Milos Barutciski practises in the areas of international trade, investment and competition law, and other aspects of economic regulation and compliance. He co-chairs the firm's International Trade and Investment Practice and has represented Canadian and international clients in matters relating to NAFTA and the WTO Agreements, investment treaties, export controls and trade sanctions, foreign corrupt practices, product regulation, customs laws and international dispute settlement. He regularly appears in antidumping, countervailing duty and government procurement cases before the Canadian International Trade Tribunal and the Federal Courts. Milos also represents clients before the Canadian Competition Bureau and the Competition Tribunal in connection with mergers and acquisitions, criminal cartel cases, distribution and pricing practices and cross-border enforcement issues. In 1994-95, Milos was retained by the Government of Canada to negotiate competition law cooperation agreements with the U.S. and the E.U.
Milos is recognized as one of Canada's leading international trade and competition lawyers in the current editions of Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business, the International Who's Who of Trade & Customs Lawyers, Legal Media's Guide to the World's Leading International Trade Lawyers, The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, PLC's Which Lawyer and The Best Lawyers in Canada. He has also been awarded Martindale-Hubbell's highest ranking, an AV rating, for his professional skill and reputation among international and Canadian peers.
Milos chairs the International Affairs Committee of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Trade and Investment Commission of the International Chamber of Commerce, the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD and the Canadian Services Coalition. From 2006-2008, Milos was the President of the International Law Association founded in 1873 in The Hague and headquartered in London, England. Milos is also a Past Chair of the International Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association.
Fluently bilingual in English and French, Milos has published and lectured extensively in Canada and abroad on matters relating to international trade and competition law. He has testified before federal and provincial Parliamentary Committees on matters relating to international trade, investment and competition law, and has been invited to make presentations to WTO and NAFTA Working Groups, OECD Committees, trade officials of the People's Republic of China and the Republic of India, and Canadian and foreign business organizations. From 1996-99, Milos was retained by The World Bank to advise with respect to regulatory reform in the Middle East and Africa. Milos was an adjunct professor of International Trade Law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Ottawa from 1990-94.
Nordion Inc. in connection with the due diligence aspects of its US$826M acquisition by Sterigenics relating to an investigation by Canadian and US regulatory authorities. Sterigenics is a portfolio company of GTCR LLC, a leading Chicago-based private equity firm.
•Lone Pine Resources Canada Ltd. and Lone Pine Resources Inc., in connection with a $400-million cross-border recapitalization and restructuring transaction pursuant to a plan of compromise and arrangement under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act (Canada) and ancillary proceedings under Chapter 15 of the United States Bankruptcy Code.
•Darling International Inc., in connection with its acquisition of all the assets of Rothsay, a division of Maple Leaf Foods Inc., for approximately $645 million.
News & Events
• Milos Barutciski in the Financial Post on Business Corruption in Canada
June 11, 2014
In the Financial Post article by Claire Brownell, One In Five Executives Thinks Corruption Is Widespread In Canada's Business World, EY Report Shows, Milos Barutciski comments on how Canadian companies need to be mindful of changes to the Corruption of Foreign Officials Act when dealing with countries where corruption is common.
• Chambers Global ranks 64 Bennett Jones Lawyers in 20 Practices Worldwide, and its International Trade/WTO practice alone in Band 1 in Canada
March 31, 2014
Chambers & Partners, who rank lawyers and law firms around the world in all jurisdictions, has recognized Bennett Jones as having the only International Trade/WTO Practice ranked Band-1 in Canada.
• Milos Barutciski in the Globe and Mail on Trade Sanctions
March 20, 2014
In the Globe and Mail article by Jeff Gray and Rachelle Younglai, Canadian Firms With Ties To Russia Urge Ottawa To Limit Sanctions, Milos Barutciski comments on the concerns of Canadian companies with interests in Ukraine and Russia who may be affected by strict trade or financial sanctions against those two countries.
•2014, Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
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•2014, Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business
Milos Barutciski , ranked, International Trade/WTO
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•2014, Best Lawyers in Canada
Milos Barutciski , recognized as one of Canada's leading intellectual property lawyers
• Canada and the EU Complete Trade Treaty Negotiations
August 12, 2014
On August 5, 2014, Canada and the European Union (EU) announced that they have completed negotiation of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). Canadianbusinesses interested in entering the EU market or expanding their presencethere, and EU businesses interested in doing the same in Canada, should start to plan how best to take advantage of the substantialopportunities the CETA will create.
• Prison Sentence in Air India Bribery Scheme Sends Deterrent Message to Canadian Executives
May 25, 2014
On May 23, Nazir Karigar, an agent of Cryptometrics Canada Inc. (Cryptometrics), was sentenced to three years in federal prison under Canada's foreign bribery statute. Mr. Karigar was convicted last August of conspiring to pay approximately $450,000 to India's Minister of Civil Aviation and officials of Air India, a state-owned enterprise, in an attempt to win a multi-million dollar contract for Cryptometrics to supply security systems to Air India. Mr. Karigar was convicted largely on the evidence of another Cryptometrics executive, who was granted immunity from prosecution in exchange for his cooperation. Karigar had unsuccessfully attempted to negotiate immunity for himself, and instead became the focus of the prosecution.
• The Oil and Gas Law Review - Canada
Canada is a federal state and a constitutional monarchy and parliamentary democracy composed of ten provinces and three territories. There are three primary areas of focus for oil and gas development in Canada:(1) conventional and unconventional project developments in Western Canada (i.e., Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan); (2) projects in Northern Canada; and (3) offshore projects along Canada's east coast (primarily Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador). Each area has a different legislative landscape and may require a variety of regulatory approvals from federal and provincial authorities. Published by Law Business Research and reproduced with permission.
• Canada's Economic Sanctions Against Ukraine and Russia Extended to Additional Individuals and Entities; Oil & Gas Technology Sanctions Expected Soon
August 06, 2014
By Milos Barutciski, Matthew Kronby, Laura Murray and Jessica Horwitz On August 6, 2014, Canada amended the Special Economic Measures (Ukraine) Regulations and Special Economic Measures (Russia) Regulations to further expand the list of designated persons, both individuals and entities, with whom Canadians are prohibited from engaging in business and financial dealings. The Prime Minister's [...]
• Canada and the EU Complete Trade Treaty Negotiations
August 06, 2014
By Matthew Kronby and Milos Barutciski Canada and the European Union today announced that they have completed negotiation of their Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). The announcement puts to rest extended speculation about whether a deal was still possible, speculation fuelled by the nearly ten months that has elapsed since the parties announced an agreement-in-principle last [...]
• Update on Canada's Economic Sanctions Against Ukraine and Russia
July 25, 2014
By Milos Barutciski, Matthew Kronby and Laura Murray On July 24, 2014, Canada amended the Special Economic Measures (Ukraine) Regulations and Special Economic Measures (Russia) Regulations to expand the list of designated persons with whom Canadians are prohibited from engaging in business and financial dealings. The sanctions were also amended to prohibit new debt and [...] (Also at Calgary, Alberta Office)