Robert Ivanschitz is the Associate General Counsel for Microsoft Central Europe, Middle East and Africa (CEMA). Robert manages a team of professionals responsible for the legal, corporate, government affairs, policy, and regulatory work in CEMA, supporting Microsoft’s business in 109 countries.
Robert joined Central Europe, Middle East, and Africa Area from Microsoft Latin America where he was the Associate General Counsel since 2015. In such capacity, Robert was responsible for supporting and coordinating the regional legal, corporate affairs, regulatory and policy work in all 7 subsidiaries located in Latin America, including Mexico and Brazil.
Robert is no stranger to this newly created area. Originally from Chile, he joined Microsoft in 2004 and from 2011 to 2015 he was the Head of Legal of then Microsoft Middle East and Africa Area based in Dubai.
Before joining Microsoft, Robert worked as an Associate Attorney for the law firms, New York offices, of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher (1998-2000) and Proskauer Rose LLP (2000-2004).
Robert holds a Law Degree from the Catholic University of Chile School of Law and a Master’s in Law Degree (LL.M) from Columbia University School of Law in New York. He is also admitted to the New York bar. Robert has represented Microsoft extensively in several conferences, panels and external events.