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600 Travis
Suite 4200
Houston, TX 77002
P: +1.713.220.3817
F: +1.713.220.4285

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Richard D. Deutsch


Houston Office
600 Travis
Suite 4200
Houston, TX 77002
P: +1.713.220.3817
F: +1.713.220.4285

Rich is a litigation partner who focuses his practice on both white collar defense and international arbitration. For his white collar defense practice, Rich advises companies on matters related to anti-corruption, specifically issues implicating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and other related anti-corruption laws worldwide. He has advised companies in all aspects of large-scale corporate investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission, including two full-scale FCPA investigations in China and Nigeria. He has also advised clients with business operations in Argentina, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Iraq, Mexico and Libya. He regularly instructs companies on structuring robust compliance programs for their present and future international entities and dealings, as well as providing due diligence on potential joint ventures and related partnerships for international investments. Rich has authored articles on trends in FCPA prosecutions and is often invited to speak on the topic. His most recent noteworthy anti-corruption experience includes:

For his international arbitration practice, Rich has represented clients in disputes under various institution rules, including the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID & Additional Facility), Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), the Cairo Regional International Arbitration Centre, and ad-hoc arbitrations under the UNCITRAL Rules, and matters pursuant to free trade agreements and national arbitration legislation, including Australia and Nigeria. Rich is a Fellow at the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and has been appointed as an arbitrator in international disputes. He also structures and negotiates international dispute resolution clauses and arbitration agreements, advises on choice of law and choice of forum questions, and drafts and negotiates waivers of sovereign immunity and other matters critical to ensuring the enforceability of contractual rights in international transactions.

Rich is an adjunct professor at the University of Texas School of Law where he teaches “International Commercial Arbitration” and “International Investor-State Arbitration.” He is on the adjunct faculty for the St. Gallen (Switzerland) Executive Master of International Business Law Program. Rich has authored several published articles on international arbitration-related topics and often gives presentations on the topic. He is on the Advisory Committee for the ICDR (Houston), the Steering Group of the ABA's International Arbitration Committee, is on the Advisory Board of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration, is a member of the American Society of International Law (Dispute Resolution, International Courts and Tribunals), is on the Advisory Board of the University of Texas Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law & Business, and is president of the Houston International Arbitration Club. Rich was recognized as a Super Lawyer in international law by Texas Monthly Magazine (2013-2016). 

He was an intern for the Honorable Judge George P. Kazen in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas and the Honorable Judge A. Joe Fish in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. Rich was Managing Editor of the Southern Methodist University Law Review during 2001-2002. A former sportswriter, Rich wrote extensively for Sports Illustrated, The Washington Post, The Miami Herald, The Austin American-Statesman, The Houston Post and Texas Monthly Magazine.


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