Vitali Šipilov

Vitali Šipilov

Senior Associate
Tallinn, Estonia

Vitali Šipilov has considerable experience advising on public and administrative law, as well as representing clients in civil disputes.

  • About

    Vitali Šipilov has considerable experience advising on public and administrative law, as well as representing clients in civil disputes. He has represented both private companies and public authorities in complex administrative disputes relating to construction, real estate, tax, energy and the environment. Among other projects, Vitali has represented Hiiu County Government in disputes over spatial plans for the construction of one of the largest off-shore wind farms in Europe (Hiiumaa Offshore Wind Farm). In addition, he has provided legal assistance in various civil law disputes and has prepared construction, sales and lease contracts. Among other projects, he has participated in the successful representation of Swedbank in a cross-border bankruptcy dispute and related litigation in Russia concerning the ownership of precious metals valued at 19.5 million dollars.

    Vitali Šipilov has been an intern in several state institutions and has worked at the Office of the Chancellor of Justice for several years, thereby obtaining thorough knowledge of constitutional and fundamental rights as well as how the public sector operates. He has drafted analyses and advised on complex constitutional matters that demanded a multifaceted approach, including appealing to the European Court of Human Rights. Vitali has also advised entrepreneurs in proceedings in the Estonian parliament and other public authorities. One of his most important recent projects has been representing 23 local governments in the Supreme Court in administrative reform disputes where he disputed the constitutionality of both the legal act itself and its implementation in the form of forced mergers of municipalities.

  • Major Projects
    • 16.11.2017

      Helping Estonia’s giant offshore wind project get the green light

      TGS Baltic has successfully represented Estonia's Hiiu County Government in administrative court in three disputes regarding spatial plans providing general conditions for establishing offshore wind farms.

    • Representing 24 municipalities against the Republic of Estonia

      Representing 24 Estonian municipalities in high-profile constitutional disputes against the Republic of Estonia concerning the lawfulness of the administrative reform, i.e. forced mergers of municipalities. The ruling of the Supreme Court enabled several municipalities to evade a forced merger, i.e. to remain independent municipalities.

    • Representing Swedbank as a third party in insolvency disputes

      Representing Swedbank as a third party in Alberta Trade vs. Buruktal Nickel Plant insolvency disputes and related commercial dispute in the Court of St Petersburg and Leningrad Oblast (Russia). The case concerned the question of ownership of precious metals with a value of 19.5 million dollars. Swedbank won in all court instances.

    • Representing Lietuvos Energija and its subsidiary Tuuleenergia regarding the wind turbines of Tamba

      Representing Lietuvos Energija and its subsidiary Tuuleenergia in the process of legalising the wind turbines of Tamba. With the decision of the Supreme Court the use permits of Tamba wind turbines were withdrawn and possible demolition of the turbines was at stake. It was a highly complex case that combined environmental issues, objections from The Ministry of Defence due to impact on radars, foreign investments protection issues as well as state aid issues.

    • Representing Tallink Group in the Supreme Court and the European Commission

      Representing the largest passenger transport group in the Baltics, Tallink Group, in the Supreme Court and the European Commission concerning excise duties on packaging and potentially unlawful state aid arising from the packaging deposit act.

    • Representing Luminor in the Supreme Court

      Representing the leading independent main financial services provider in the Baltics, Luminor (Nordea Bank Finland Plc Estonian branch), in the Supreme Court concerning the legality and constitutionality of permanent establishment and income taxation matters between the branch and the parent company. The matter concerned income taxation with a total value of 29 MEUR and tax claims amounting to 7.6 MEUR.

    • Advising Nelja Energia regarding wind farms

      Advising renewable energy company Nelja Energia in drafting amendments and implementing provisions of planning and construction regulations regarding wind farms in the Parliament of Estonia.

  • CV


    Estonian Bar Association

    Professional career

    Since 2017
    Senior Associate, law firm TGS Baltic (formerly Varul)
    Senior Associate, law firm Varul
    Associate, law firm Varul
    Adviser, Office of the Chancellor of Justice
    Lawyer, law firm Aare Raig
    Intern, Tartu Administrative Court
    Intern, law firm Baumeister Rechtsanwälte (Germany)
    Intern, law firm Luiga Mody Hääl Borenius
    Intern, Ministry of Justice
    Intern, law firm Küllike Namm
    Intern, law firm Raidla Lejins & Norcous
    Intern, Northern District Prosecutor's Office


    University of Tartu, Faculty of Law, MA (cum laude)
    Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster (Germany), Faculty of Law (Student Exchange Program)
    University of Tartu, Faculty of Law, BA