Mark J. Robertson

President Potomac Global Advisors, LLC

Before entering the private sector in 1990, Mark Robertson had a strong and distinguished career on Capitol Hill. He spent more than 17 years in the Senate and House of Representatives as senior staff to various senators and congressmen. 

During his tenure on Capitol Hill, Mr. Robertson developed significant experience in the areas of Senate and House political and parliamentary procedure, as well as in the substance of legislative and regulatory issues affecting international trade, energy policy, national defense and intelligence, telecommunications, financial services, and international relations. 

Mr. Robertson provides strategic counsel to multinational corporations, domestic and foreign industry associations/chambers, and foreign national and state governments on all manner of issues related to markets development and access, political positioning, crisis management/avoidance, and issue management. In addition, he has developed and executed federal and multi-state advocacy campaigns on behalf of numerous multinational companies. 

Mr. Robertson was a principal member of Mexico’s team lobbying the Administration and Congress for passage of NAFTA. Since that time, he has worked on many of the most challenging issues on the bilateral, U.S.-Mexico agenda on behalf of various Ministries, companies and industries in Mexico.  In the private sector, he served as strategic counsel and project coordinator for the largest cross-border Mexican bank acquisition in the United States, and the cross-border acquisition of a 41-state money transmitter, both of which successfully closed in 2006. 

Currently, Mr. Robertson is working extensively with numerous Romanian interests in the public and private sectors in support of foreign capital investment within the country and the region. He successfully worked with the Colombian government on specific programs to improve efforts to counteract drug trafficking, terrorism and kidnapping within the nation. 

As the representative for several private companies in the Balkans, he has helped establish partnering agreements with U.S. multinational corporations, including those specializing in energy, infrastructure, telecommunications, and television broadcasting/distribution. Furthermore, he is involved in the promotion of certain high-profile projects in the energy sector that will directly impact regional and global energy security. 

In the past, Mr. Robertson has also served as a strategic counsel to the presidents and/or ministers of Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Mexico, Venezuela, Serbia, Romania, The Gambia and others. 

Bridges news

14 October 2015
How to track fish from sea to fork to ensure positive environmental outcomes? In the latest chapter of what is generally agreed to be the longest running international trade and environment dispute, last April a WTO compliance panel ruled in favour of Mexico’s claims that the US continues to...
8 May 2015
El 14 de abril de 2015 se celebró el más reciente capítulo de la que se considera la más larga disputa sobre comercio y medio ambiente a nivel internacional. Un panel de cumplimiento de la Organización Mundial del Comercio (OMC) falló a favor de la demanda de México contra Estados Unidos (EE.UU.)...
1 May 2012
Tuna-Dolphin is one of the best-known and most controversial environment-related cases in the history of the multilateral trade regime. In this article, Mark J. Robertson takes aim at what he calls Washington’s “unsustainable” and “indefensible” dolphin-safe labelling policy. Once upon a time in...