Ilias Anagnostopoulos



LANGUAGES: Greek, English, German, French

ILIAS G. ANAGNOSTOPOULOS, born in Piraeus, Greece, (1956), was admitted to Bar in 1981 (Athens). He received his education at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, School of Law (JD, 1978) and the Goethe University of Frankfurt am Main, Germany (Dr. juris, 1982). He was awarded the Tsirimokos Prize by the Hellenic Criminal Bar Association (1987).

Ilias has appeared as lead counsel in prominent criminal cases in Greece during the past 30 years and has extensive experience in all types of business crime, financial fraud, insurance fraud, healthcare fraud, procurement fraud, tax and customs fraud, insider dealing and market abuse, medical malpractice, product criminal liability, environmental liability, art crimes, money laundering, corrupt practices, anti-competitive practices and cartel offences, corporate criminal liability, anti-terrorism, breach of sanctions, European criminal law, extradition, mutual assistance and alternatives.


Chambers Europe 2023, which identifies an elite group of white-collar crime lawyers in Greece, says:

Ilias Anagnostopoulos of ANAGNOSTOPOULOS offers standout experience in a plethora of white-collar crime topics, including bribery and money laundering cases’.


Legal 500 EMEA 2023 notes:

‘The [firm’s] team is led by white-collar defence expert, Ilias Anagnostopoulos, who is a renowned litigator and has represented clients in cases related to money laundering, asset recovery, and art crimes’.


The International Who’s Who Legal 2022 counts Ilias among the Thought Leaders in business crime defence; WWL says:

Ilias Anagnostopoulos is one of the stars of the Greek business crime space, and comes highly recommended by market commentators for his expertise with the full range of white-collar crime matters’.


Ilias chairs the Hellenic Criminal Bar Association (July 2013-) and is a Professor of criminal law and criminal procedure at the School of Law, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He has been a member of the Law Commission on the new Greek Criminal Code (2015-2019) which entered into force in July 2019.


Memberships include: Criminal Law Experts Commission (Hellenic Ministry of Justice);  High-Legal Council with the Bank of Greece (2013-); European Criminal Bar Association (founder member); The International Academy of Financial Crime Litigators (Fellow); European Criminal Law Academic NetworkEuropean Law Institute (Fellow); National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (International); American Bar Association (Associate); International Bar AssociationAssociation Internationale de Droit PénalInternational Society for the Reform of Criminal Law.


Ilias has published extensively in Greek, English and German on matters of Hellenic, European and international criminal law, business and financial crimes, reform of criminal procedure and human rights.