Kathleen H. Moriarty has extensive experience representing investment companies with the creation, structuring and development of new exchange-traded products (ETPs) and was actively involved in the development of SPDRs, the first US exchange-traded fund (ETF) as well as many other ETFs. Ms. Moriarty represents a wide variety of market participants in connection with ETPs as well as commodity-backed derivative securities and non-investment company exchange traded vehicles, such as the US ETFS precious metals trusts. She also advises index providers licensing their financial products to ETPs.

In addition, Ms. Moriarty represents US and foreign entities that are developing businesses involved in the virtual currency and Blockchain spaces. She also consults with virtual currency businesses, especially with regard to securities law issues. In addition, she advises funds investing in Blockchain companies and virtual currencies directly, as well as entities using the Blockchain to underpin a variety of uses, such as clearing securities, constructing identification systems for stateless children and establishing repositories for legal data.

Ms. Moriarty is regularly quoted in the media about issues relating to ETPs, financial indexes, bitcoin, Blockchain and other virtual currency related matters. She is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and webinars, and has published articles on these topics.


William F. Sharpe Indexing Lifetime Achievement Award
Awarded by The Journal of Investing (2016)
Financial Times
US Innovative Lawyer (2013)
ETF DataBase
ETF Hall of Fame Inaugural Member
Global ETP Icons of the Industry Awards (two-time recipient)


  • JD, 1980, University of Notre Dame Law School
  • BA, Smith College, 1975
  • New York
  • Director, Women in ETFs
  • Member, Investment Management Regulation Committee, New York City Bar Association
  • Member, '40 Acts Luncheon Group
  • Member, Women's Investment Management Forum
  • Member, Quality of Markets Committee, NASDAQ
  • Member, Listing and Hearing Review Council, NASDAQ OMX
  • Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Indexes

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