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Robert Houck

Partner

Clifford Chance, New York
Practice area Regulatory enforcement & white collar, Litigation & dispute resolution, Banking & finance, Antitrust competition, EU & trade
Sector Banks, Real estate, Funds & investment management
Tel +12128783224

Robert Houck

Partner

Robert G. Houck 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.

Robert has extensive experience representing companies, underwriters, corporate officers, and outside directors in class actions brought under the Commodity Exchange Act, the US and state antitrust laws, the Securities Act of 1933, the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the Investment Company Act of 1940.

Relevant experience

  • 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.

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

  • Robert Houck has been ranked as Band 4 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

 

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