Elizabeth Ryan is a partner in the Public Policy International Practice where she represents clients confronting complex regulatory and policy issues around the globe. Elizabeth advises multinational corporations and governmental entities on a range of regulatory and policy matters, including trade policies and economic sanctions, international treaty negotiations, international development and foreign investment matters.

    In a climate of heightened enforcement of US laws abroad, Elizabeth counsels clients with global operations on the constantly changing cross-border regulatory environment to meet evolving expectations of government regulators. Her experience spans all corners of the globe and she has advised clients in proceedings initiated by US executive agencies, the US Congress, the United Nations, the International Labour Organization and the European Commission.

    A former advisor in the US Congress, Elizabeth leverages her political acumen and strong grasp of the legislative and regulatory processes to help clients interpret and navigate legal and policy issues in Washington DC, Brussels and other international jurisdictions. Following her international law training at Oxford University, Elizabeth also advises on best practices for global corporate responsibility and human rights programs.

    Repeatedly recognized for her work, the National Law Journal profiled Elizabeth as one of Washington DC’s top Rising Stars for 2015, and Legal BisNow named her to a list of the region’s top 40 Lawyers Under 40. Internationally, the United Nations selected Elizabeth as a 2012 international fellow for the Middle East/North Africa region.

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    • Counsel to the Qatar Katrina Fund, a $100 million gift to Hurricane Katrina victims from the People of Qatar in partnership with US universities, hospitals and nongovernmental organizations.
    • Advised a major foreign financial institution on development of compliance programs for US economic sanctions laws and regulations.
    • Advised leading foreign financial institutions in the Middle East on compliance and implementation of U.S regulatory frameworks, including the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA).
    • Counseled a foreign company on US national security review of foreign investments, including Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) review.
    • On behalf of a major government contractor, successfully overturned a federal agency decision to cut $2 billion in federal funding from an international aerospace project.
    • Established corporate human rights policies and compliance programs for a multinational corporation to align with international standards including the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
    • Provided strategic guidance to an African government with respect to the International Monetary Fund and pursuit of US foreign investment.
    • Advised a prominent international educational enterprise on negotiations in an international joint venture.

    Education

    • George Mason University School of Law, J.D.
    • University of Virginia, B.A.
    • The University of Oxford/GW, United Kingdom, International Human Rights Programme, 2014

    Admissions

    • District of Columbia, 2006
    • Maryland, 2005
    • Washington DC Rising Stars, The National Law Journal, 2015
    • Washington DC 40 Under 40, Legal BisNow, 2015
    • United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Fellow, 2012

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    • Washington DC Rising Stars, The National Law Journal, 2015
    • Washington DC 40 Under 40, Legal BisNow, 2015
    • United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Fellow, 2012

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