Gabriele Coppo specialises in EU trade, customs and competition law. He also advises clients on a range of EU internal market and regulatory matters, with particular focus on the automotive sector.

Trade & Customs

Gabriele regularly represents clients (including governments, industry associations, producers and importers) in the framework of EU anti-dumping, anti-subsidy, anti-circumvention as well as safeguard investigations. He further specialises in assisting European companies involved in trade defence investigations initiated by third countries.

In the field of EU customs law, Gabriele handles classification, valuation and origin disputes before the EU authorities (European Commission, OLAF) as well as the Italian customs authority. He regularly appears in customs litigation cases before the EU and Italian courts.

Gabriele advises clients with regard to WTO law and other trade-related matters such as geographical indications, marks of origin, export controls and sanctions.


Gabriele regularly provides advice on a range of competition law matters. He represents clients in cartel investigations and merger filings before the European Commission and the Italian Competition Authority. Moreover, Gabriele assists companies and public authorities involved in State aid investigations. He has broad experience in competition litigation before the Italian and EU courts.

EU Regulatory 

Gabriele’s practice also covers EU internal market and regulatory issues, with particular focus on energy and environmental law. 

He regularly assists automotive clients in relation to the EU emissions rules applicable to motor vehicles. Gabriele’s expertise extends to the preparation and handling of internal market complaints regarding the infringement of EU law by Member States.


Italian, English, French


  • Chambers Global for Competition/European Law


  • University of Brussels (ULB), LL.M. in European Law, magna cum laude, 2008
  • University of Strasbourg, Diploma in Comparative Law, 2007
  • University of Turin, Master of Laws, 2007
  • University of Turin, Bachelor of Laws, 2005


The CAP Under Attack? Last Developments In Trade Defence Cases Targeting European Food Products, Global Trade and Customs Journal, Vol. 13(12).

Aiuti di stato e società di calcio in difficoltà: i recenti casi “Valencia football clubs” e “Dutch football clubs”, Rivista di Diritto ed Economia dello Sport, Vol. XII(3).

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

Contractual Stability and EU Competition Law, European Sports Law and Policy Bulletin, 1/2011.

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.

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

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    • 30/03/2020
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    Gabriele Coppo speaks at the ERA Annual Conference on EU Environmental Law

    On 19-20 March 2020, Van Bael & Bellis partner Gabriele Coppo participated as a speaker in the online livestream Annual Conference on EU Environmental Law organised by ERA. Gabriele's presentation focused on linkages between EU trade law and environmental policy. Gabriele also spoke on a panel discussing Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) in the wake of CJEU Opinion 1/17 and the Achmea Case (C-284/16). Other speakers included, inter alia, Valerie Fogleman, Professor of Law at Cardiff University School of Law and Politics, Franck Lecomte, Legal Secretary to Judge Toader, CJEU, Milena Novakova, Legal and Policy Officer, DG Environment, European Commission, Colin T. Reid, Professor of Law at the University of Dundee, Christoph Sobatta, Legal Secretary to AG Kokott, CJEU.

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    • 02/05/2019
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    Van Bael & Bellis successfully represents Marcegaglia in an anti-dumping investigation initiated by Mexico against exports of steel plates originating in Italy and Japan

    Van Bael & Bellis successfully represented Margcegaglia Plates – a subsidiary of the Italian steel group Marcegaglia - in an anti-dumping investigation initiated by Mexico against imports of steel plates originating in Italy and Japan. Marcegaglia Plates was the only exporter exempted from the anti-dumping measures imposed vis-à-vis all other Italian and Japanese producers. During the proceedings, Marcegaglia Plates was represented by Van Bael & Bellis partners Fabrizio Di Gianni and Gabriele Coppo as well as associate Rosa Aldonza. A copy of the Decree terminating the proceedings (available only in Spanish) can be found here.

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    • 16/04/2019
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    Van Bael & Bellis successfully assists Italian exporters in obtaining the repeal of the Australian anti-dumping measures on imports of prepared or preserved tomatoes from Italy

    Van Bael & Bellis successfully assisted three Italian exporters (Attianese, Mutti, and Princes) in obtaining the repeal of anti-dumping measures imposed by the Australian Anti-Dumping Commission on imports of prepared or preserved tomatoes from Italy. This result was achieved in a sunset review in which the Australian Anti-Dumping Commission decided that the anti-dumping duties of up to 17.6% applicable to imports of tomatoes from Italy should be repealed as it determined that there is no likelihood of continuation or recurrence of injurious dumping for the product concerned in the future, Attianese, Mutti, and Princes were assisted by Van Bael & Bellis partner Gabriele Coppo. The Anti-Dumping Notice was published today on the website of the Australian Anti-Dumping Commission.

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