Alan Ryan has become London-based co-head of the infrastructure and transport sector group at international law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Freshfields). A partner with the firm since 2001, he will retain his role as a Brussels-based antitrust, competition and trade partner.
Ryan, who will take up the post on 1 May, succeeds London-based finance partner Nick Bliss in the role for a fixed four-year term. An expert in competition law, he has co-led Freshfields’ sub-group focusing on the aviation industry.
Among his roster of deals, Ryan advised the Irish government in relation to Irish airline Ryanair’s bid for Aer Lingus; worked on the merger of US airlines Continental and United; and advised the Ferrovial-led consortium in its bid for UK airport operator BAA.
“As the world economy looks to infrastructure and transport as one of the key avenues for growth we expect activity in this sector to continue rising,” said Ryan in a statement issued by Freshfields.
In January this year, Freshfields launched a new global financial investors group offering a “fully integrated offering” for private equity funds, infrastructure funds, sovereign wealth funds and other alternative capital providers, headed by David Higgins and Ludwig Leyendecker and staffed with 100 partners around the world.
At the time, the firm explained that the sub-groups, such as private equity and infrastructure, would remain in place and would advise the global group on best practice.