Vassilis heads up the firm's WTO & International Trade practice and is recognised by Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500 as a leading expert in his field.
Vassilis has been practising in Brussels since 1991 and helps his clients to achieve and improve market access, maximise trade benefits and be compliant with the complex web of global trade and EU laws, wherever they operate. He has more than 25 years' experience in the field of EU and WTO law, specialising in EU trade defence investigations (anti-dumping, anti-subsidy and safeguards), customs matters, trade barriers/market access issues, trade sanctions/export controls and EU anti-fraud investigations led by OLAF. He is also advising on EU competition law, including State aid, and in EU internal market, regulatory and public procurement matters.
Vassilis is advising European and Asian Governments and companies located in the EU, in Asia and in the U.S. He has worked for clients active in the steel sector, chemicals, high tech, transport, defence and aerospace and agriculture/food. He represents clients in several jurisdictions, including primarily the EU but also in trade defence investigations of the Eurasian Economic Union, Brazil, China or Turkey.
Vassilis's main objective is to ensure that his clients are compliant with trade laws and maximise the trade benefits that they can draw when their goods cross borders, including the minimisation of customs duty exposure through proper classification, usage of special customs procedures and customs duty or anti-dumping/countervailing duty refund procedures. He has won many trade defence cases, both on the complainant and on the respondent front. Should things get contentious, he is an experienced litigator, representing parties before the European Union courts in Luxembourg and other instances, such as the European Court of Human Rights, the High Court of the Eurasian Economic Union and national customs and administrative tribunals.
Vassilis has been consistently recognised as a leading expert in the field of international trade law by Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500, which wrote about him in recent years: