Athena Eastwood is a partner at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP. She is widely recognized for her commodities regulatory and transactional work with respect to environmental commodities, energy, metals, agriculture and derivatives markets. She advises clients with respect to renewable procurement structures and corporate sustainability programs, including developing net carbon neutral strategies, and works extensively with green products markets, including those designed to address climate-related risks, such as carbon markets and programs for renewable fuels and renewable energy credits.
Athena serves on the CFTC’s Climate-Related Market Risk Subcommittee of the Market Risk Advisory Committee, chairs the Futures Industry Association (“FIA”) Climate Risk Working Group, and serves as FIA’s representative on the Taskforce on Scaling Voluntary Carbon Markets, launched by the Institute of International Finance (IIF). Athena also serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Virginia School of Law, where she teaches a class on commodity trading and derivatives regulation. She was recently named among The National Law Journal’s 2021 Energy & Environment Trailblazers.
Chambers USA (2022) ranks Athena among the nation's leading practitioners in the area of Capital Markets: Derivatives and recognizes her on the “Spotlight Table” for regulatory excellence in the area of Capital Markets: Derivatives. She also is recognized in Best Lawyers and Legal 500 United States for her work in the area of Derivatives and Futures Law and Derivatives and Structured Products, respectively, and was named Lawyer of the Year in Washington, DC for Derivatives and Futures by Best Lawyers 2022.