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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    • 25/11/2020
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    EU publishes proposed amendments to the Dual-use Regulation

    On 10 November 2020, the European Council and the European Parliament agreed on the text of a long-awaited amendment to Regulation 428/2009 setting up an EU regime for the control of exports, transfer, brokering and transit of dual-use items (“Dual-use Regulation”). The proposal widens the scope of the EU dual-use control regime to cover cyber-surveillance technology and the supply of technical services related to dual-use items. Changes also include new conditions to obtain an export authorisation and the introduction of national control lists. This Client Alert sets out the proposal’s key points.

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    • 20/10/2020
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    EU Dual-use Regime

    Dual-use items are goods, software and technology that can have both civilian and military applications. The European Union controls the export, brokering and transit of dual-use items to third countries, as well as intra-EU movements of highly sensitive dual-use items. The dual-use regime aims to prevent the proliferation of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons, as well as circumvention of conventional arms controls and is guided by multilateral initiatives on export control, such as the Australia Group, the Wassenaar Arrangement, the Nuclear Suppliers Group and the Missile Technology Control Regime. This VBB Insight sets out the key obligations under the dual-use framework and outlines the anticipated reform of the EU dual-use regime. Please click below to read our memorandum on the EU dual-use regime.

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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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