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Greece webinar – white-collar crime

24 November 2022, 4.00pm Athens

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Greece webinar – white-collar crime


In this webinar, we will be speaking with some of Greece’s most prominent practitioners with deep and varied expertise in the field of white-collar crime. We will be providing insights that will be of use to both corporations and individuals who seek regulatory risk management advice, and wish to stay ahead of developments in this rapidly-moving sector.

Our conversation will include such topics as managing criminal and regulatory risks for high-ranking company officers, trans-jurisdictional aspects of out-of-court resolutions (DPAs etc), and corporate strategies against illegal gaming.

Our panelists will include:

  • Ilias Anagnostopoulos, managing partner – head of litigation at Anagnostopoulos. Ilias is one of Greece’s pre-eminent expert in high-value business crime litigation.
  • Mr Ioannis Apsouris, chief Legal with Hellenic Petroleum, a leading company in the energy sector
  • Ms Natassa Stamou, Vice Chair, Helenic Capital Market Commission
  • Ms Nancy Verra, chief legal with OPAP SA, the leading company in gaming.


Nancy Verra, chief legal, OPAP SA

Anastasia (Nancy) Verra is the chief legal, regulatory and compliance officer of OPAP Group, which she joined in 2015. She holds a BA from the Law School of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, an LLM in international economic law from the University of Warwick, as well as a PhD in law from the University of London, having been granted a doctoral scholarship. She has been a member of the Athens Bar Association since 2000, and is qualified to practise before the Supreme Court and the Council of State. Nancy boasts more than 20 years of professional experience in senior positions requiring increased levels of responsibility, with companies listed in the ATHEX (OTE-COSMOTE-PIRAEUS BANK), having successfully handled top litigation, legal and regulatory cases. She has also served as a BoD member in ERGOSE SA and the National Regulatory Authority for Railways, as well as a legal counsel for the ‘Green Fund’ and the Minister of Communications of Bulgaria.

John A. Apsouris, group general counsel, Hellenic Petroleum

John A. Apsouris is an attorney–at–law, a member of the Athens Bar Association. He is qualified to plead before the Supreme Court, holds a law degree from the Athens University and a master’s degree (DEA) from the University of Aix-en-Provence (France). He speaks Greek, French, English, Spanish and Italian. From January 1994 until November 2010, he was a partner at Dryllerakis & Associates Law Firm, handling cases of corporate, commercial and civil law, mergers and acquisitions, criminal law, mining law, bankruptcy and restructuring of debts, arbitration/litigation of commercial law cases. Since December 2010 he has been the general counsel of Hellenic Petroleum Group.

For a number of years he was a board member and/or secretary to the board of directors of various Greek companies. Between 2013 and 2018 he was member of the supervisory board of the Hellenic Gas Transmission System Operator (DESFA) S.A. Today, he is chairman of the board of ELPET VALKANIKI S.A., VARDAX S.A. and HELPE DIGITAL S.A. and a director in another three companies of the Hellenic Petroleum Group. In January 2020, John was elected chair of the legal issue group of Fuels Europe (a division of the European Petroleum Refiners Association) and, since January 2019 has been a member of the Hellenic Corporate Governance Council (HCGC). He participates in the working groups on corporate governance and industrial permitting for the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV) and on the corporate governance committee of the American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce. He is a regular speaker in legal conferences and has published studies and articles in the Greek and international legal press.

Ilias Anagnostopoulos, managing partner, Anagnostopoulos

Ilias Anagnostopoulos heads Athens-based law firm Anagnostopoulos, focusing on criminal and regulatory risk management and all aspects of business crime. He has appeared as lead counsel in most significant cases in Greece during the past 30 years including business and financial fraud, money laundering, corrupt and anti-competitive practices, asset recovery. Ilias studied at the School of Law, National University of Athens (1978); and the Goethe University of Frankfurt am Main, Germany (Dr juris, 1982). He is a professor in criminal law and criminal procedure at the School of Law, National University Athens, and has authored several prominent books, chapters and articles in Greek, English and German. He chairs the Hellenic Criminal Bar Association (2013-) and is a member of the criminal law experts committee of Hellenic Ministry of Justice, and the High-Legal Council of the Bank of Greece.

Natassa Stamou, Second Vice Chair of the Hellenic Capital Market Commission

Natassa Stamou was appointed Second Vice Chair of the Hellenic Capital Market Commission (HCMC) in September 2019, already having long experience in the Greek capital market and Chair of the Athens Stock Exchange Members Guarantee Fund in October 2022. She has been actively involved in corporate governance and in “Environment, Society and Governance” (“ESG”) matters. She participates in consultations and in negotiations with governmental and supervisory bodies to promote the development of the capital market. She is a member of several Professional Associations and a regular speaker in legal and financial conferences. She is a lawyer (Law School of the University of Athens (1990) and holds an LL.M. from the University of Southampton (LL.M. Sotón 1995).

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