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Over the course of his nearly 20-year career, Richard Deutsch has been at the center of some of the most important issues in international arbitration, commercial litigation and government investigations.
Rich represents clients worldwide in all aspects of international arbitrations and government investigations, starting from the earliest signs of potential issues through final resolution. Because success in both international disputes and government investigations is often determined by a party’s position at the outset, Rich strives to ensure that clients are strategically situated to achieve the best results possible. In his international arbitration practice, Rich typically advises industry-leading companies in international commercial arbitrations and investor-state arbitrations. He has represented clients in arbitrations under all of the major institution rules, including the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), the Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration, and the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), as well as ad-hoc arbitrations under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules. As part of this practice, Rich provides advice on risk mitigation through arbitration provisions, international investment treaties and political risk insurance. For the last decade, Rich has been teaching international arbitration courses at the University of Texas School of Law, is a Fellow at the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and sits as an arbitrator in international disputes.
Rich’s government investigations practice has been built on the representation of companies implicated in matters at the forefront of government scrutiny. Most recently, Rich represented a leading civil engineering firm in the largest Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA) investigation undertaken by the U.S. Department of Justice. He has also represented international energy companies implicated in industry-wide Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) scandals, guiding them as they were being investigated by the DOJ, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Internal Revenue Service. He has provided FCPA due diligence to energy companies and medical devices companies with business dealings in high-risk locales, including Brazil, China, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Mexico and Nigeria, among others.
In his commercial litigation practice, Rich has represented U.S. and Canadian banks and energy companies in large securities matters in federal and state court, including several multi-million dollar cases related to the Enron scandal. He has also defended a multinational bank in class action consumer claims and general commercial disputes.
Before earning his law degree, Rich was a sportswriter and wrote extensively for Sports Illustrated, The Washington Post, The Miami Herald, The Austin American-Statesman, The Houston Post and Texas Monthly Magazine.
J.D., Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, 2002
B.A., The University of Texas at Austin, 1992
B.A., The University of Texas at Austin, 1989
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