May 17, 2021

New York, NY (May 17, 2021) --- Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP today announced that Alexander Ryan has joined the Firm as a partner in the Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits Department. Mr. Ryan is a leading employee benefits attorney specializing in ERISA Title I matters. He is based in Willkie’s Washington, DC office. He was previously a principal at Groom Law Group.

“Alex is a skilled and talented lawyer, with significant experience advising clients on a range of complex ERISA fiduciary matters,” said Jordan Messinger, Co-Chair of Willkie’s Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits Department. “With strong demand for this work in the market, Alex’s experience and technical knowledge will bolster our benefits offering and add to the deep bench of talent here at Willkie. We are delighted to welcome him to the firm.”

Mr. Ryan advises plan sponsors and service providers, fiduciaries, investment funds, and investment fund managers on issues arising under ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code, including Department of Labor guidance and rulemaking. His work focuses on issues related to the fiduciary and prohibited transaction provisions of ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code related to the structure, design, and implementation of various investment products, including private equity, real estate, and hedge fund investments, commodity and real assets funds, and many others.

Mr. Ryan commented: “I’m excited to join Willkie, which is known for its strong corporate and asset management platforms, and help expand the firm’s ERISA offerings to clients. The firm’s strong reputation, collaborative approach to client service, and collegial culture are a natural fit for my ERISA fiduciary investment practice and I look forward to working with my colleagues across the firm to best serve our clients.”

Willkie’s Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits Department is uniquely positioned to help clients successfully navigate through the ever-changing world of executive compensation and employee benefits. Our team offers a full range of legal services to public and private entities, boards of directors, and compensation committees regarding complex executive compensation and employee benefit matters. We are among the leaders in the industry in designing and implementing cutting edge plans, programs and policies for compensating, attracting and retaining key executives, employees, partners and board members. We also provide comprehensive service to our clients in resolving complicated fiduciary and compliance issues under ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code, and play an integral role in the firm’s other practice areas.


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Alexander Ryan
Alexander P. Ryan Partner Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits