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Milos Barutciski

Partner, Co-Head of International Trade

Calgary, Toronto


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.


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  • Nordion Inc. in connection with the due diligence aspects of its US$805M 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. Read more
  • 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.

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  • 2014, Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory

    Milos Barutciski, repeatedly recommended, International Trade Regulation
  • 2014, Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business

    Milos Barutciski, ranked, International Trade/WTO

    "He's tremendous," say sources.
  • 2014, Best Lawyers in Canada

    Milos Barutciski, recognized as one of Canada's leading intellectual property lawyers


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  • 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

    November 2013

    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.
  • Finally, Membership Will Have its Privileges: Canadian Investors Abroad to Benefit as Canada Joins ICSID

    November 01, 2013

    Canada has announced, on November 1, 2013, that it has ratified the ICSID Convention and will at long last become a member of the principal international rule-making and administrative body for disputes between investors and their host states. This is welcome news for Canadian companies and individuals concerned about the protection of their investments abroad.

Blog Posts

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  • 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 […]
  • First Prison Sentence Handed Down Under Canada’s Foreign Corruption Legislation (R. v. Karigar)

    May 23, 2014

    By Milos Barutciski Nazim Karigar was sentenced to three years imprisonment today by the Ontario Superior Court for his part in a conspiracy to bribe an Indian government Minister and other officials of a state-owned airline. Karigar was working as an agent of Cryptometrics Canada, an Ottawa area company, in relation to a bid to supply […]
  • Foreign policy vs. corporate interests in Russia [BNN Headline - Milos Barutciski]

    March 26, 2014

    [March 25, 2014] BNN Headline – A battle is brewing between Canadian companies with interests in Russia and the federal government, which says corporate interests have to take a back seat to foreign policy. BNN talks about the fallout with Milos Barutciski, Partner & Co-Chair, International Trade & Investment, Bennett Jones. Used with permission from […]

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Bar Call:

Ontario, 1987
Québec, 1987


University of Ottawa, LLB, 1984
University of Ottawa, LLL, 1985

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