John W. Boscariol is head of the firm's International Trade & Investment Law Group and a partner in the Litigation Group.
John advises both private and public sector clients on the application of laws governing foreign investment and the cross-border trade in goods, services and technology. His practice focuses on enforcement and compliance matters regarding anti-corruption laws and policies, economic sanctions and trade embargoes, export, import and technology transfer controls, defence trade controls, blocking measures (Cuba), national security measures, anti-dumping, countervail and safeguard measures, government procurement, and customs and tariffs. He has also developed a recognized expertise in the interpretation and enforcement of international trade and investment protection agreements, such as the agreements of the World Trade Organization, NAFTA, bilateral investment treaties, and regional trade agreements,.
In addition to advising his clients on strategic planning, compliance and enforcement, John regularly deals with various government agencies responsible for the administration of these laws and appears before panels, courts, and tribunals hearing disputes involving international trade and investment matters.
John advises foreign and domestic clients across a wide range of sectors and industries impacted by international trade and investment measures, including financial services, mining, energy, natural resources, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, clothing and apparel, manufacturing, technology and licensing, software, transportation, defence, food, beverage and other consumer products, biotechnology, public-private partnerships and infrastructure.
In 2014, John was named by Expert Guide's Best of the Best (Global) as one of the world's top 30 international trade attorneys. He is also the recipient of the 2014 Global Law Experts Practice Award for International Trade Compliance Lawyer of the Year (Canada) and the 2014 Corporate International Magazine Global Award for International Compliance Lawyer of the Year in Canada. In 2013, he was selected as the International Trade and Finance Lawyer of the Year in Toronto by Best Lawyers in Canada.
In 2012, John received the Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters' Member of the Year Award for his work with this leading industry organization. He was also selected as the 2013 International Trade and Finance Lawyer of the Year in Toronto byBest Lawyers in Canada.
In 2011, based on nominations and recommendations from in-house counsel, John was also selected as the sole recipient of the International Law Office/Association of Corporate Counsel Client Choice Award - Trade and Customs (Canada). The criteria for the award focus on the ability to add real value to clients' business above and beyond the other players in the market. He is the first lawyer in Canada to ever receive this award for work on international trade matters.
Martindale-Hubbell rates John as AV Preeminent, their highest level of professional excellence and Chambers Global ranks him in Tier One for WTO/International Trade. He has also been ranked highly in numerous other national and international directories, including The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, International Who's Who of Trade and Customs Lawyers, Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers, Expert Guides to the World's Leading Lawyers - Best of the Best, Lexpert, Euromoney's Guide to the World's Leading International Trade Lawyers, and Best Lawyers in Canada.
He has published papers and articles on current trade and investment issues in various business and legal journals, including the Kluwer Global Trade and Customs Journal, Law and Policy in International Business, International Trade Law & Regulation, the Canadian Business Law Journal, the National Banking Law Review, International Business Lawyer, and the Ivey Business Journal.
John is active in the leadership of the American Bar Association Section of International Law, and is currently Division Chair (Public International Law) with responsibility for the Anti-Corruption, Corporate Social Responsibility, Anti-Money Laundering, International Human Rights, and Refugee Law Committees . He is Senior Adviser and Past Co-Chair of the ABA Export Controls and Economic Sanctions Committee. He is also active in Canadian bar associations, including as Past Chair of the Ontario Bar Association International Law Section and as a member of the Canadian Bar Association's Joint Committee on Anti-Corruption.
He is Co-Chair of the Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters' Export Committee and sits on IE Canada's Advocacy Council. He is also a member of the Canadian Council for the Americas, the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Toronto, and the Royal Canadian Military Institute.
John is regularly invited to speak at national and international conferences and seminars on trade and investment matters. Speaking engagements include the International Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the World Customs Organization in Brussels, the Annual Conference of the Canadian Tax Foundation, the Commodity Tax Symposium of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accounts and the Annual Research Seminar of the Canadian Petroleum Law Foundation. He has lectured in the Master of Laws (international trade) program at Osgoode Hall Law School, and at the University of Western Ontario and the University of Toronto. He also teaches IE Canada's Customs Duty and International Trade Course at locations across Canada.
John received his B. Comm. (Gold Medalist) from the University of Toronto in 1990. He received his LLB from the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto and was called to the Ontario bar in 1995. In 1998, he received his LLM (International Trade and Competition Law) from the Osgoode Hall Law School.
RECENT PUBLICATIONS, ATTRIBUTIONS AND SPEECHES (2013 TO PRESENT)
•Speaker, U.S. Commercial Export Controls & Embargoes Seminar, U.S. Export Controls on Non-US Transactions: A Practical Guide, Export Compliance Training Institute, Montreal, May 4 - 7, 2015.
•Speaker, The Interaction of the Canadian and US Sanctions Regimes: Critical Issues and Practical Solutions for Addressing Inconsistency and Conflict, the 8th Annual Forum on Economic Sanctions Enforcement and Compliance conference of the American Conference Institute, Washington, DC, April 28-29, 2015.
•Speaker, Economic Sanctions: Addressing Key Enforcement and Compliance Challenges, The Law and Practice of International Trade 2015 Program, The Commons Institute, Ottawa, March 27, 2015.
•Moderator and Speaker, Export Compliance Best Practices Webinar Series Part 3: Defence Trade Controls - The Controlled Goods Program, Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters, March 6, 2015.
•Moderator and Speaker, Export Compliance Best Practices Webinar Part 2: Economic Sanctions, Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters, February 27, 2015.
•Moderator and Speaker, Export Compliance Best Practices Webinar Part 1: Export & Technology Transfer Controls, Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters, February 19, 2015.
•Quoted in Russian bank that hired John Baird's onetime chief-of-staff removed from list of firms facing sanctions, by Stephen Maher, Financial Post, February 10, 2015.
•Key Developments in Economic Sanctions and Export Controls and What to Watch for in 2015, McCarthy Tetrault Legal Update, February 9, 2015.
•Speaker, Forbidden Compliance: The Application of EU and Canadian Anti-boycott and Blocking Measures to US Economic Sanctions and Export Controls, program of the Export Controls and Economic Sanctions Committee, Section of International Law, American Bar Association, January 29, 2015.
•Moderator, CANADIAN GOVERNMENT Q & A - Status Report on the Controlled Goods Program, Export Control List and Alignment with U.S. Reform: What is Now Controlled in Canada, and Required for Registrations and Export Permits, The 4th Industry Forum on U.S. Export & Re-Export Compliance for Canadian Operations Conference, American Conference Institute/The Canadian Institute, Toronto, January 27, 2015.
•Quoted in Canada gets soft on bribery - Why rules aimed at cracking down on corruption by mining firms miss the mark, by Becky Rynor, Maclean's Magazine, Canada, January 27, 2015.
•Prohibited Compliance: Latest Attack Against Buy America Causes Cancellation of U.S. Procurement, McCarthy Tetrault Legal Update, January 23, 2015.
•New CBSA Transfer Pricing Policy Creates Opportunities and Obligations for Importers, McCarthy Tetrault Legal Update, January 22, 2015.
•Speaker, The Strategic Use of Bilateral Investment Treaties: Canada's Foreign Investment Protection Agreements, McCarthy Tetrault Advance: Advanced Issues in International Arbitration Practice, Toronto & Webinar, January 22, 2015.
•Speaker, Key Anti-Corruption Enforcement and Compliance Issues, McCarthy Tetrault Advance Seminar: Update on Procurement Law in Canada, Toronto and Webinar, January 21, 2015.
•Canada Introduces New Border Remedies to Address Importation of Counterfeit Products, McCarthy Tetrault Legal Update, January 12, 2014.
•Speaker, Economic Sanctions Against Russia - What Does That Mean For Canadian Companies?, Economic Sanctions Against Russia Webinar, Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters, December 12, 2014.
•Chair, Course Leader, Overview of the Anti-Corruption Landscape for Canadian Companies, Lexpert Conference: Anti-Bribery and Corruption Compliance: Coping With the Onslaught, Calgary and Toronto, December 8 & 11, 2014.
•Speaker, Mitigating Agent, Consultant and Third Party Risk, Lexpert Conference: Anti-Bribery and Corruption Compliance: Coping With the Onslaught, Calgary and Toronto, December 8 & 11, 2014.
•Lecturer, Ensuring Third-Party Anti-Corruption Compliance, the 7th Bribery and Foreign Corruption Course, Federated Press, Toronto, December 5, 2014.
•Speaker, Practice Issues in Addressing Conflicts Between US and Canadian Economic Sanctions, the 5th Annual Economic Sanctions Boot Camp, American Conference Institute, New York, December 4, 2014.
•Quoted in Germany won't block Canada-Europe trade deal despite investor-state clause, by Barrie McKenna, The Globe and Mail, November 28, 2014.
•Lecturer, Customs Enforcement, AMPS, and Appeals; Anti-Dumping, Countervail, and Safeguards; Import and Export Controls and Trade Embargoes; International Trade and Investment Agreements, Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters Customs Duty and International Trade Course, Toronto, November 20, 2014.
•Canada to Update Its Export and Technology Transfer Controls, McCarthy Tetrault Legal Update, November 10, 2014.
•Speaker, International Law: From BNP Paribas to Kiev - Recent Developments in Export Controls and Economic Sanctions, the Seminal Export Controls Program, the Ontario Bar Association, Toronto, November 10, 2014.