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Robert Houck

Robert Houck


Robert Houck

Robert Houck is the practice area leader for Americas Litigation & Dispute Resolution.

He represents clients in government investigations and complex commercial litigation with a specific focus on cross-border matters. He has specific expertise in complex trading and markets issues. Robert has represented corporations and individuals in connection with regulatory investigations before the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the United States Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the New York Stock Exchange, various state attorneys general and numerous non-US regulators.

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  • Representing a major financial institution in connection with numerous class actions and regulatory investigations alleging manipulation of LIBOR and other interest rate benchmarks
  • Represented a major financial institution on injunction and attachment proceedings in New York Supreme Court arising out of disputed oil rights in Nigeria and a related case in London
  • Represented a major financial institution in connection with its multi-billion dollar real estate private equity opportunity fund and its $650 million settlement with limited partners
  • Represented a major financial institution in 310 coordinated class actions challenging underwriter practices in IPOs and alleging tens of billions of dollars in damages

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Career and qualifications

  • Cornell University (AB Government, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) 1993
  • Columbia School of Law (JD, Harlan Fiske Stone scholar) 1996
  • Admitted as an Attorney-at-Law in New York 1997
  • Admitted as an Attorney-at-Law in United States District Courts for Southern and Eastern Districts of New York 1999
  • Joined Clifford Chance 1996
  • Partner since 2005

Awards and citations

  • Rob Houck is a terrific attorney, with great strategic sense and amazing analytic skills. He is particularly strong in white collar and securities. John Friel is junior partner who is a rising star.
    Legal 500, 2022 – United States: Dispute Resolution Securities litigation: defense – Tier 3
  • Robert Houck has been ranked in Chambers USA: Litigation - Securities. He is "a really brilliant guy who is very commercial, very focused on business needs and very effective at dealing with regulators," according to impressed peers. His broad litigation practice includes defending against securities class actions, as well as advising on enforcement actions and criminal investigations.
    Chambers USA 2019 - Litigation: Securities (New York)
  • Robert Houck has been ranked in Chambers USA - Litigation: Securities (New York). Robert Houck is highlighted by interviewees for his “impressive advocacy skill" and comes recommended as a “quick study on complex facts." He is well regarded for his ability to "expertly handle complex civil litigation as well as government enforcement investigations" involving the SEC and DOJ, as well as foreign regulators.
    Chambers USA 2017 - Litigation: Securities
  • Robert Houck is increasingly recognized for his extensive securities litigation and regulatory enforcement practice, drawing particular praise for his "especially strong experience in cross-border litigation." Interviewees praise his ability to "navigate clients through potentially treacherous situations." 
    Chambers USA 2016 – Litigation: Securities