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Clifford Chance

31 WEST 52ND STREET, NEW YORK, NY 10019-6131, USA
Tel:
Work +1 212 878 8000
Fax:
Fax +1 212 878 8375
Email:
Web:
www.cliffordchance.com

Robert Houck

Tel:
Work +12128783224
Email:
Clifford Chance LLP

Work Department

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

Position

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.

Education

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


United States: Dispute resolution

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Within: Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Clifford Chance's team (which is 'fantastic to work with') is well placed to handle cross-border matters, drawing on its strong global network. The group is led from Washington DC by David DiBari, and, together with Wendy Wysong, who splits her time between Washington DC and Hong Kong, is representing Chinese telecoms giant ZTE through the settlement of the concurrent DOJ, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) and OFAC investigations into unauthorized exports of US-origin equipment to Iran and other embargoed countries; the has significant repercussions for US-China relations. In another highlight, New York's Robert Houck advised Royal Bank of Scotland on numerous class actions and regulatory investigations by the CFTC, DOJ and UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO) into alleged manipulation of Libor and other benchmarks, and continues to assist the client with the implementation of settlement undertakings. Joshua Berman, who joined the Washington DC office from the US Department of Commerce, is representing Bruce and Nellie Ohr, as independent contractors for Fusion GPS, in congressional and senatorial investigations into President Trump's alleged collusion with the Russian government. Also in New York, Christopher Morvillo is advising Mike Lynch, founder of Autonomy, on DOJ, SEC and SFO investigations into allegations of accounting improprieties. Significant hires to the Washington DC office in 2018 included Glen Donath from Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, Robert Rice from Ropes & Gray LLP, Celeste Koeleveld from the New York State Department of Financial Services, and Daniel Silver from the Eastern District of New York.

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Securities litigation - defense

Within: Securities litigation - defense

Clifford Chance in New York has 'a strong securities litigation practice and is distinct from other New York firms in that it has a broad international platform; it is a regular player in financial institution securities litigation matters'. Practice head Robert Houck is 'a standout practitioner', according to one client, who describes him as 'thoughtful and creative in his representations, and well regarded by his peers'. The firm has 17 US litigation partners and securities litigation for global financial institutions and US companies is a substantial part of their work. Houck represented ICBC Standard Bank in a class action concerning alleged manipulation of platinum and palladium benchmarks in London. Christopher Morvillo, who handled investigations by UK and US regulators for the founder of Autonomy, is recommended, as are Jeff Butler and rising star senior associate Benjamin Berringer.

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