Ilias Anagnostopoulos

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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.


Since 2013 Ilias chairs the Hellenic Criminal Bar Association, a nationwide organisation of criminal practitioners. From 2006 to 2013 he chaired the Criminal Law Committee of the Council of the Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE).

Ilias received his education at the School of Law, National University of Athens (LLM,1978), and the J.W. Goethe University of Frankfurt am Main, Germany (Dr. juris, 1982) with a dissertation on pre-trial detention.

He is a Professor of Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure, School of Law, National University of Athens (2018-), where he currently teaches Criminal Procedure Law, European Criminal Law and Economic Crimes Law.

He started his academic career at the same School of Law as a Lecturer (1989) and continued as an Assistant Professor (1996) and Associate Professor (2009).

Professional Memberships

Hellenic Criminal Bar Association (Chair, 2013-); Hellenic Ministry of Justice Experts Committee for the new Criminal Code (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; ICC-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, lives in Athens with his wife Persa Lampropoulou and their two sons, Kimon (16) and Aris (15).

Work Highlights

Lead counsel in on-going trial hearings against former Siemens executive for bribery and money laundering; former Johnson & Johnson / De Puy executive for fraud, bribery and money laundering; former Ericsson executives for bribery and money laundering; acting top executives of Alpha Bank for breach of trust.

Languages Spoken

Greek, English, German, French.


Tsirimokos Prize

Hellenic Criminal Bar Association



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Anti-Corruption 2019 Second Edition Law and Practice in Greece

Ilias Anagnostopoulos, Alexandros Tsagkalidis

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