Gabriele Coppo focuses on EU and Italian law in the fields of trade, customs and competition. 

Trade & Customs

Gabriele represents clients in anti-dumping, anti-subsidy, anti-circumvention and safeguard investigations initiated by the EU and by third countries. He has broad experience in trade litigation before the EU Courts and also advises clients on WTO law and other trade-related matters such as origin marking and geographical indications. 

With respect to customs matters, Gabriele advises clients on a range of areas, including tariff classification, origin rules and customs valuation. He regularly appears in customs litigation cases before the Italian courts. 

EU Competition law

Gabriele assists clients in cartel cases and merger filings at both the Italian and EU levels. He also has experience in advising companies and governments in matters involving State aid.

Gabriele advises clients with regard to other fields of EU law, such as free movement of goods and services, environmental law, food law and data protection. He has experience in staff litigation before the EU Courts.  


Italian, French, English


  • Institute of European Studies, University of Brussels, LL.M. in European Law, magna cum laude, 2008
  • University of Strasbourg, Diplôme de droit comparé II cycle, 2007
  • University of Turin, Master of Laws, magna cum laude, 2007


Article 82 CE et refus de licence des droits de propriété intellectuelle: nouvelles perspectives après l’arrêt Microsoft, Revue du Droit de l’Union Européenne, No 4/2008.

Contractual Stability and EU Competition Law, European Sports Law and Policy Bulletin, No 1/2011.

L'applicazione della direttiva servizi in Europa. Strutture di governance in Francia, Regno Unito e Germania, in "La regolazione intelligente. Un bilancio critico delle liberalizzazioni italiane", Passigli, 2013.

Contributor to Il Diritto della Concorrenza nella Comunità Europea, Van Bael and Bellis (2009).

Regular contributor to the firm’s newsletter VBB on Competition Law.

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    • 28/01/2019
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    Van Bael & Bellis promotes two new partners

    This week, Van Bael & Bellis promotes Andreas Reindl and Gabriele Coppo to its partnership. Co-managing partners, Jean-François Bellis and Philippe De Baere commented: “Andreas and Gabriele have been key contributors to the continuing expansion of our EU competition and international trade practices. They add to our firm’s strengths and reflect our enduring commitment to carry the firm forward as one of Europe’s most exceptional legal teams”. The new partners are based in Brussels and expand the firm’s EU Competition and International Trade teams: • Andreas Reindl joined Van Bael & Bellis as Counsel in 2016 and was promoted to Senior Counsel in 2018. Andreas’ practice focuses on all aspects of European competition law. He has significant experience advising Fortune 500 companies and well-known multinationals in high profile mergers as well as complex investigations before the European Commission and national competition authorities. He previously served as the Director of the Fordham Competition Law Institute at Fordham Law School New York, and as a Principal Administrator at the OECD's Competition Division. He also worked for several years in the Washington DC and Brussels offices of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, and in the Brussels office of Baker Botts. • Gabriele Coppo joined Van Bael & Bellis in 2008. He specialises in EU and international trade and customs law, as well as Italian and EU competition law. He also advises clients on other EU law matters, including free movement of goods and services and regulatory law, with particular expertise in the auto industry. He has broad experience in litigation before the Italian and EU courts. Van Bael & Bellis’ Brussels and Geneva offices now include 22 partners, 6 senior counsel, 5 counsel and 35 associates.

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    • 07/12/2017
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    Van Bael & Bellis successfully assists heirs of Commission official in action for damages

    In a landmark judgment issued on 7 December 2017, the EU General Court (Appeal Chamber) upheld the appeal brought by the heirs of the European Commission official Alessandro Missir Mamachi di...

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