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Ian is tactically brilliant with impeccable judgment. He is completely unshakeable in a crisis. He is an extremely competent and reassuring pair of hands for those facing the most daunting white-collar criminal proceedings.

Legal 500 2020

Ian Ryan is a white-collar crime lawyer specialising in serious fraud and acting in serious and high-profile matters both domestically and internationally. Ian heads the firm's well regarded Business Crime team.

Ian has over 25 years' experience dealing with a full range of business crime and serious fraud investigations. This includes investigations by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), the Competition Markets Authority (CMA), the National Crime Agency (NCA) and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).  He advises on investigations from the early stages through to and including contested jury trials.

His primary focus is acting for clients in SFO investigations. He is representing senior individuals in SFO investigations into Euribor, Patisserie Valerie, Amec Foster Wheeler, and ENRC (Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation). Ian successfully represented Achim Kraemer, the only defendant acquitted in the first Euribor trial in June 2018. He has previously acted on the SFO investigations into Rolls Royce, GSK, Tesco, Harlequin and represented Vincent Tchenguiz on his arrest by the SFO and subsequent search of his business premises.

Ian also acts for corporates on production orders, dawn raids, confiscation proceedings, warrants and the extent of legal professional privilege. He has represented both multi-nationals and individuals in numerous internal investigations.

Ian has specialist experience in solicitors' disciplinary work and SRA investigations and is skilled at representing General Counsel caught up in SFO investigations. Ian has a niche specialism in money laundering and was previously a member of the Law Society's Money Laundering Taskforce. He is a member of the Law Society's AML directory providing advice to solicitors.

Ian continues to represent high-net-worth individuals (celebrities, politicians and sports people) in general criminal matters.

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Recent work
  • Successfully represented Achim Kraemer, a senior Deutsche Bank manager who was the only defendant acquitted in the high profile Euribor trial which concluded in June 2018. 
  • Advising a senior executive at Patisserie Valerie in relation to the ongoing SFO investigation into serious accounting irregularities. 
  • Representing a senior manager at Deutsche Bank accused of manipulating the Euribor rate and due to stand trial in June 2019.
  • Representing a number of individuals in the SFO Amec Foster Wheeler investigation into alleged bribery and corruption in the oil and gas sector (related to the Unaoil and Petrofac investigations).
  • Represented two senior executives in the SFO Tesco investigation into serious financial irregularities which resulted in a profit warning.
  • Represented Mark Hanna, the former head of security at News International, who was acquitted of perverting the course of justice in the phone hacking trial in June 2014 which involved Rebekah Brooks.
  • Represented senior individuals in the SFO investigations into GSK, Rolls Royce and ENRC. 
  • Represented Vincent Tchenguiz on his arrest by the SFO and subsequent search of his business premises under a search warrant. 
  • Represented Harlequin and its Chief Executive in the SFO investigation into an alleged large scale investor fraud in the Caribbean. 
  • Ian is ranked in Chambers High Net Worth 2020 for Financial Crime: HNWIs. He is described as "a safe pair of hands and a strategic thinker." 
  • Ian is listed by Chambers UK 2020 as a leading individual: Fraud; White-Collar Crime. Clients say, "He knows his business inside out and always provides sound, practical and well-reasoned advice."
  • Ian is recognised in Who's Who Legal 2019 as one of the world's leading practitioners in the field of Investigations and Business Crime Defence.
  • Ian is recognised in Who's Who Legal Global Investigations Review 2019 as one of the Global Elite Thought Leaders.
  • Ian is listed as outstanding in the field of criminal law in the Spears 500 2019 High Net Worth guide.
  • Ian is listed as a leading individual in Financial Crime; Professional Discipline and Crime in Chambers and Partners 2019.


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