Melanie Ryan represents clients in commercial litigation and disputes, corporate and regulatory investigations, and related enforcement proceedings across a range of sectors with a particular focus on banking, financial services, and energy. She handles corporate and regulatory investigations and related enforcement and litigation proceedings arising out of regulatory issues, fraud, corruption, and tax issues. She also regularly advises on UK and EU sanctions and export controls issues. Melanie has represented clients in regulatory investigations, commercial disputes, and litigation arising from some of the most high-profile issues of recent years in Europe, the United States, Africa, Southeast Asia, and South America.
In addition to her Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) work, Melanie has advised clients in investigations and proceedings involving the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), Channel Islands regulators, the Treasury Select Committee, the Financial Ombudsman Service, HM Treasury, and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). She also represents clients in proceedings involving the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
Melanie is the head of Morgan Lewis’s disputes and investigations practice in London, is a co-leader of the Morgan Lewis Ukraine Conflict Task Force, and is recognised as a top UK contentious regulatory, financial crime, and banking litigation lawyer by Chambers and The Legal 500.
Melanie is a fluent French speaker.
Recommended, Dispute Resolution: International Arbitration, The Legal 500 UK (2023)
Hall of Fame, Dispute Resolution: Banking Litigation: Investment and Retail, The Legal 500 UK (2022, 2023)
Leading Individual, Corporate and Commercial: Financial Services: Contentious, The Legal 500 UK (2021–2023)
Leading Individual, Dispute Resolution: Banking Litigation: Investment and Retail, The Legal 500 UK (2021)
Recommended, Insurance: Insurance and Reinsurance Litigation, The Legal 500 UK (2019, 2022)
Recommended, Dispute Resolution: Commercial Litigation: Premium, The Legal 500 UK (2021–2023)
Recommended, Risk Advisory: Regulatory Investigations and Corporate Crime (Advice to Corporates), The Legal 500 UK (2020–2023)
Recommended, Corporate and Commercial: Financial Services: Contentious, The Legal 500 UK (2020)
Recommended, Dispute Resolution: Banking Litigation: Investment and Retail, London, The Legal 500 UK (2019, 2020)
Recommended, Dispute Resolution: Commercial Litigation, London, The Legal 500 UK (2019)
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Insurance, Law360 (2020)
Leading Lawyer, Banking Litigation, Financial Services, Commercial Litigation, Professional Negligence, Insurance and Reinsurance Litigation and Arbitration, Chambers UK and The Legal 500 UK (2012–2017)
Ranked, Banking Litigation, London (Firms), Chambers UK (2015–2019)