Robert Kapla is a Partner at Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP where he manages the firm’s Global Public Policy practice. A former White House official, Robert advises sovereign governments and counsels multinational corporations on government relations around the globe.

Governments and businesses alike increasingly struggle to manage their external risks: risks that develop and evolve beyond their borders and board rooms. Robert helps clients anticipate and mitigate a range of external risks—financial, political, legal, regulatory, reputational—that are crucial to advancing their strategic objectives.

Specifically, Robert assists foreign governments on a variety of subjects including foreign investment, international trade and trade policy, project development, territorial and other disputes, and international treaty negotiations. With respect to the private sector, Robert helps multinational companies navigate the complex political and regulatory issues often associated with doing business in the US and abroad. These include matters of international law, entry into foreign markets, cross-border transactions, tariff and non-tariff barriers to trade, and dispute settlement.

Robert is a member of the District of Columbia, Colorado and American Bar Associations; and the American Society of International Law. He has been a National Law Journal “DC Deal Maker of the Year” and authors and coauthors articles on the intersection of business, law and foreign policy.

Robert is active with several organizations including the Atlantic Council, Business Council for International Understanding, Meridian International Center, and US-China Business Council. He also serves on the board of the Squire Patton Boggs Foundation, which advances the firm’s committment to law, public policy and public service by providing fellowships to law students to work in public service organizations and government institutions around the world. Robert lives in Washington, DC with his wife Whitney.

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