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Rita M. Molesworth

Rita M. Molesworth

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

New York, NY, USA

Rita M. Molesworth is a partner at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP where she co-Chairs the Firm’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 (now part of CME Group).

Ms. Molesworth is a past Chair and currently a member of the Committee on Futures and Derivatives Regulation of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.  She is a past member of the New York City Bar’s Committees on Private Investment Funds and on Energy.  Ms. Molesworth serves as a Vice Chair of the Derivatives and Futures Law Committee of the American Bar Association and is a member of the Derivatives and Structured Products Committee of the New York State Bar Association.  Ms. Molesworth is active with Managed Funds Association’s Outside Counsel Forum, MFA’s CTA/CPO Forum and various MFA sub-committees.  Ms. Molesworth served on the Executive Committee of the Law & Compliance Division of the Futures Industry Association.  She is also a lecturer at Columbia Law School, where she teaches Derivatives Law and Regulation.

Ms. Molesworth is listed in Who’s Who Legal: The International Who's Who of Private Funds Lawyers.  She is a member of the Board of Editors of the Futures and Derivatives Law Report.  She regularly publishes articles and participates on educational panels with respect to derivatives and investment management matters.

Ms. Molesworth received a J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law and a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.


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