Ilias Anagnostopoulos
Office:
6 Patriarchou Ioakeim Str.
10674
City:
Athens
Country:
Greece
Tel:
+30 210 729 2010
Fax:
+30 210 729 2015

Questions and Answers:

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Ilias has advised and represented corporates and individuals in prominent cases through multiple jurisdictions in the past three decades. His practice focuses on complex matters involving financial fraud, corrupt and anti-competitive practices, tax and money laundering offences, extradition and mutual assistance requests. As a legal expert, he regularly offers opinions in domestic and foreign jurisdictions. Since 2013, Ilias has chaired the Hellenic Criminal Bar Association; and from 2006 to 2013 he chaired the criminal law committee of the Council of the Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE). He is a professor in criminal law and criminal procedure at the School of Law, National University of Athens.

How has business crime defence changed since you started your career?

I started my career at a time when business crime defence was not mainstream for criminal practitioners. This practice area has since flourished. In today’s overregulated business world, criminal liability for corporates and individuals has become collateral damage of global business. Management of criminal risks and protection of the client’s interests requires a timely and carefully designed defence strategy.     

What do you enjoy most about working in this practice area?

Working as a business crime defence lawyer is an excellent opportunity to continuously develop and test your skills in a most demanding environment. Clients are often high-calibre professionals who will reward you for the quality of your services.      

What qualities do you need to succeed as a practitioner in business crime law?

A successful career in this area requires an in-depth knowledge of the business realities and a strong devotion to the client’s case. Efficient cooperation with in-house counsel and specialists in other areas (both lawyers and other professionals) is essential. Proactive advice and effective litigation are equally important.

You have a lot of international clients. What is the most challenging aspect of representing these clients in Greece?

International clients need to fully understand and familiarise themselves with the laws and the culture of the relevant jurisdiction. This is not an easy task for the lawyers representing them, given the substantial differences in the legal and judicial systems around the world.        

Some of your cases are highly politicised. What are the consequences of this from a practitioner’s point of view?

Highly politicised cases are extremely demanding. They call for an integrated defence strategy to effectively address multiple challenges on various levels. Ensuring judicial independence and protecting the proceedings from populist-political contamination are of the utmost importance. In parallel, careful use of the media may be vital to communicate the client’s position to the “court of public opinion”.

How can the integrity of proceedings be protected against the effects of politicisation?

Sticking to the fair trial rules seems to be a most efficient recipe against the undesirable effects of politicisation. It is especially the presumption of innocence as a pillar of liberal societies that needs to prevail. Those who try to undermine the integrity of the proceedings – inside or outside the courtroom – through politics must be repelled by using all available legal tools.

What has been your greatest achievement to date?

Giving back freedom to clients unduly entangled into criminal proceedings.

What advice would you give to someone starting out in business crime defence?

It requires hard work, self-discipline, taking on new challenges, refining communication skills, reinventing yourself, and an open mind.

Biographies:

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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, healthcare fraud, tax and customs fraud, money laundering, anticompetitive practices, corrupt practices, corporate criminal liability and compliance procedures, anti-terrorism, product criminal liability, environmental offences, medical malpractice, art crimes, mutual assistance, extradition and surrender procedures. He advises leading multinational and domestic corporations, sovereign entities, government organisations and individuals from the energy, defence, aviation, shipping, automotive, construction, financial services, raw materials, pharmaceuticals, food, healthcare, tobacco, telecommunications, travel and leisure, and media sectors. As a legal expert, he regularly offers opinions in Greek and foreign jurisdictions.

Ilias studied at the School of Law, National University of Athens (1978); and the University of Frankfurt am Main, Germany (Dr juris, 1983). He is a professor in criminal law and criminal procedure at the School of Law, National University of Athens, and has published extensively in Greek, English and German on matters of Greek, European and international criminal law, business crime, financial crime, reform of criminal procedure and human rights. His work includes several prominent books, chapters and articles.

Memberships include the Hellenic Criminal Bar Association (chairman), the criminal law committee of the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (chairman 2007–2013), the criminal law experts committee of the Hellenic Ministry of Justice, the High Legal Council of the Bank of Greece, ICC-FraudNet, the European Criminal Bar Association (founder member) and the International Association of Penal Law.

WWL says: Ilias Anagnostopoulos is internationally renowned for his leading expertise in corporate crime and compliance issues.

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Who's Who Legal Business Crime Defence: Corporates

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, healthcare fraud, tax and customs fraud, money laundering, anticompetitive practices, corrupt practices, corporate criminal liability and compliance procedures, anti-terrorism, product criminal liability, environmental offences, medical malpractice, art crimes, mutual assistance, extradition and surrender procedures. He advises leading multinational and domestic corporations, sovereign entities, government organisations and individuals from the energy, defence, aviation, shipping, automotive, construction, financial services, raw materials, pharmaceuticals, food, healthcare, tobacco, telecommunications, travel and leisure, and media sectors. As a legal expert, he regularly offers opinions in Greek and foreign jurisdictions.

Ilias studied at the School of Law, National University of Athens (1978); and the University of Frankfurt am Main, Germany (Dr juris, 1983). He is a professor in criminal law and criminal procedure at the School of Law, National University of Athens, and has published extensively in Greek, English and German on matters of Greek, European and international criminal law, business crime, financial crime, reform of criminal procedure and human rights. His work includes several prominent books, chapters and articles.

Memberships include the Hellenic Criminal Bar Association (chairman), the criminal law committee of the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (chairman 2007–2013), the criminal law experts committee of the Hellenic Ministry of Justice, the High Legal Council of the Bank of Greece, ICC-FraudNet, the European Criminal Bar Association (founder member) and the International Association of Penal Law.

WWL says: Ilias Anagnostopoulos is “an excellent lawyer” who stands out as the foremost white-collar expert in the country.

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Business Crime Defence which can be purchased from our Shop.

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