Anagnostopoulos > Athens, Greece > Firm Profile


Greece > White-collar crime Tier 1

Anagnostopoulos is renowned for its expertise in high-value financial crime litigation. The firm represents leading multinational and domestic corporations across various industries, as well as sovereign entities and public organizations. Corporate clients and high-net-worth individuals also turn to the firm for advice in relation to criminal and regulatory risk management, as well as cross-jurisdictional investigations. The 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.

Practice head(s):

Ilias Anagnostopoulos

Other key lawyers:

Alexandros Tsagkalidis; Jerina Zapanti; Ioannis Tsakalis


‘Excellent team and deep knowledge and experience of criminal law and white collar crime.’

‘Brilliant team members, very responsive and knowledgeable.’

‘The law firm consists of highly qualified and experienced criminologists, with in-depth knowledge of criminal law and procedure.’

‘Mr. Anagnostopoulos is an excellent criminologist, with integrity of character, reliability and dedication to the profession, a commanding presence in the audience and highly efficient. Mr. Tsagkalidis, is also an excellent criminal lawyer, persistent and detail-oriented, always shows a thorough knowledge of the case file, enjoys to explain strategy and procedure in detail and is always available for any queries and questions on the case by the client.’

Key clients

Deutsche Bank

Ericsson LM

Johnson & Johnson

Naval Group

TE Connectivity Ltd

Louis Dreyfus SA

Hellenic Petroleum SA

Nationale Nederlanden Hellas

Novartis Hellas SA



Hellenic Petroleum SA

adidas Hellas

Vivartia SA

Arcadia Shipmanagement Co Ltd

Karelia Tobacco Company Inc.

Hellas Gold SA

Work highlights

  • Advised Novartis Hellas SA in relation to criminal and regulatory proceedings on bribery, false accounting, and money laundering charges.
  • Advised NN Hellas in relation to criminal proceedings on fraud, perjury, and defamation charges.
  • Represented former Siemens and former De Puy/Johnson& Johnson employees in trial hearings on bribery and money laundering charges.

The firm: Established in 1986, Anagnostopoulos is a leading practice focusing on all aspects of business crime and criminal risk management. The firm offers high-value litigation services and sophisticated advice to corporates and individuals around the world.

Areas of practice: Anagnostopoulos acts for leading multinational and domestic corporations in the energy, raw materials, defence, aviation, shipping, automotive, construction, real estate, food, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, tobacco, financial services, travel and leisure, gaming, telecommunications, and media and entertainment sectors. It is also entrusted with sensitive mandates by sovereign entities and public and governmental organisations.

Anagnostopoulos combines forceful litigation with competent advice in managing criminal risks in complex cross-border matters. The firm is noted for its expertise in cases involving corporate fraud, corruption, insider dealing, regulatory offences, money laundering, tax offences, gambling related offences, anti-competitive practices, asset tracing and recovery. It has an impeccable record in offering discrete advice to corporates and high-net-worth individuals on a wide range of issues through multiple jurisdictions.

The firm responds to changing needs of clients drawing upon a solid knowledge base in corporate criminal liability, internal company investigations and compliance procedures, corruption practices and cartel offences to offer practical solutions and effective representation.

The firm’s dynamic litigation team (Jerina Zapanti, Alexandros Tsagkalidis, Ioannis Tsakalis, Ioannis Tolakis, Ioanna Anastasopoulou) is led by Ilias Anagnostopoulos, an authority in business crime defence with a strong academic background according to Chambers Europe and Who’s Who Legal.  Ilias is a professor of criminal law at the School of Law, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens; as of 2013 he chairs the Hellenic Criminal Bar Association and is a member of the High Legal-Council with the Bank of Greece.

The firm’s multilingual team is able to call on expertise in diverse areas of modern globalised businesses and deploys a comprehensive range of strategic and tactical options to deliver optimal solutions on the most sensitive and demanding mandates. Over the years Anagnostopoulos has built a strong reputation as a high-end specialist firm which is recognised for its dynamic approach and full commitment to clients’ needs while upholding the highest standards of ethics and professional integrity.

Department Name Email Telephone
Criminal litigation
Fraud and white-collar crime
Financial crimes
Criminal and regulatory risk management
Corporate criminal liability
Health and Safety offences
Corruption practices
Cartel offences
Money laundering
Internal investigations and compliance
Securities fraud
Tax and customs offences
Product criminal liability
Environmental offences
European criminal law
Extradition, surrender, and mutual assistance procedures
Sanctions and Anti-terrorism
Asset tracing and recovery
Gambling related crimes
Art crimes
Media and entertainment
Number of lawyers : 10
FraudNet (ICC)
Contact : Ilias Anagnostopoulos (

Anagnostopoulos offers high-value litigation services and sophisticated advice to corporates and individuals around the world.

It is also entrusted with sensitive mandates by sovereign entities and public and governmental organisations.

The firm has an impeccable track record in offering discrete advice to corporates and high-net-worth individuals on a wide range of issues through multiple jurisdictions.

Anagnostopoulos has built a global network of colleagues and other expert professionals and is able to mobilise and ensure timely and competent advice to clients and coordinate their actions within an integrated global strategy.

The firm’s dynamic and multilingual pool of lawyers have a notable international background and are highly reputed in various influential European and global networks.

At Anagnostopoulos we respect diversity and strive for inclusion.

These are core values of liberal societies and define our firm’s open culture. Its flexible structure offers equal opportunities to everyone and our team-spirited approach to all cases ensures a high level of respect and solidarity among our members.

We support talent, innovative ideas and forward-thinking solutions and work systematically to develop collaborative initiatives with all individuals who work in our firm.

This culture of diversity and inclusion also offers our clients an ideal background to pursue their personal goals in this area.

Ilias Anagnostopoulos, Managing Partner

Managing Partner Ilias Anagnostopoulos explains how the firm is responding to clients’ changing needs.

What do you see as the main points that differentiate Anagnostopoulos from your competitors?

The combination of timely and sophisticated advice with forceful litigation is the hallmark of our practice. We offer our clients carefully designed practical solutions that help them achieve the best outcome in each case; and when it comes to litigation, our firm’s dynamic team of trial lawyers commands respect in the courtroom and has an impeccable track record in complex cases with cross-jurisdictional elements.

Which practices do you see growing in the next 12 months? What are the drivers behind that?

Criminal and regulatory risk management will hold an eminent position for corporates around the world. An increasingly aggressive anti-corruption, anti-money laundering, anti-trust, and sanctions enforcement calls for tighter compliance corporate policies and refined risk assessment tools.

What’s the main change you’ve made in the firm that will benefit clients?

We have expanded and enhanced our global network of colleagues and other expert professionals who we are able to mobilize with a view to offering corporate and individual clients competent and concise advice and coordinating actions within an integrated global strategy.

Is technology changing the way you interact with your clients, and the services you can provide them?

The use of cutting-edge technology is amongst our firm’s priorities; we strive to ensure high-end services to our clients while preserving the highest ethical standards of our profession.

Can you give us a practical example of how you have helped a client to add value to their business?

In a multi-month high-profile appellate trial hearing involving former top executives of a multinational on charges of bribery and money laundering, we were able to secure an acquittal as a result of powerful legal argument. This excellent outcome helped the defendants take back control of their lives while restoring the global reputation of the company.

Are clients looking for stability and strategic direction from their law firms – where do you see the firm in three years’ time?

Clients have a need for strategic direction from law firms as an essential part of their global business strategy. Our firm’s multi-layered and flexible response to their emerging needs will strengthen its position as a leader in all aspects of white-collar crime litigation and criminal or regulatory risk management.