Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Capital Markets: Derivatives Department

USA - Nationwide
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What the team is known for Well-regarded practice offering OTC derivatives experience spanning regulatory, enforcement and transactional matters. Possesses niche expertise in energy and physical commodities mandates and is adept at representing clients before the CFTC and NFA. Clients include lenders, swap dealers, traders and energy companies, among others.

Strengths One client says: "I am happy with the work product, the level of communication and the turnaround time."

Another client reports: "They are seen as experts in the physical commodity derivatives space and they can give us market color."

Work highlights Advised the United Nations World Food Programme and African Risk Capacity on precipitation-based derivatives.

Notable practitioners


Athena Eastwood
is highly regarded by sources, who say that she is "an excellent lawyer" who "can simplify complex regulations." Her burgeoning end-user practice includes advising clients in the energy and environment markets.


Conrad Bahlke
"is knowledgeable on regulatory issues," according to interviewees. He regularly handles transactions across a range of sectors, including in the climate and energy markets.


Neal Kumar
is "incredibly knowledgeable and responsive," says one interviewee, with another commenting that he "knows market practice." He brings regulatory experience to transactions and has an in-depth understanding of the CFTC.


Paul Pantano
has an impressive derivative and commodities practice, which sees him regularly represent clients in front of regulatory bodies. A client says: "If I give work to Paul, I know it is going to be done well," and another highlights his "abilities in CFTC compliance issues."


Rita Molesworth
is well regarded for advising on the regulatory compliance of derivative products in the commodities space. Interviewees are impressed that she has "her finger on the pulse."