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Milos Barutciski

Partner and Co-Head, International Trade and Investment Law

International Trade, Investment and Competition Lawyer at Bennett Jones Toronto

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News & Speaking Engagements

  • Milos Barutciski in FCPA Flash Podcast
    July 21, 2017

    In a FCPA Flash podcast, Milos Barutciski discusses Canada’s Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (CFPOA). This includes some of the differences between the CFPOA and the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), how the two acts are enforced, and what Canadian companies subject to the FCPA need to consider.

  • Milos Barutciski on CTV on Trump's NAFTA Demands
    July 17, 2017

    Milos Barutciski appeared live on CTV for a one-on-one interview on what to expect as President Donald Trump prepares for NAFTA renegotiations with Canada and Mexico. For Canada, Milos says there will be some of the old disputes (softwood lumber, dairy, IP protection), some new issues such as ecommerce, and some of Trump's protectionist concerns on narrowing the scope of NAFTA and Buy America provisions. Milos says a challenge for the President is that his own constituency is divided on some of these issues, and while he has been very vocal about what he wants, he will also need to give in a renegotiation.

  • Milos Barutciski on CTV on Supply Management and Softwood Lumber
    April 24, 2017

    Milos Barutciski appeared live on CTV's Your Morning to share his insights from an international trade perspective on the current debates on supply management in Canada's dairy industry and on softwood lumber. President Donald Trump has recently criticized both sectors as being overly protectionist. What is supply management

  • Milos Barutciski on CBC's Power & Politics on Supply Management
    April 21, 2017

    Milos Barutciski appeared live on CBC's Power & Politics to discuss President Trump's criticisms of Canada's dairy industry and supply management system. Milos points out that from an international trade law perspective, what matters most is what's legal, not what's politically popular between trade partners. Canada's supply management system has withstood the test of being legal for decades.

  • Milos Barutciski on BNN on Canada's Dairy Sector and Trade
    April 19, 2017

    Milos Barutciski appeared live on BNN to discuss President Trump's criticisms of Canada's dairy industry and supply management system. Milos pointed out that the system has been in place for decades and has withstood challenges in multiple international and global ‎trade agreements and before the WTO. The escalating legal risk of dairy wars

  • Milos Barutciski in National Post on Buy American
    April 18, 2017

    Milos Barutciski comments in the National Post ‎on President Trump's “Buy American and Hire American” executive order and its potential impact on Canadian businesses. Milos said it's not just the legal effect, but also the tone that's set that's concerning to companies in Canada. Trump’s latest Buy American order mostly rhetoric but could harm Canadian businesses: experts

  • Four Bennett Jones Practices Ranked Band 1 by Chambers Global 2017
    March 16, 2017

    The 2017 Chambers Global Rankings are out and Bennett Jones is once again noted as a top-ranked law firm. Forty-nine lawyers in 25 practice areas are recognized in the publication. Of particular note are the four practices and nine lawyers recognized in Band 1.

  • Milos Barutciski in Daily Oil Bulletin: Service Companies and Going Global
    February 24, 2017

    Milos Barutciski was a panellist at an Edmonton seminar that provided insights or oil and gas service supply companies looking to enter global markets. ‎As part of his remarks he looked at the countries that are the most difficult to do business in from a regulatory perspective, and what can companies do to address the challenges.

  • Milos Barutciski and Josh Scheinert in National Post
    February 07, 2017

    Milos Barutciski and Josh Scheinert's comments appear in the National Post on how Canadian courts have taken another step in further opening the country’s courts to civil claims by foreign victims of alleged human rights abuses against Canadian corporations for acts committed abroad. Milos and Josh say that when it comes to business and human rights in foreign operations, the stakes just got bigger.  Canadian multinationals can be sued for alleged human rights abuses committed abroad: B.C. court

  • Bennett Jones on Canada/U.S. Trade in Canadian Press
    January 28, 2017

    Matthew Kronby and Milos Barutciski's look at President Trump, Canada and the future of NAFTA was covered by The Canadian Press in a story on the political relationship between Canada and the U.S. with Donald Trump in The White House. The story ran in major media outlets across the country. Trump communication confusion causes historic policy paralysis in Ottawa

  • Milos Barutciski on Bloomberg TV Canada on Trump and Trade
    January 23, 2017

    Milos Barutciski appeared on Bloomberg TV Canada to look at the potential impact of President Donald Trump on Canadian trade. Key areas include government procurement/Buy American and rules of origin in manufactured goods. Milos also said that when it comes to a trade deal such as the NAFTA, the biggest impact a U.S. President can have is at the framework level. Members of the U.S. Congress and industries that are affected drive the details of trade deals.

  • Matthew Kronby and Milos Barutciski in Globe and Mail
    January 18, 2017

    Matthew Kronby and Milos Barutciski wrote an op-ed in the Globe and Mail on the key questions and answers about Donald Trump’s promise to renegotiate or “tear up” the NAFTA. Matthew and Milos look at what the new President can do and what would it mean for Canada-United States trade.

  • Milos Barutciski in The Bottom Line on Next Steps for CETA
    December 05, 2016

    Milos Barutciski comments in the December issue of The Bottom Line on the prospects for and next steps in ratifying the CETA between Canada and the EU. Milos says that tariff reduction and elimination is the most important outcome of CETA, followed by government procurement opportunities, for both Canada and the EU. Trade pact approved, but not a done deal

  • Milos Barutciski in Lexpert on Protectionism in Canada
    December 02, 2016

    Milos Barutciski comments in Lexpert's November/December feature story on protectionism in Canada. Milos looks at how developing countries are now making investment claims against Canada under bilateral investment treaties; how cultural protectionism in Canada can give our international trading reputation a bad name; and what the future might hold for investor-state arbitration involving Canada. Protectionism in Reverse

  • Milos Barutciski on Trade with Iran and Trump in Globe and Mail
    November 11, 2016

    Milos Barutciski comments in the Globe and Mail on what a Donald Trump presidency might mean for Canadian companies operating in Iran or considering sales in the country. Trump win could make it hard for Canadian firms to do business in Iran

  • Milos Barutciski in National Post on Trump and Trade
    November 10, 2016

    Milos Barutciski comments in the National Post on what Donald Trump's election victory might mean for Canadian businesses and trade with the US. Milos says that, "It’s impossible for anyone to really know what Trump’s victory means for Canada. Trump hasn’t spoken about softwood lumber, which is the biggest trade issue between Canada and the U.S. at the moment. For Canadians, are their opportunities? Nobody knows. That’s the big problem, that’s the big question mark right now.” Canadian business lawyers roll out their comments on Trump’s election victory

  • Milos Barutciski on CBC's The Current on International Corruption
    May 16, 2016

    Milos Barutciski was a guest on CBC Radio's The Current for a feature story on what impact an international court might—or might not have—in stamping out government corruption. Milos' comments begin at 8:22 here.
  • Milos Barutciski Op-Ed on Panama Papers in Globe and Mail
    April 16, 2016

    Milos Barutciski wrote an op-ed for the Globe and Mail on why law-abiding companies still need to prepare for Panama Papers scrutiny. He looks at the potentially deep concern where otherwise law-abiding companies and service suppliers have had relationships – in various degrees of proximity – with foreign entities that are implicated in misconduct. Companies may also find that their activities become front-page news – not because they have done anything improper, let alone illegal – but merely because of the company they keep.
  • Milos Barutciski on Lifting Canada's Iran Sanctions
    March 28, 2016

    Milos Barutciski's column on the impact of lifting Canada's economic sanctions against Iran appears in The Lawyers Weekly. Milos describes why this opens very significant business opportunities for several Canadian business sectors, including oil and gas services, engineering and construction, financial services, auto parts and civil aviation. He also points out that Canadian companies will need to move with their eyes open and in an orderly and cautious manner to avoid potential pitfalls of doing business in Iran.
  • Milos Barutciski in Canadian Lawyer on Corporate Wrongdoing
    March 11, 2016

    Milos Barutciski comments in Canadian Lawyer on corporate wrongdoing and the potential of formalized deferred prosecution agreements (DPAs) to deal with it. The story looks at the the Institute for Research on Public Policy's new Round Table report on white-collar crime. Milos was a member of the Round Table.
  • Milos Barutciski in InHouse Cover Story on Brazil
    February 29, 2016

    Milos Barutciski is featured in InHouse magazine's cover story on "Brazil's corruption crackdown." Milos says that while corruption is clearly a problem in Brazil, it isn't endemic and there are nuances to it.. “It's going through a very tough patch right now, no question,” Barutciski says of the country's current state of affairs. “But on the whole, I'm still optimistic for Brazil.”
  • Bennett Jones Counters IP Criticisms of TPP in The Bottom Line
    February 08, 2016

    Milos Barutciski and Dominique Hussey counter Canadian critics of the intellectual property provisions in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement in The Bottom Line's story "Sweeping trade deal sparks new questions."
  • Milos Barutciski in Globe and Mail on Iran Sanctions
    January 18, 2016

    Milos Barutciski comments in the Globe and Mail on why Canada needs to act quickly and lift its sanctions against doing business with Iran. The US and the EU lifted many of their economic sanctions against Iran on January 16, 2016. A timely response by the Canadian government is critical for several Canadian business sectors, notably oil and gas services, engineering and construction, financial services, auto parts and civil aviation.
  • Matthew Kroby and Milos Barutciski in National Post on NAFTA Chapter 11 and Keystone XL
    January 08, 2016

    Matthew Kronby and Milos Barutciski comment on TransCanada's Notice of Intent on the Keystone XL pipeline, against the US under Chapter 11 of NAFTA.

    Matthew and Milos say the Chapter 11 challenge seems designed to pre-empt criticism that TransCanada is using NAFTA Chapter 11 to circumvent environmental policy; discourage the delay or denial of other pipeline applications and provide cover to the next U.S. administration to reverse the decision.

  • Bennett Jones Counters IP Criticisms of TPP
    December 11, 2015

    Milos Barutciski and Dominique Hussey counter Canadian critics of the intellectual property provisions in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. Milos and Dominique are featured in The Lawyers Weekly story, "Sweeping Trade Deal Sparks New Intellectual Property Questions."