Dennis Ryan brings with him 29 years of experience as a banking and finance lawyer with a broad range of finance expertise in investment funds, including MENA private equity funds, real estate and infrastructure funds, REITs, venture capital funds and hedge funds.

Dennis has been ranked as a Leading Practitioner in Chambers & Partners since 2010 and awarded 2014 IFLR Award for Restructuring Deal of the Year.

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Recent Experience

  • Investment fund establishment and compliance, including UAE, DIFC and ADGM domiciled funds and foreign jurisdiction (MENA Region and Cayman Islands) funds.
  • Securities law and financial services regulatory advice throughout the MENA Region.
  • Banking and financial services, compliance and regulatory advice.


  • English


1990 – Juris Doctor, University of Alberta

1987 – Master of Education, University of Ottawa

1982 – Bachelor of Education (With Distinction), University of Alberta

1976 – Bachelor of Arts, University of Alberta


2014 – Full Member STEP – Arabia (Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners)

2012 – Legal Consultant, Emirate of Dubai

2007 – Admitted to practice as an Attorney-at-Law in the Cayman Islands

1993 – Law Society of British Columbia

1991 – Law Society of Alberta

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