After obtaining his Master of Law degree in 2005, Prof.dr. Robby Houben started as research assistant on company and financial law at the University of Antwerp until 2011. In 2010 he obtained his PhD (“Set-Off”). Since 2011 Robby Houben lectures at the University of Antwerp and practices as a lawyer at the Antwerp Bar, first at Linklaters, later at Baker McKenzie. He specialises in company and financial law. As of 2017 he holds the chair of company and financial law at the University of Antwerp and became a counsel at Baker McKenzie. Robby Houben regularly taught and teaches abroad, including at Bar-Ilan University in Israel, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid in Spain, Toulouse 1 Capitole in France, and Uppsala Universitet in Sweden.
Robby Houben is chair holder of the Club Brugge Chair at the University of Antwerp. The Club Brugge Chair is established to promote research on the professionalisation of the football enterprise and the optimization of the regulatory environment for football enterprises, as well as to organize study events on this topic.
Robby Houben authored numerous national and international publications in legal reviews and books within the broad domain of company and financial law. He is a regular speaker at national and international conferences. He coordinates the international summer school of the faculty of law at the University of Antwerp on companies crossing borders. Also, he supervises several ongoing research projects relating to company law (i.a. on factual directors, delayed own funds) and financial law (i.a. on macro and microprudential supervision in the SSM, effectiveness and proportionality of MiFID II, ICOs). In 2018 he acted as advisor for the European Parliament on the use of cryptocurrencies for financial crime. Robby Houben is member of the academic board of the European Banking Institute (Frankfurt). He is also director and secretary of the Belgian Institute for Company Law as of 3 June 2019. He is member of the expert panel G&M1 Sciences of Law and Criminology of the FWO (Research Foundation Flanders).
Robby Houben is a member of several editorial boards, including the Tijdschrift voor Belgisch Handelsrecht / Revue de Droit Commercial Belge (TBH / RDC) (financial law section), the Tijdschrift voor Rechtspersoon en Vennootschap / Revue Pratique des Sociétés (TRV-RPS), the Bibliotheek Handelsrecht Larcier (section company and financial law) and the Algemene Praktische Rechtsverzameling (APR). He is responsible for the Belgium section of the International Company and Commercial Law Review.