Mr Robert Houck > Clifford Chance > New York, United States > Lawyer Profile

Clifford Chance
NEW YORK, NY 10019-6131
United States

Work Department

Regulatory Enforcement & White Collar, Litigation, Dispute Resolution & Risk Management, Banking & Finance, Antitrust, EU & Trade


Robert 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.


Columbia School of Law (JD, Harlan Fiske Stone scholar) 1996, Cornell University (AB Government, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) 1993

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense

Clifford Chance‘s global network of offices positions the New York office perfectly to handle securities litigation involving overseas banks and corporates facing complaints under US law. The practice is ‘very commercially-minded with broad experience‘ and includes seven former federal prosecutors. It has been involved in class actions and government investigations regarding LIBOR and Treasury Securities Auctions. Among recent highlights, it is handling the defense of ICBC Standard Bank in US class action litigation concerning alleged manipulation of platinum and palladium benchmarks in London. Robert Houck is the lead partner and clients note that he is ‘terrific with clients and understands that it is about their business, not his case‘. Partner Robert Rice, previously chief counsel to the chair of the SEC, is ‘a tremendous asset with years of government experience‘.