Roberto is a founding member of UNO Trade Strategy Advisors and is currently the managing partner of the firm. Roberto has extensive experience representing companies and business associations in trade remedy matters representing producers and exporters from Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Russia, South Korea, Thailand and the United States. Roberto also assists companies on issues related to import and export quotas, market access, technical barriers to trade and sanitary and phytosanitary measures.
In addition, Roberto has significant experience representing companies and industrial sectors in trade negotiations on matters before the WTO with respect to the bilateral and regional agreements. In 2007, he served as an adviser to the Brazilian Mission for the UN and the WTO in Geneva in the negotiations regarding the Non-Agricultural Market Access (NAMA), TBT, SPS and Rules (dumping, subsidies and fishery subsidies). Based on this experience, Roberto has successfully advised companies on how to structure their operations and minimise the risk of conflicts through alternative dispute resolution measures.
Academically, Roberto studied at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC, and attended the Institute of International Economic Law (IIEL). Roberto also served as the editor of Managing Multilateral Trade Negotiations: The Role of the WTO Chairman, a book co-authored with current and past WTO chairmen and key negotiators, published in 2010 by Cameron May, and author of the chapter on Mutual Agreement Solutions on WTO Disputes, Editora Saraiva, 2008.
Mr Kanitz's involvement in international issues also extends to his charitable work. He is one of the founders of Bê-a-Bá do Cidadão, a charitable group that teaches low-income citizens about their duties and rights.