Ryan Fayhee

Ryan Fayhee

Partner, Hughes Hubbard & Reed
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Ryan Fayhee leads the Sanctions, Export Controls & Anti-Money Laundering practice group at Hughes Hubbard and is a former senior prosecutor and national security official with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).  Ryan’s practice focuses on government and congressional investigations, crisis management, cross-border compliance, corporate governance, and white-collar criminal defense.

Ryan draws upon a multi-disciplinary skillset to assist corporations, boards of directors, audit committees, and senior executives facing high-profile reputational risks and incident response, often involving U.S. and foreign regulators and enforcement authorities, political stakeholders, and the media.  He also advises clients on strategic opportunities, governance and compliance best practices, acquisition due diligence, and national security reviews before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).

An experienced trial lawyer, Ryan has successfully tried several cases to verdict, with the unique ability to handle deeply regulatory matters and seamlessly transition to high profile enforcement actions involving the DOJ as well as regulators at the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), and the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC). 

Ryan has been named to Global Investigations Review’s elite list of the most respected sanctions lawyers in Washington, D.C. The Legal 500 has recognized Ryan for “excel[ing] at leading and conducting investigatory work as a result of the ‘wealth of experience and insights’ he gained in his former position as a DOJ national security prosecutor.”

Ryan’s clients come from varied industries, including financial services, private equity, technology, aerospace and defense, telecommunications, energy, mining, construction materials, logistics, pharmaceuticals, and consumer goods.

Ryan maintains an active pro bono practice and, in particular, has extensive experience representing current and former hostages of foreign governments and transnational criminal organizations, as well as the unlawfully detained, with a focus on advocating for victim families, securing release, and ensuring long term reintegration.  

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