Gabriele Coppo specialises in EU trade and competition law. He also advises clients on a range of EU regulatory matters, with focus on the automotive and banking sectors.

Trade & Customs

Gabriele represents a wide range of clients (governments, industry associations, producers and importers) in the framework of EU anti-dumping, anti-subsidy, anti-circumvention and safeguard investigations. He further specialises in assisting European clients involved in trade defence investigations carried out by third countries. In recent years, he has been involved in cases initiated by Australia, Colombia, Korea, Mexico and the US.

Gabriele handles customs classification, valuation and origin matters. He represents companies in investigations carried out by the European Anti-Fraud Office or the Italian Customs Authority. He has broad experience in customs litigation. Gabriele‘s expertise extends to EU export controls and trade sanctions as well as other trade-related matters, such as geographical indications and marks of origin.


Gabriele advises clients on all aspects of EU and Italian competition law. His experience covers a wide range of sectors and includes antitrust investigations and mergers proceedings before the European Commission as well as the Italian competition authority. In the area of State aid, Gabriele acts as counsel for public authorities and alleged beneficiaries of aid measures. He represents clients before Italian and EU courts.

Internal market & EU regulatory 

Gabriele advises clients on other aspects of EU law, including a range of regulatory matters. Gabriele has broad experience in advising automotive clients with regard to the EU technical legislation on vehicles type-approval, including emissions standards. His practice also covers the banking sector, where he advises clients on the application of the EU regulations on banking supervision and resolution.


Italian, English, French


  • Chambers Global for Competition/European Law


  • University of Brussels (ULB), LL.M. in European Law, 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).

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 Van Bael & Bellis, Il Diritto Comunitario della Concorrenza (Giappichelli, 2009), the Italian edition of the Firm’s competition book. 

Contributor to Van Bael & Bellis, EU Anti-Dumping and Other Trade Defence Instruments (Kluwer, 2019), the standard work of reference in the field of EU trade law.

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    • 14/01/2022
    • News

    Van Bael & Bellis successfully represents European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) in Ville de Paris landmark case

    Van Bael & Bellis successfully represented European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) in its intervention in the landmark case Ville de Paris (Joined cases C-177/19 P , C-178/19 P and C-179/19 P) concerning the interpretation of the provisions of Directive 2007/46/EC establishing a framework for the approval of motor vehicles and their trailers, and of systems, components and separate technical units intended for such vehicles. By its judgment of 13 January 2022, the Court of Justice of the European Union found that the adoption, by the municipalities of Paris, Brussels and Madrid, of legislation limiting the local circulation of certain vehicles for the purposes of protecting the environment is not liable to infringe the prohibition laid down in Article 4(3) of Directive 2007/46, read in conjunction with Regulation 2016/646. The Court thus concluded that Regulation 2016/646 is not of direct concern to the municipalities at stake and annulled the judgment of the General Court, declaring the actions at first instance inadmissible. ACEA was represented by Van Bael & Bellis’ partners Fabrizio Di Gianni and Gabriele Coppo. A copy of the judgment is available here.

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    • 09/12/2021
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    The Commission Publishes Regulation to Counter Economic Coercion

    On 8 December 2020, the European Commission (“Commission”) published its proposal for a Regulation on the protection of the EU and its Member States from economic coercion by third countries (“proposed Anti-coercion Regulation”).[1] The proposal aims to deter third countries from pressuring the EU or a Member State through trade or investment-related measures by empowering the Commission to strike back with a wide range of countermeasures. This Client Alert provides a first glance at the proposal and offers some initial comments.

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    • 14/07/2021
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    Gabriele Coppo, Mats Cuvelier and Elyse Kneller participate in seminar on export control compliance

    On the first of July, Gabriele Coppo, Mats Cuvelier and Elyse Kneller spoke at a seminar, co-hosted by Van Bael & Bellis, on key compliance risks for companies exporting military goods and dual-use items, including intangible technology transfers. Their presentation also covered international and European regulatory initiatives related to corporate and social responsibility duties affecting trade. The seminar was part of a meeting of the Belgian Security and Defence Industries (“BSDI”), the national trade association bringing together companies in the defence, aerospace, (cyber-) security sectors. The seminar was the first in-person event BSDI had organized in more than a year, providing the VBB team with an eager and engaged audience.

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