Robert Bruce, now retired, was a corporate partner in the firm’s London office. He focused his practice in the capital markets area and was also Chair of our International Telecommunications Group.

Formerly a member of the firm’s Washington, DC office, Mr. Bruce has actively followed the liberalization of telecommunications regulation in the U.S., Europe, Latin America, Japan and elsewhere in Asia.  He has been involved in numerous privatization initiatives in the telecommunications sector around the world, as well as in other efforts to increase private investment in state-owned telecommunications enterprises.  From 1977 to 1981, Mr. Bruce served as General Counsel of the Federal Communications Commission and from 1970 to 1972, he served as Director of Communications Planning for the Public Broadcasting Service.

Mr. Bruce has written frequently in the field of telecommunications law and policy, including “The Telecom Mosaic:  Assembling the New International Structure,” Butterworths (1988) and “From Telecommunications to Electronic Services:  A Global Spectrum of Definitions, Boundary Lines, and Structures” Butterworths (1986).  He is a member of the District of Columbia bar.

Mr. Bruce joined Debevoise’s Washington DC office as a partner in 1983 and relocated to the firm’s London office in September 1993.  He received his B.A. from Harvard College in 1966 and his J.D./M.P.A. from Harvard University in 1970.


  • Harvard Law School, 1970, J.D.
  • Harvard University, 1966, B.A.

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia