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, information technology, 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). He was a member of the Law Commission on the new Greek Criminal Code (2015-2019), which entered into force in July 2019.

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; High-Legal Council, Bank of Greece (2014-); European Criminal Bar Association (founder member); European Criminal Law Academic Network; European Law Institute; International Bar Association; American Bar Association (associate); National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (international); International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law; 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:

"Proportionality issues in European arrest warrant proceedings: Three stories from the field, in: Em. Billis et al, 'The Principle of Proportionality in Crime Control and Criminal Justice', Hart Publishing, 2020 (forthcoming); "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; “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, 2nd ed. 2020 (forthcoming).


Ilias, born 1956 in Piraeus, lives in Athens with his wife Persa Lampropoulou and their two sons, Kimon (17) and Aris (16).


Ericsson LM; Johnson& Johnson; Deutsche Bank; Thales Group; Goodyear SA; Novartis Hellas SA; adidas Hellas SA; Alpha Bank; Hellenic Petroleum SA; NN Hellas SA; AXA Hellas SA; OPAP Group.

Work Highlights

Some of Ilias’s notable cases in 2019-2020:

The Court of Appeal Athens cleared on 22.1.2020 six former LM Ericsson executives (including an ex-CEO) from charges of bribery and money laundering in relation to the purchase of military equipment by the Hellenic Ministry of Defence in 1999. The Court ruled that the charges against the Ericsson defendants lacked legal basis. By the same judgment seven co-defendants have been convicted for bribery-related money laundering, among them a former ministerial secretary, a well-known businessman, and financial intermediaries.

The Court of Appeal Athens acquitted on 9.10.2019 the members of the Board and high ranking executives of Alpha Bank (one of the largest banks in Greece) from charges of breach of trust in relation to multi-million loans granted to a well-known publishing company and its principal who ran into financial difficulties. The Court held that the defendants did not breach legal or best practice rules which governed the granting and/or restructuring of loans to companies or individuals but acted within the limits of the business judgment rule.

The Court of Appeal Athens rejected on 6.9.2019 a UK European Arrest Warrant against a well-known Greek businessman on charges of fraud against Barclays and false financial statements in relation to companies traded in London’s Alternative Investment Market. His extradition was sought by the Financial Conduct Authority. The Court held that the EAW shall be rejected on prescription and territoriality grounds.

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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