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Ilias Anagnostopoulos


Ilias Anagnostopoulos - ANAGNOSTOPOULOS
  • Odos P. Ioakeim 6
  • Athens, Athens, Greece
  • 106 74

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Practice Areas

Ilias Anagnostopoulos heads Athens-based law firm Anagnostopoulos focusing on criminal and regulatory risk management and all aspects of business crime defence. He has appeared as lead counsel in most significant cases in Greece during the past 25 years including business and financial fraud, insider dealing, tax and customs fraud, money laundering, asset recovery, anti-competitive practices, corruption practices, criminal corporate liability, anti-terrorism, product criminal liability, environmental offences, medical malpractice, art crimes, mutual assistance, extradition and surrender procedures. He is regularly instructed to advise and represent leading corporations from the energy, defence, aviation, shipping, automotive, construction, financial services, raw materials, pharmaceuticals, food, health-care, tobacco, telecommunications, travel and leisure, and media sectors, as well as foreign governments and governmental organisations. Ilias is a regular commentator of foreign and international cases and offers expert opinions in domestic and cross-border proceedings.

Professional Memberships

Hellenic Criminal Bar Association (Chair, 2013-); Hellenic Ministry of Justice Experts Committee (2015-); High-Legal Council, Bank of Greece (2014-); Criminal Law Committee, Council of the Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE, Chair 2007-2013), European Criminal Bar Association (founder member); International Bar Association; American Bar Association (associate); National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (international); International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law; European Criminal Law Academic Network; FraudNet; World Justice Project.


Ilias has published extensively in Greek, English and German on matters of criminal law, criminal procedure, European criminal law, criminal justice policy, fundamental rights. Some of his publications are: “One Act, Multiple Prosecutions Unlimited Sanctions?” American Bar Association, 31st National Institute on White Collar Crime, 2017, U11-15; “The right of access to a lawyer in Europe: A long road ahead?”, European Criminal Law Review 2014, p. 3-18; “Criminal justice cooperation in the European Union after the first few ‘steps’: A defence view”, ERA Forum 2014, p. 9-24; “Untersuchungshaft und Verfahrensbeschleunigung: Das Beispiel Griechenlands”, StrafverteidigerForum 2013, p. 453-457; “Cross-border business crime defence: An impossible mission?” The International Who’s Who of Business Crime Defence Lawyers, 2012, p. 11-13; “Contra Socratem”, Onasis Foundation, Athens 25.5.2012, (watch Socrates’ re-trial at; “Ne bis in idem in der Europäischen Union: Offene Fragen”, Festschrift für Winfried Hassemer, C.F. Müller Verlag, Heidelberg,2010, p. 1121-1140; “Criminal Law in Greece”, ed. by L. Dupont and C. Finjaut, Kluwer Law International, The Hague/London/Boston, 2000.


Ilias, born 1956 in Piraeus, received his education at the School of Law, National University of Athens (1978), and the J.W. Goethe University of Frankfurt am Main, Germany (Dr. juris, 1982). He lives in Athens with his wife Persa Lampropoulou and their two sons, Kimon (15) and Aris (14).