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Vassilis Akritidis


Vassilis Akritidis is a partner in the International Trade Group in Crowell & Moring’s Brussels office.

Vassilis has been practicing in Brussels since 1991 and helps his clients to achieve and improve market access, maximize trade benefits, and be compliant with the complex web of global trade and EU laws, wherever they operate. He has more than 25 years' experience in the field of EU and WTO law, focusing on EU trade defense investigations (anti-dumping, anti-subsidy, and safeguards), customs matters, trade barriers/market access issues, trade sanctions/export controls, and EU anti-fraud investigations led by OLAF. He also advises on EU competition law, including State aid, and on EU internal market, regulatory,  and public procurement matters.

Vassilis advises European and Asian governments and companies located in the EU, in Asia, and in the U.S. He has worked for clients active in the steel sector, chemicals, high tech, transport, defense and aerospace, and agriculture/food. He represents clients in several jurisdictions, including primarily the EU, but also in trade defense investigations of the Eurasian Economic Union, Brazil, China, and Turkey.

Vassilis' main objective is to ensure that his clients are compliant with trade laws and that they maximize their trade benefits when their goods cross borders, notably through the minimization of customs duty exposure through proper classification, the use of special customs procedures, and customs duty or anti-dumping/countervailing duty refund procedures. He has won many trade defense cases, both on the complainant and on the respondent side. Should things get contentious, he is an experienced litigator, representing parties before the European Union courts in Luxembourg as well as the European Court of Human Rights, the High Court of the Eurasian Economic Union, and national customs and administrative tribunals.


  • Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, B.A. law (1988)
  • Institute for European Studies, Brussels, M.A. European Union law (1991)


Admitted to practice: in Belgium and before the European Court

Professional Activities and Memberships

  • President of the Belgian-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce since 2008
  • Served as a non-executive board member in an industrial development bank and manufacturing companies

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International Trade (Brussels)

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"EU Institutions Reach Agreement on Foreign Subsidies Regulation," Antitrust Law Alert (July 20, 2022). Contacts: Karel Bourgeois, Vassilis Akritidis, Karl Stas, Flavie Van Maldegem
Client Alert / Newsletter
Continuing To Do Business In Russia Carries Risks, But So Does Decoupling, Lawyers Say Export Compliance Daily (April 25, 2022)
Press Coverage
"Ukraine Crisis Webinar," Crowell & Moring Webinar, 2022. (April 21, 2022). Speakers: Vass Akritidis, Bryan Brewer, Caroline Brown, Carlton Greene, Andrew Martin, John Murino, Nicole Simonian, Rob Sneckenberg, Scott Winkelman, Dj Wolff, Alex Urbelis, and Laura Baker
How China And Others Can Navigate Between Our Sanctions De Standaard (April 7, 2022)
Press Coverage
Chambers Ranks Five Crowell Lawyers and Four Practice Groups in 2022 Europe Guide (March 18, 2022)
Firm News / Announcement
Chambers Ranks Seven Crowell Practice Groups and 13 Lawyers in 2022 Global Guide (March 18, 2022)
Firm News / Announcement
"Supply Chain Compliance and Trade Risk Assessment (ACC), Crowell & Moring Webinar, 2022. (January 27, 2022). Speakers: Vassilis Akritidis, Lorenzo Di Masi, and Marcia Pulcherio.
"Supply Chain Compliance and Trade Risk Assessment (IBJ)," Crowell & Moring Webinar, 2022. (January 20, 2022). Speakers: Vassilis Akritidis.
"European Commission Proposal on Foreign Subsidies: Towards a Globalization of EU State Aid Control?," Antitrust Law Alert (May 18, 2021). Contacts: Vassilis Akritidis, Karel Bourgeois, Karl Stas
Client Alert / Newsletter
Chambers Ranks Seven Lawyers and Four Practice Groups in 2021 Europe Guide (March 24, 2021)
Firm News / Announcement

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