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Robert L. Houston

Associate
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Robert Houston is an associate in the Singapore office who focuses his practice on investor-state and international commercial arbitration. Mr. Houston also serves as the Pro Bono Coordinator for the Singapore office.

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Mr. Houston was involved in the U.S. Department of State Fulbright Program, where he represented the United States in Singapore through research and the development of scholarship related to the use of international arbitral process to resolve disputes in public international law. Prior to his involvement with the Fulbright Program, Mr. Houston served as a Captain in the 1-175 Infantry Battalion of the Maryland Army National Guard in Sinai, Egypt and was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for his work on communications policy and management of a team of technicians in support of the communications infrastructure while deployed to Egypt with the Multinational Force & Observers peacekeeping mission in 2011-2012.

He completed his internship service in the offices of two global law firms in Paris and Singapore, where he provided legal research and writing support to the international arbitration teams. He served as a summer law intern with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division and Consumer Protection Branch and also as a judicial intern with Judge Lynn Leibovitz of the District of Columbia Superior Court.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Mr. Houston was involved in the U.S. Department of State Fulbright Program, where he represented the United States in Singapore through research and the development of scholarship related to the use of international arbitral process to resolve disputes in public international law.

He completed his internship service in the offices of two global law firms in Paris and Singapore, where he provided legal research and writing support to the international arbitration teams. He served as a summer law intern with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division and Consumer Protection Branch and also as a judicial intern with Judge Lynn Leibovitz of the District of Columbia Superior Court.

Achievements

  • Fulbright Grant Recipient, U.S Department of State Fulbright U.S. Student Program, 2014-2015.
  • Recipient, Meritorious Service Medal, U.S. Army, 2011-2012.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Advocate and Attendee, Singapore International Arbitration Academy, 2016.
  • Arbitrator, Vis East International Arbitration Moot Competition, Hong Kong, 2015.
  • Technical Editor, Vindobona Journal, Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Alumni Association, 2015.

Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist, Discussion on Fighting Human Trafficking and Slavery, Thomson Reuters Livestream Event for the Trust Women Conference, UN Women, Singapore Committee, Singapore, 2016.
  • Organizer and Moderator, “Pro Bono Engagement with Human Trafficking and Forced Labour in South East Asia”, K&L Gates LLP, Singapore, 2016.
  • Seminar Instructor, “Getting to YES:  Waiver of Sovereign Immunity in Energy Disputes in Southeast Asia” (with Glenn Cheng; accredited by the Singapore Institute of Legal Education for Continuing Professional Development training in Singapore), Singapore Management University, 2016.
  • Presenter, “Investment Treaty Arbitration:  At the Crossroads of Geopolitics & Legal Practice” (accredited in New York and California for continuing legal education training; available on the K&L Gates LLP Global Online Learning Center), K&L Gates LLP, Singapore, 2016.
  • Symposium Organizer and Speaker, “Public Interest/Private Dispute:  The Future of the Public-Private Divide in International Arbitration”, White & Case LLP, Paris, 2014.
  • Advising two marine and civil engineering consortia on ongoing project management, claims, variations and other contractual control issues in respect of USD multi-billion sovereign-sponsored EPC contract packages for dredging, land reclamation, foreshore defence, wharves, and ancillary structures in Asia.
  • Advising an Asian state-owned entity with respect to the recognition and enforcement of a foreign arbitral award in Hong Kong.
  • Acting for the exclusive agent of a global rubber trading company in relation to claims in a SIAC arbitration that were in excess of €10 million following the termination of the exclusive agency agreement.
  • Acting for a listed global company in connection with a multi-jurisdictional internal investigation relating to alleged fraud and overseas litigation.
  • Acting for a listed global company in the energy sector in connection with a due diligence exercise to facilitate a potential business relationship in the Indian market.
  • Acting for a large private equity fund in relation to the conduct of due diligence for a prospective share purchase agreement in contemplation of a USD multi-million international M&A transaction in the cosmetics industry.
  • Advising Chinese multinational listed company in developing EPC and Assignment contractual risk profiles for a USD multi-million South American public works project.
  • Acting for a listed global company in the information technology sector in connection with a periodic risk assessment exercise for sales operations in markets across Asia.
  • Coordinating the obtainment of local legal advice from multiple jurisdictions in Southeast Asia on behalf of Asia-based and U.S.-based clients regarding issues with supply chain management or product distribution, including in regard to implications arising from international sanctions involving Iran.