Richard Deutsch is a commercial litigator specializing in international arbitration and government investigations. Richard heads the U.S. division of the firm’s International Arbitration Group. He is licensed in Texas and New York.
In his international arbitration practice, Rich advises leading energy and financial services companies, among others, in international commercial arbitrations and investor-state arbitrations worldwide. 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 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. For clients investing in foreign jurisdictions, Rich provides advice on risk mitigation through arbitration provisions, international investment treaties and political risk insurance. He is a Fellow at the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and is appointed to sit as an arbitrator in international disputes.
Rich’s international practice also includes representing companies in corporate investigations, including compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). He has represented international energy companies implicated in recent industry-wide FCPA scandals, guiding them as they were being investigated by the Department of Justice or the Securities and Exchange Commission. 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.
Rich teaches International Commercial Arbitration and International Investor-State Arbitration at the University of Texas School of Law and serves on the advisory board of the school’s Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law and Business. He is also on the adjunct faculty for the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland) Institute of International Law. Rich is active in the international arbitration community and is often asked to speak at international arbitration events or author journal articles on the practice. He is on the ICDR’s Houston Advisory Committee, the Advisory Board of The Institute for Transnational Arbitration, the steering group of the American Bar Association’s International Arbitration Committee, and serves as President of the Houston International Arbitration Club.
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.
Bahrain oilfield services provider v. UAE project manager (UNCITRAL Rules). Advised potential claimant in dispute regarding amended services agreement for energy project in Iraq.
U.S. investment group v. Philippines-based investment bank (ICC Rules). Represented claimant in contract dispute regarding sale of power generation plants.
Represented a major international oil and gas exploration company in a Nigerian Arbitration Act Rules arbitration (UNCITRAL Model Law) and related litigation regarding a semi-submersible rig offshore Libya.
Represented three major oil and gas exploration companies in an arbitration (ICDR Rules) over the costs of a multi-billion dollar offshore production facility in the Gulf of Mexico.
Indian investment group v. Japanese automobile manufacturer (SIAC Rules). Represented claimant investment group in claim concerning automobile distribution agreements in India.
Spanish financial institution v. U.S. individual (ICDR Rules). Defended Spanish bank in claim arising from U.S. accounts.
U.S. company v. Azerbaijan company (ICC Rules). Defended computer company in a multi-million dollar claim.
International energy company v. U.S. company (ICDR Rules). Represented claimant energy company in dispute over fees related to energy trading.
U.K. Company v. Korean Company (UNCITRAL Rules). Represented claimant engineering company in international arbitration US$20 million claim.
North American Energy Company v. Chinese Corporation (ICDR Rules) Represented claimant in its $46 million claim.
Agricultural Corporation v. United Mexican States, ICSID Case No. ARB(AF)/05/02. Represented claimant in investor-state arbitration under North American Free Trade Agreement claim for US$122 million.
Joy Mining Machinery Ltd. v. Arab Republic of Egypt, ICSID Case No. ARB/03/11. Represented claimant in Investor- state arbitration claim for £16 million related to contract for mining equipment.
U.K. Company v. North African Company (Cairo Regional International Arbitration Centre arbitration). Represented claimant in US$20 million claim based on contract for equipment.
U.K. Company v. Russian Company (ICC Rules). Represented claimant in US$70 million commercial dispute against Russian company.
Chilean Company v. U.S. Company (ICDR Rules). Represented respondent telecommunications company in US$30 million claim.
Enron Corp. v. Argentina, ICSID Case No ARB/01/3. Represented claimant in its $300 million arbitration claim against the Argentine Government.
Sempra Energy International v. Argentina, ICSID Case No. ARB/02/16. Represented claimant in its $270 million arbitration claim against the Argentine Government.
Camuzzi International S.A. v. Argentina, ICSID Case No. ARB/03/2. Represented claimant in its $300 million arbitration claim against the Argentine Government.
International Energy Company v. Argentina, ICSID Case No. ARB/04/16. Represented claimant in its multimillion-dollar arbitration claim against the Argentine government.
El Paso Energy International Company v. Argentina, Case No. ARB/03/15. Represented claimant in its multi-million dollar arbitration claim against the Argentine Government.
Pan American Energy LLC v. Argentina, ICSID Case No. ARB/03/13. Represented claimant in its $300 million arbitration claim against the Argentine Government.
BP America and BP Argentina Exploration Company v. Argentina, ICSID Case No. ARB/04/8. Represented claimant in its $300 million arbitration claim against the Argentine Government.
Pioneer Natural Resources Company v. Argentina, ICSID Case No. ARB/03/12. Represented claimant in its $650 million claim against the Argentine Government.
Azurix Corporation v. Argentina, ICSID Case No. ARB/03/30. Represented claimant in its $571 million claim against the Argentine Government.
South American entrepreneur v. U.S. company (ICC Rules). Represented prominent South American entrepreneur in a $638,000 claim against U.S. company.International Arbitration: Advice to Clients
General arbitration advice on arbitration provisions and steps to preserving arbitral rights for large transactions involving companies in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America.
Advised U.S. energy company on all aspects of potential ICC Rules arbitration claim against West African government arising from production sharing agreement.
Advised U.S. investor on structuring investment so as to gain treaty protections for investments in Eastern European.
Advised U.S. energy company on potential international arbitration claim (ICSID) against African government. Specifically, provided investment structuring advice for preserving international arbitration rights and structuring investment to gain additional rights, as well as advice on potential claims.
Advised U.S. oilfield services company on potential international arbitration claim (ICSID) against Eastern European government.
Advised U.S. food products company on potential international arbitration claim concerning its investment in South American country. Specifically, provided investment structuring advice for preserving international arbitration rights and structuring investment to gain additional rights, as well as advice on potential claims.
Advised U.S. agricultural company regarding potential international arbitration claim concerning investment in a Central American country. Specifically, provided advice on potential claims, damages analysis, and exposure to counterclaims..
Provided investment structuring advice for major U.S. energy company’s investments in Latin America and China.
Provided investment structuring advice for Mexican construction company’s investment in Venezuela.
Provided investment structuring advice for U.S. agricultural company’s planned investment in the Honduras.
Provided investment structuring advice for English chemical company’s investment in Saudi Arabia.
Member, Association of International Petroleum Negotiators
Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
Adjunct Professor, International Commercial Arbitration & International Investor-State Arbitration, University of Texas School of Law
Adjunct Professor, International Arbitration, St. Gallen (Switzerland) Executive Master of International Business Law
Advisory Board, Institute for Transnational Arbitration
President, Houston International Arbitration Club
Advisory Committee (Houston), International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR)
Advisory Board, University of Texas School of Law, Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law & Business
Board of Advisors, Holocaust Museum Houston
Member, American Society of International Law, Dispute Resolution, International Courts and Tribunals
Member, Texas State Bar, International Law Section
Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
Member, Houston World Affairs Council
Steering Group & Vice-Chair, American Bar Association, Section of International Law, International Arbitration Committee
Houston Bar Association, International Law Section (Chair 2010-11, Vice-Chair 2009-10, Counsel)
Member, Houston Bar Association Law & the Media Committee (Chair 2006)
Member, USCIB/ICC Young Arbitrator’s Forum
Member, United Way of Greater Houston, Young Leaders
Selected for inclusion as a "Leading Lawyer," Energy Litigation: Oil and Gas, Texas, Legal 500 US, 2018
Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Arbitration, 2018-2020; International Arbitration - Commercial 2020; Woodward/White, Inc.
Named to “Texas Super Lawyers,” International Law, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2013-2018
Named to "Texas Rising Stars," International Law, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2011-2013
Named a "Future Star," Benchmark Litigation, 2009