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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    • 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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