S. John Ryan is a partner in Seward & Kissel’s Employee Benefits Group. He joined the Firm in 1998.
John advises a variety of clients — publicly and closely held corporations, partnerships, governmental entities, tax-exempt foundations and sole proprietorships — concerning all aspects of employee benefits matters. These matters include representation involving the structuring, drafting, operation, amendment and termination of qualified and non-qualified pension, profit-sharing, stock bonus and employee stock ownership plans, individual retirement accounts, stock option plans and group life, disability, medical reimbursement, and other types of welfare plans.
John has particular expertise with the fiduciary aspects of ERISA. He regularly assists clients in developing investment products for the pension plan market, tailoring investment products for specific plan investors and analyzing the fiduciary duties, and prohibited transaction risks imposed by these investment structures, specific investment agreements or potential transactions on money managers.
John is a member of the American Bar Association (section on taxation) and has been recognized by Best Lawyers in the practice of Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law in the years 2006 – 2017, inclusive.