Born in Piraeus, Greece, January 1956, was admitted to Bar in 1981 (Athens). He received his education at the National University of Athens, School of Law (1978) and the University of Frankfurt am Main, Germany (Dr. juris, 1983). He was awarded the Tsirimokos Prize by the Hellenic Criminal Bar Association (1987).
Ilias has appeared as lead counsel in most significant criminal law cases in Greece during the past 25 years and has extensive experience in all types of business crime, financial fraud, insider dealing and market abuse, tax and customs fraud, medical malpractice, product criminal liability, environmental liability, art crimes, money laundering, corruption practices, anti-competitive practices and cartel offences, corporate criminal liability and compliance, anti-terrorism, European criminal law, extradition and mutual assistance.
The International Who’s Who Legal 2019 counts Ilias among the “Thought Leaders – Global Elite” in business crime defence; WWL says:
“Ilias is ‘an excellent lawyer’ who stands out as the foremost white-collar expert in the country. Ilias is internationally renowned for his leading expertise in corporate crime and compliance issues“.
Chambers Europe 2019, which identifies an elite group of white-collar crime lawyers in Greece, says:
“Ilias Anagnostopoulos of ANAGNOSTOPOULOS impresses market commentators, who recommend him as an expert in criminal law. He handles a whole host of white-collar crime mandates, including assisting foreign companies with anti-bribery and corruption compliance measures.”
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 University of Athens. Memberships: Criminal Law Committee of the Council of the Bars and Law Societies of Europe (Chair, 2007-2013); Criminal Law Experts Commission (Hellenic Ministry of Justice); High-Legal Council with the Bank of Greece (2013-); FraudNet – Commercial Crime Services Division, International Chamber of Commerce; European Criminal Bar Association (founder mamber); European Criminal Law Academic Network; National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (International); American Bar Association (Associate); International Bar Association; Association Internationale de Droit Pénal; International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law.
He has published extensively in Greek, English and German on matters of Hellenic, European and international criminal law, business and finacial crimes, reform of criminal procedure and human rights.
He is fluent in Greek, English, German and French.