Roberto Kanitz

+55 (11) 3588-4004

São Paulo, SP

Practice Areas:  International Trade, Trade Remedies, Market Analysis, Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures, Non-Tariff Barriers and Mediation

Mr. Roberto Kanitz is a founding member and managing partner of UNO. He has extensive experience representing companies and associations in trade remedy matters. Allying law and an accounting background, he has represented importers, producers and exporters from Brazil, South Korea, India, Thailand, Indonesia, China, Taiwan, among others in antidumping and countervailing duties investigations. Mr. Kanitz also has experience assisting companies on issues related to import and export quotas, temporary and permanent increase or decrease of import tax, market access, technical barriers to trade and sanitary and phytosanitary measures, Generalized System of Preferences, etc.

Furthermore, Mr. Kanitz has significant experience in representing companies and industrial sectors in trade negotiations, as well as being the personal counselor for Governments, specifically on matters regarding WTO and Bilateral and Regional Agreements. In 2007, he participated in the Brazilian diplomatic mission in Geneva, Switzerland. Based on this experience, Mr. Kanitz has successfully advised companies on how to structure their operations while minimizing the risk of conflicts and optimizing benefits through trade.

He was the editor of the book “Managing Multilateral Negotiations: The Role of the WTO Chairman”, (Cameron May, 2011) which was co-authored by current and past WTO chairmen and key negotiators. He also wrote a chapter in “Brazil and WTO Dispute Settlement” (Saraiva, 2008), and a chapter in “Arbitration and International Trade – Essays in honor of Luiz Olavo Baptista” (Quartier Latin, 2013).

Mr. Kanitz studied at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. and was a participant of the Institute of International Economic Law (IIEL) coordinated by Prof. John Jackson. Nowadays he participates as a guest lecturer in meetings sponsored by various universities, trade associations and foreign Governments.

Aside from his career at UNO, he is one of the founders of “Beaba do Cidadão”, a street-law charity group that teaches low-income citizens about their duties and rights, apart from being member of the LIDE Futuro Management Committee.


Bar Admissions

São Paulo, 2006 (No. 257.975)


Postgraduate Degree in Controlling, Administration Institute Foundation (FIA), São Paulo, 2013

Specialization Course in Business Administration, Business Administration School of the Foundation Getúlio Vargas (FGV/EAESP), São Paulo, 2008

WTO eTraining certificate for the courses: Trade in Service (2010), Sanitary and phytosanitary measures – SPS (2008) and Agriculture in the WTO (2007)

Bachelor’s Degree in Law, Faculty of Law of University of São Paulo (USP), São Paulo, 2006

J.D. visiting student, Georgetown Law Center, Washington, D.C., 2005


Book: “Managing Multilateral Negotiations: The Role of the WTO Chairman” (Cameron May, 2011)

Chapter: “Mutually Agreed Solutions” in “Brazil and WTO Dispute Settlement” (Saraiva, 2008)

Chapter: “International Trade Regulation and the WTO” in “Arbitration and International Trade – Essays in honor of Luiz Olavo Baptista” (Quartier Latin, 2013)

Chapter “China Raw Materials – Export Restrictions in “China’s Industrial and Trade Policy under WTO Law – Lessons of Interest to Brazil” (Elsevier, 2016)




Steel, Chemicals and Petrochemicals, Tires, Textile, Ceramic, Apparel/Garments, Industrial Machinery, Rubber and Products, Footwear, Electronics, Glassware, Agricultural/Food Processing, Wood Products, Paper

Countries Assisted

Brazil, China, Indonesia, Thailand, India, South Korea, Mexico, Unites States, Germany, Taiwan, Chinese Taipei, Vietnam, Finland, Belgium, Argentina, Turkey