Laureen M Ryan is a managing director in Alvarez & Marsal’s disputes and investigations practice. She specialises in accounting/forensic investigations and compliance, and disputes with complex economic, valuation, solvency and financial issues. With over 25 years of experience, Ms Ryan has advised boards, corporations and stakeholders to help resolve high-stakes financial, regulatory and legal issues. She has also been appointed by various courts, retained by Examiners, and engaged at the request of the NYS Banking Department, US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the DOJ, to investigate, oversee, monitor and report on various banking and corporate activities, including those related to compliance, financial reporting and internal controls.
She has led complex multinational investigations, including those involving FCPA and qui tam allegations, and has presented her findings to the SEC, NYS Banking Department, Ontario Superior Court of Justice, US Bankruptcy Court, corporate boards and other venues and constituents. Further, in her fiduciary roles as responsible officer, Chapter 11 trustee and liquidating trustee of various entities in the US and abroad, she conducted investigations, prepared valuation estimates, pursued litigation and resolved complex business, accounting and financial matters. Notably, Ms Ryan recently led the financial advisory team that assisted the examiner's complex investigation in the Caesars Entertainment bankruptcy.
Ms Ryan has testified, written expert reports, and provided advice in civil and criminal matters in various venues in the US and the ICC International Court of Arbitration. The issues related to financial reporting, regulatory inquiries, financial transactions, escheatment, capital compliance, antitrust, accounting reconstruction, GAAS audits, GAAP accounting, fraud allegations, FCPA and qui tam issues, Ponzi schemes, asset diversion, accounting irregularities, over-billing and other fictitious billing and loan schemes, post-acquisition disputes, contract provisions, cost allocations, solvency and viability, preferences, damages, business valuation, bankruptcy litigation, lost profits, insurance claims, loans and securities. She has also served as a mediator for the Supreme Court of the State of NY.
Ms Ryan has worked across a broad range of industries, including financial institutions, mutual funds, private equity, hedge funds, broker/dealers, mortgage warehousing, structured finance products, derivative instruments, sub-prime and Alt-A loans, student loans, health care and medical claims, cable/telecommunications, hospitality/restaurants, casino/gaming, franchising, manufacturing, auto dealerships/auto parts manufacturing, insurance, real estate, insurance, explosives/mining, trucking, railroad, food distribution, and publishing.
Prior to joining A&M, Ms Ryan was a senior managing director at FTI Consulting providing investigation and dispute services. She was instrumental in building FTI's forensic and litigation consulting practice and held various executive leadership positions, including Northeast regional leader and global expansion leader. In addition, she worked at an affiliate in Sydney, Australia.
She began her career with Ernst & Young (EY) where she provided audit and advisory services in the New York and London offices. She was also a member of EY’s national financial services office where she monitored the audit risk profile of banks and thrifts, provided accounting, auditing and regulatory advice for the US and abroad, and worked on matters involving allegations of accounting malpractice and fraud.
Ms Ryan earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and economics from SUNY at Oswego. She is a certified public accountant (CPA), certified fraud examiner (CFE), accredited business valuer (ABV), certified distressed business valuer (CDBV) and certified insolvency and restructuring adviser (CIRA). She is also a founding member of the International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC).
WWL says: Laureen Ryan is “one of the very best” and receives particular praise for her work in accounting and forensic investigations in arbitration.
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