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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    • 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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    • 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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