Robert Kapla serves as the firm’s Public Policy Practice Group leader. 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.
As a trusted adviser, 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 co-authors articles on the intersection of business, law and foreign policy.
Robert sits on the Board of Governors of the Middle East Institute and is active with several other 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 commitment 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.