engaging in business or while developing their operations at global level. It will be particularly useful for students without a legal background and will set the basics for all students to build up their international knowledge.

- Legal Framework: EU
- Legal Framework USA
- Compliance in Comparative Law
- International Trade Compliance

The objective of this course will be not just to supply legal tools but, above all, to help develop the necessary intuition which any actor in the field of International Trade Compliance needs to enter the game, adapt to the dynamics of the game and proficiently survive it, gaining both knowledge and, most important, the ability to learn how to learn.

In this program, students will have the opportunity to learn how companies are building cultures based on values and how this can make a difference.

- Business ethics
- Corporate Social Responsibility

The learning objectives of this module are the following:
• Understanding how companies build cultures based on values and why companies need a purpose.
• Equip students with the main tools for understanding the drivers for this greater scrutiny and expectations on corporate behavior.
• Learn how to develop a robust CSR strategy (policies, management systems, reporting schemes, social responsible investment, etc.).
• Understand how to analyze the connection with governance and integrity.

This module provides students with a framework to identify, assess, treat and report on risks and opportunities in the strategic planning of global companies. It covers accepted frameworks and techniques to manage business risks and exploit opportunities. After completing the course, students will be able to make better decisions in the increasingly uncertain business environment. Furthermore, it develops processes to create and implement Internal Control Strategic Plans and forensic investigations.

Corporate Risk Assessment

The course will focus on:

• Design a procedure to assess compliance and ethical risks by their impact, their probability and other variables.
• Measure the impact of compliance breaches including the impact on the company reputation and operations.
• Communicate the results of a compliance assessment by heat maps and other risk reports to stakeholders.
• Identify choices resulting from a risk assessment including risk transfer, mitigation and tolerance.
• Advise companies on appropriate methodologies to assess risks and measure risk indicators.

Internal Control Strategic Plan (Policies and Procedures)

Once the Risks Assessment has been conducted, the Company needs to identify the control measures required to prevent, mitigate or eradicate risks. As a starting point, the Corporation needs to design and implement its Code of Conduct/ Code of Business Ethics that will set the values and principles under which the organization will operate and that all employees and third parties need to commit to. Then the organization will deploy specific policies to address identified risk areas or matters in which the organization would like to set standards. Other control measures might be required such as specific contractual clauses o certifications on compliance related matters.

Compliance Forensic Investigations

The main objectives and topics will be:

• Implementing a whistleblowing system across jurisdictions: roadblocks and practical implementation.
• Effective Forensic team structure.
• Forensic investigations: nature, type of allegations - investigation matrix.
• Effective Forensic investigations: procedures.

Compliance Awareness

Companies need strong corporate compliance programs that promote business ethics as a response to a changing world with increasing demands about their compliance performance. Corporate Compliance Programs involve policies, procedures and principles that need to be explained to each member of the company and third parties. It is of utmost importance to train each member of the company and third parties in order to increase their awareness in all the relevant aspects related to the Corporate Compliance Programs.

In this module, students will learn:
• Understand the best practices to ensure full awareness in an effective way.
• How to develop a robust Awareness strategy (Training, communication, knowledge nudges).
• Understand e-learning, gamification, storytelling, compliance comic communication, real life scenario.

Role of Chief Compliance Officer & Top Compliance Software

Students will explore the Compliance function from different angles.

• Reflecting on the role of compliance within organizations.
• Understanding the role of compliance officers from a multidisciplinary perspective.
• Designing and developing an effective compliance program.
• Understanding the differences between a rules-based approach and a principles-based approach. How this may affect the development of the corporate compliance function.
• Understanding the interrelations between compliance, corporate governance and risk management, and why they are so important.

* Only available in full-time format.


An effective Compliance Program must be subject to on- going monitoring and periodic auditing to ensure its suitability and operational effectiveness. Students will learn about the importance of the Internal Audit as the third line of defense. We will explore the implementation of a Compliance System in an organization and how to audit projects. Special attention will be given to ensuring the corporation keeps evidence of compliance with the Compliance Program and its established control mechanisms.

Creating a Culture of Compliance

The learning objectives of this course are the following:

• Understand what Compliance Culture means.
• Learn how to develop a robust Compliance Culture strategy (i.e. published values, tone at the top, etc.).
• Understand the evidence of a compliance culture.

* Only available in full-time format.

Corporate Risk Management

The main objectives and topics included on the course are:

• Monitor and effectively control compliance risks and gaps with regulations, standards and other requirements.
• Design a systematic mechanism of monitoring, investigation and remediation of compliance risks.
• Ensure that the adequate management information systems providing top management with timely reports on compliance plans like training, effective complaint system and certifications.
• Design a procedure to test entity-level compliance controls to address key ethical risks.
• Review current controls, practices, policies and procedures to determine if they meet the objectives set by the ethics and compliance program.
• Measure the impact of action plans and remediation efforts.
• Communicate the results of action plans to stakeholders.
• Identify opportunities for improving the compliance monitoring.
• Advise companies on appropriate methodologies to test and monitor compliance risks and controls.

The module focuses on the study of compliance in the fields of corruption, money laundering, environmental compliance, international trade compliance, antitrust and completion law, and finally, the impact of Compliance in data privacy and cybercrime.


The course will focus on:

• Understand and analyze the international legal framework in the Antibribery arena and its extraterritorial outreach.
• Understand how Corporate initiatives in the fight against Bribery can act as a competitive advantage element in the global market place.
• Learn how to design and implement effective Compliance initiatives to fight Bribery in the Corporate environment.
• To be able to identify the consequences of non-compliance for companies and individuals.

Money Laundering

During the course students will:

• Understand and analyze the international legal framework in the AML arena and its extraterritorial outreach.
• Understand how Corporate initiatives in the fight against Money Laundering can act as a competitive advantage element in the global market place.
• Learn how to design and implement effective Compliance initiatives to fight Money Laundering in the Corporate environment.
• Be able to identify the consequences of non-compliance for companies and individuals.

Antitrust and Competition Law

The course will provide students an overall view of the basic rules and institutions of competition policy. It will provide a detailed understanding of the relevant features that underlie free competition, market functioning and consumer welfare.) The course will look at several legal systems as a way of grasping their commonalities and stressing how functional and economic reasons inspire the configuration and functioning of most of them. Students will become familiar with the institutions and rules of competition policy. Students are expected to learn the basic features of legal rules and institutions of competition policy and to be able to argue and discuss cases in this area of law.

Data Privacy & Cybercrime

During the course students will:

• Describe the laws and institutions regarding data protection and privacy at international, European and national levels.
• Gain a solid understanding of the key concepts, terminology and principles in the field of data protection and privacy.
• Define personal information and understand how organisations must control, process and protect the personal data of individuals.
• Be aware of the rights of individuals as well as the obligations of organisations when collecting and processing personal data.
• Learn the role and tasks of a Data Protection Officer (DPO) in an organization.
• Understand the implications and consequences of cybersecurity incidents and personal data breaches in the information and technology age.
• Gain an understanding of cybercrime and its threats, and learn how to tackle them.

This Module comprises the study of the relevance of compliance in the most diverse fields such as in the Financial, Pharmaceutical and Sports and Tax arenas.

Compliance in Financial Institutions

This course will allow students to learn about the role of compliance in financial entities and, furthermore, to deep dive into key topics of financial regulation and the practical view of Compliance connected to such regulations. Students will gain knowledge on the peculiarities of Compliance function in financial institutions, the functioning of financial markets, the key stakeholders of those markets and the regulation of key financial products.

Compliance in Pharmaceutical Industry

Pharmaceutical sector is one of the very few self-regulated industries with a specific set of compliance. Students will understand the dynamics between pharmaceutical industry players and they will identify industry specific risks regarding interactions with healthcare professionals, organizations, general public and patients.

Compliance in Sports

Students will experience, in a practical manner, how to change culture in a sport organization through the implementation of a 360º Compliance Management System (CMS), they will learn about LaLiga´s Compliance Management System entails and how it is organized. Furthermore, students will learn the role of integrity in sports, its principles, challenges/threats and the different sporting procedures to efficiently sanction misconduct and breaches of disciplinary and ethics codes in sports.

Compliance in Tax

Companies face growing challenges from tax authorities worldwide. The tax and legal framework is more and more changing and demanding. In parallel, there are many global initiatives towards greater transparency, exchange of information and documentation and greater scrutiny from the tax authorities. Tax matters are becoming also not only financial issues but also reputational ones for the companies, and need to be present in the governing bodies of the different organizations. In this context, it is important to understand the tax compliance framework that the authorities expect from a company and how to ensure that tax risks within a company are properly managed.

An exceptional compliance professional needs to understand how its clients’ business works, and the external forces that may affect it. Hence, this module focuses on enhancing student’s understanding on accounting, corporate strategy and economics. Special attention is paid to the tools necessary to create a culture of compliance within the business organization, and corporate governance.


This course will emphasize the understanding of how financial statements are created and how accounting decisions affect these statements. The course will teach the theory emphasizing the use of accounting as a tool for decision-making and problem solving through the use of analytical, creative and critical thinking. It will also familiarize students with the accounting processes with the ultimate aim of enabling you to read and understand properly an annual report.

Corporate Strategy

This course will introduce students to the central strategic challenges facing CEOs—particularly those in charge of multibusiness firms—and will equip them with an appropriate toolkit and solutions that can assist in tackling these challenges. It also aims to provide a thorough understanding of the issues underlying value generation and strategy setting in business. Students will familiarize with the main theories, models and tools within the field of strategy with a strong emphasis on their application to ambiguous real settings and to make decisions that increase a firm’s competitive advantage.

Positive Organizational Design & Change

The course seeks to provide understanding of the influence that emotions, behaviors, organizational culture and leadership have on the corporation’s internal structure and functioning. Students will learn and understand the impact of positive psychology and its potential application to human challenges in the workplace.

Corporate Governance

Students are introduced in the concept of Corporate Governance, its key features and goals, and that they become familiar with the Corporate Governance Framework in Europe. The aim of this course is that students will develop the skills required to understand why a good Corporate Governance is necessary to create a proper balance between the interest of the various stakeholders within a company and the interest of society as a whole.


The course will cover the most important economic theories and concepts that relate to the macroeconomic and microeconomic environment of businesses. At the end of the course students will comprehend these concepts and tools of economic analysis, will have a more formal vision of why and how different economic policies, such as labor, fiscal, monetary or trade policies operate and will assess the implications of different economic contexts and policies on the welfare of individuals, firms and the government.

Entrepreneurial Mindset

This course provides a forum for the in-depth examination of mindsets, methods, and managerial activities that follow the entrepreneurial process, from opportunity recognition to growing the venture. While the most visible outcome of this course is a written opportunity report, we will also examine entrepreneurship from a managerial perspective, covering a wide area of issues that emerge with starting and growing new ventures.

* Only available in full-time format.

Being an integral professional demands the acquisition of knowledge and experiences beyond the formal legal arena. As such IE offers students tools to develop the interpersonal skills necessary to succeed in interviews, together with team building opportunities, lectures on current and groundbreaking fields, and international networking experiences beyond the classroom.


A series of sessions imparted by the Careers’ Department that seek to provide basic tools on CV building and interviews’ processes to students, in order to maximize their success when attending job interviews.

* Only available in full-time format.


The LAUNCH period consists on a number of introductory classes designed to immerse students in the case methodology and to enhance their collaborative and team spirit.

* Only available in full-time format.

“Compliance Live” Seminars

A series of interactive sessions on Compliance hot topics given by the most varied and renowned professionals on the field.

* Only available in full-time format.

Interpersonal skills to succeed in Compliance

The principal learning objectives of the course are:

• Knowing the latest principles and approaches to negotiation, communication and influencing.
• Understanding and exploring your own communication style, including your personal strengths and weaknesses.
• Reading the communication style of the person you are negotiating against and seeing the world through their perspective; understanding when it is or is not in your best interests to adapt to their approach.
• Understanding how to prepare for a negotiation, for instance, calculating your best negotiating position and bottom-line, and at what stage you should walk away. In order to get the best deal, what are your tradeables, what are you willing to negotiate or not.
• Navigating the negotiation process advantageously, from agreeing how and when you are meeting, through to the best venue and environment, plus the format for each discussion.
• Improving communication skills will be the foundation throughout - questioning and listening skills, developing the empathy and trust which allows the best possible outcomes.

“Compliance on Demand” Challenge

Flipping the class to its utmost: Students will have to solve a complex practical case that will test all the tools learnt throughout the program. This project will be made in collaboration with Eversheds Nicea. At the end of the Master, each student will present their solutions to a panel of judges who will select a winner. The winner will be granted an internship to work on the compliance department of Eversheds Nicea Madrid office, subject to the internal selection process, availability and entry requirements of the receiving law firm.

NYU Certificate “US Corporate Law & Governance”

IE Law School, in collaboration with NYU, offers all students of the program a one-week trip to New York City in order to attend lectures imparted by New York University School of Law relating to:

• Introduction to the Corporate Form in the US, the Voting System, and the Power of the Board.
• Securities Regulation Overview and Public Companies and Periodic Disclosures.
• Public Offerings under US Law and Public Offering Civil Liability Provisions.
• Shelf Registration Offerings.
• Exempt Offerings.
• Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
• Securities Class Actions and Private Enforcement Issues Facing Companies.

One of the main pillars of IE’s educational model is based on innovation and investment in technological development. This module opens students to the world of technology and innovation and its role in the legal sphere.

Digital DNA: Data Insights & Visualization

Upon the completion of this course, participants should:

• Develop data-driven problem solving skills.
• Learn how to obtain data from structured data sources using basic SQL queries.
• Clean, structure and obtain insights from data using off-shelf analytics tools like Excel or Tableau.
• Develop data visualization and storytelling skills to drive change and persuasion.

* Only available in full-time format.

Digital DNA: Technology for Innovation

Upon the completion of this course, participants should:

• Become aware of a key set of new and emerging technologies and how these can be used for innovation.
• Understand the value that these technologies have for driving innovation.
• Learn how to design innovative products and services in your chosen profession using these technologies.
• Facilitate communication of these innovations through a common innovation language.

* Only available in full-time format.

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Pursue two disciplines while gaining insight from different perspectives and ways of thinking in less than two years. You’ll cover the contents of two master’s programs—and graduate with two diplomas.

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Master in Management + Master in Global Corporate Compliance (LL.M.)

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