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:

Who's Who Legal Thought Leaders: Business Crime Defence

Ilias has represented clients in prominent cases across multiple jurisdictions for over three decades. His practice areas include financial fraud, corrupt and anticompetitive practices, tax and money laundering offences, extradition and mutual assistance requests. He regularly offers legal opinions in domestic and foreign jurisdictions. Ilias is chair of the Hellenic Criminal Bar Association (2013–) and former chair of the criminal law committee of the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (2006–2013). He is an associate professor in criminal law and criminal procedure at the School of Law, National University of Athens.

WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO ENTER THE LEGAL PROFESSION? 

My first inspiration was my father, George, a forceful litigator with moral authority. Following him into the courtroom as a teenager I was spellbound by the trial battles. I entered the School of Law, Athens, with the vision of becoming a criminal defence lawyer. 

WHAT IS YOUR PROUDEST MOMENT IN PRACTICE? 

Achieving what seems impossible at first sight; and saving individuals from Leviathan, giving them back their lives.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO SPECIALISE IN BUSINESS CRIME DEFENCE WORK? 

I started focusing on business crime defence at a time when the practice area was not mainstream for criminal practitioners. I was attracted by the complex nature and the cross-border elements of these cases which call for an integrated and long-term defence strategy.

HOW DOES YOUR FIRM DIFFERENTIATE ITSELF FROM YOUR COMPETITORS? 

We pride ourselves on offering timely, superior advice in managing criminal and regulatory risks in today’s global business environment. Our litigation team has an impeccable track record in most significant trials, and over the years we have built strong relationships with the best business crime defence lawyers around the world – allowing us to effectively coordinate our actions in global investigations.

HOW IS THE INCREASINGLY AGGRESSIVE STANCE TAKEN BY GOVERNMENT AUTHORITIES AFFECTING YOUR PRACTICE?

Government authorities apply increasingly aggressive practices in an effort to maximise the efficiency of their investigations and prosecutions. We see it as our duty to proactively shield our clients from such intrusive practices and defend their fundamental freedoms and fair trial rights.

WHAT IN YOUR VIEW IS FUELLING THE GLOBAL TREND TOWARDS INCREASED ENFORCEMENT? 

There is a global trend towards more transparent politics and business practices. While an emphasis on transparency is in principle welcome, the over-moralisation of public life fuels aggressive practices, which are incompatible with the core values of open democratic societies.   

WHAT CAN BE DONE IN TERMS OF DEFENCE WORK TO MITIGATE THE INCREASED RISKS FACING CLIENTS?

Defence lawyers must quickly identify the risks and develop, with their clients, efficient mechanisms to tackle them. They should also be able to elaborate defence strategies to counter overzealous government practices.

WHAT, IN YOUR VIEW, DOES THE FUTURE HOLD FOR BUSINESS CRIME DEFENCE WORK IN GREECE? 

Business crime defence lawyers will be very busy in the coming years. Increasing regulation and criminalisation of business practices will lead to a significant rise in investigations and trial proceedings. Reliable defence work for business crimes would be in high demand.  

Biographies:

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, mutual assistance, extradition and surrender procedures. He is regularly instructed to advise and represent leading multinational and domestic corporations from the energy, defence, aviation, shipping, automotive, construction, financial services, raw materials, pharmaceuticals, food, healthcare, tobacco, telecommunications, travel and leisure and media sectors, as well as sovereign entities and governmental organisations and selected individuals. As a legal expert, he regularly offers opinions in Greek and foreign jurisdictions.

Ilias Anagnostopoulos studied at the School of Law, National University of Athens (1978); and the University of Frankfurt am Main, Germany (Dr juris, 1983). He is an associate 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.

He has authored several prominent books, chapters and articles on a variety of matters related to business crime.

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 wins widespread international recognition as a standout name in the field, particularly when it comes to global investigations work.

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

Who's Who Legal Business Crime Defence: Individuals

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, mutual assistance, extradition and surrender procedures. He is regularly instructed to advise and represent leading multinational and domestic corporations from the energy, defence, aviation, shipping, automotive, construction, financial services, raw materials, pharmaceuticals, food, healthcare, tobacco, telecommunications, travel and leisure and media sectors, as well as sovereign entities and governmental organisations and selected individuals. As a legal expert, he regularly offers opinions in Greek and foreign jurisdictions.

Ilias Anagnostopoulos studied at the School of Law, National University of Athens (1978); and the University of Frankfurt am Main, Germany (Dr juris, 1983). He is an associate 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.

He has authored several prominent books, chapters and articles on a variety of matters related to business crime.

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 “absolutely the go-to guy in Greece” regarding corporate crime matters.

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

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