Head of the firm's telecommunications group in London, Michael has over 25 years of experience in the industry. He advises international telecommunications operators, service providers, and Internet service providers on regulatory and commercial issues. He is frequently consulted by regulatory authorities and financial institutions on regulatory issues affecting the telecommunications sector. Chambers 2011 said that Michael “understands telecoms regulation in a vast amount of detail and is instant in terms of responsiveness.”
Michael’s recent publications include articles in the Computer and Telecommunications Law Review, the European Competition Law Review, Convergence (published by the Communications Committee of the International Bar Association), and the McGill Law Journal, and chapters in the Communications Law Handbook and Promoting New Telecom Infrastructures: Markets, Policies and Pricing.Michael is the editor of The EU Regulatory Framework for Electronic Communications Handbook, 2010.
Chambers UK 2013 - Recommended for Telecommunications
The Legal 500 UK 2012 - Recommended for TMT: IT and Telecoms
Chambers UK 2012 for Telecommunications: "Michael Ryan...is praised for his deep understanding of technical issues and different regulatory regimes."
The Legal 500 UK 2011: "Michael Ryan is commended for his 'huge talent and bullet-proof judgement'."
The Legal 500 UK 2011 - TMT: IT and Telecoms
Chambers UK 2011 for Telecommunications: "Sources say Michael Ryan of Arnold & Porter (UK) LLP 'understands telecoms regulation in a vast amount of detail and is instant in terms of responsiveness.'"
The Legal 500 UK 2010: "Michael Ryan heads an ‘exceptional’ team at Arnold & Porter (UK) LLP, where key clients include AT&T, Iridium and Gateway Communications.”
The International Who's Who of Regulatory Communications 2010 and 2011
PLC Which Lawyer? Yearbook 2009 and 2010: Endorsed for Telecommunications
Legal Experts 2009, 2010 and 2011: Highly recommended for IT and Telecommunications
The Legal 500 UK 2009: Recommended for IT and Telecommunications
PLC Which lawyer? 2012 - Recommended for TMT: Telecommunications
Founding member of the European Competitive Telecommunications Association (ECTA) and chaired the Association’s Regulatory Council from 1998 to 2000. He is a regular contributor at conferences on telecommunications law in the UK and abroad.