Rita M. Molesworth is a partner in the Asset Management and Corporate practices of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in New York. She co-Chairs Willkie's Financial Institutions and Regulatory Practice Group. Ms. Molesworth regularly advises hedge fund managers, commodity pool operators, commodity trading advisors, investment advisers and others on futures and securities law matters. Ms. Molesworth is active in assisting clients in U.S. and non-U.S. offerings of public and private commodity pools and hedge funds employing stand-alone and master-feeder structures. She also advises clients with respect to futures and securities regulatory compliance. Ms. Molesworth began her career in the financial services industry as an auditor with the National Futures Association. She also worked with energy trading companies on the floor of the New York Mercantile Exchange.
Ms. Molesworth is a past Chair and currently an adjunct member of the Committee on Futures and Derivatives Regulation of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. She is a member of the New York City Bar's Committee on Private Investment Funds. Ms. Molesworth's other professional activities include the Managed Funds Association's CTA/CPO Forum and Outside Counsel Forum. Ms. Molesworth also serves on the Executive Committee of the Law & Compliance Division of the Futures Industry Association. She is listed in Who's Who Legal: The International Who's Who of Private Funds Lawyers 2012. Ms. Molesworth publishes articles and participates on educational panels with respect to derivatives and investment management.
Ms. Molesworth received a J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law and a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.