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Melanie Ryan, a partner in the litigation practice at Morgan Lewis, represents clients in commercial litigation and disputes, corporate and regulatory investigations, and related enforcement proceedings. She advises clients across a range of areas with a particular focus on the banking, financial services, and energy sectors. Melanie is head of the firm’s disputes practice group in London. For more information, view Melanie’s bio at


Melanie has represented clients in 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.


English; Dutch; French; German


Macquarie University, Australia, 1996, BA, (Hons); Macquarie University, Australia, 1996, LLB, (Hons)

Lawyer Rankings

London > Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious

(Leading individuals)

Melanie RyanMorgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

At Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP, the team is particularly proficient in multi-jurisdictional matters, particularly those intersecting the UK and US. Core expertise encompasses FSMA matters, customer redress exercises, FCA investigations, remediation programmes, insider dealing, corruption and alleged mis-selling. Melanie Ryan is well-versed before both the FCA and SEC; she serves as practice co-head alongside Chris Warren-Smith whose workload also includes retail share trading, investment management, mortgage, overdraft charge and bancassurance affairs.

London > Risk advisory > Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates)

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP offers strong expertise in criminal and regulatory investigations into financial crime, handling allegations of market abuse and insider trading, corruption, and tax issues in proceedings brought by UK, US, and other international regulators and enforcement agencies. Clients include a number of international financial institutions, alongside high-profile corporates and charities. As well as enjoying productive relationships with its US and global offices in cross-border mandates, the firm also works closely with its London-based employment, corporate governance, and commercial litigation teams, allowing it to act in a broad range of complex cases, including contentious proceedings as well as internal investigations into culture and broad regulatory compliance. The team is co-led by Melanie Ryan , who heads up the firm’s financial crime disputes and investigations team, offering experience of the Financial Services & Markets Act, and has represented clients before the SFO, FCA, and US DOJ, among others. Co-head Chris Warren-Smith is deputy chair of the firm’s global investigations practice, and handles the full range of regulatory proceedings, including pre and post-investigation advice on compliance and strategy, alongside representing clients through accompanying litigation and enforcement actions.

London > Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail

(Hall of Fame)

Melanie Ryan Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP has broad expertise in banking litigation, where it is instructed by banks, investors and investment managers on cross-border mandates. Melanie Ryan  draws on her experience handling both litigation and regulatory proceedings and has a particular focus on representing claimants and defendants in enforcement proceedings. Chris Warren-Smith stands out for his work in securities litigation, while Peter Sharp is highly active representing aviation leasing companies.

London > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: premium

Major banks and financial institutions across the globe form the core of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP‘s client roster; the group is highly proficient in leveraging its litigation and investigations expertise, and its multi-jurisdictional presence, on behalf of such players. Melanie Ryan leads the team, supported by ‘very high calibre‘ practitioners such as ‘veteran litigatorPeter Sharp and the ‘hugely capableDavid Waldron.

London > Dispute resolution > International arbitration

Extremely experienced across the range of international commercial arbitration‘, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP‘s London practice routinely handles major disputes in the Americas, Asia, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the CIS region. International commercial, oil, gas, and energy arbitration specialist David Waldron, ‘has clients’ complete confidence‘; and Peter Sharp‘s arbitration experience includes several LCIA and ICC arbitrations. Providing additional partner-level support are Chris Warren-Smith and Melanie Ryan, while partner Paul Mesquitta acts in arbitrations across various sectors.