Vitali Šipilov

Vitali Šipilov

Senior Associate
Tallinn, Estonia

Vitali Šipilov has considerable experience in advising on issues related to public law and administrative law. He has represented both private companies and public authorities in complex administrative disputes relating to construction, real estate, tax, energy and the environment. Vitali has also handled complex constitutional matters. Since 2020, he is a member of the fundamental rights committee of the Estonian Bar Association.

  • About

    Vitali Šipilov has considerable experience in advising on issues related to public law 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 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. In addition, Vitali recently analysed constitutionality of the pension reform for the Estonian Ministry of Finance. 

    Since 2020, Vitali Šipilov is a member of the fundamental rights committee of the Estonian Bar Association.

  • Major Projects
    • 02.06.2020

      TGS Baltic advised international company Iron Mountain Inc., which provides worldwide services on data and records management

      Our team have provided an overview of the time limits for the preservation of documents, and active obligations regarding the submission of documents to public authorities.

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    • 10.11.2019

      TGS Baltic advised the shareholders of OÜ Eesti Digiraamatute Keskus in selling a majority shareholding to a leading Russian publisher OOO “LITRES”

      TGS Baltic advised the shareholders of OÜ Eesti Digiraamatute Keskus in selling a majority shareholding in OÜ Eesti Digiraamatute Keskus to OOO “LITRES”, a leading Russian publisher as well as no. 1 ebook distributor and seller in Russia.

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    • 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.

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    • 11.07.2017

      The town of Loksa, Nõo municipality and Luunja municipality escaped forced merger

      The firm’s lawyers led by Triin Raudsepp successfully represented Nõo municipality, Luunja municipality and the town of Loksa in dealings with the government regarding the forced merger proposed by the government.

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    • 21.12.2016

      The Supreme Court issued a favourable decision in the main matter of Administrative Reform Act

      Attorney at law and senior partner Paul Varul led the team that represented the twenty-three municipalities in the Estonian Supreme Court in the matters regarding Administrative Reform Act, stating that the reform violates the constitutional rights of municipalities in too many points.

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    • 22.10.2015

      Representing Tallink Group before European Commission in connection with alleged state aid resulting from tax benefits

      The firm's competition and tax law team, led by partner Helmut Pikmets, represented the Tallink Group in a procedure conducted by the European Commission in connection with possible illegal state aid resulting from legislation on excise duty and deposit on packaging.

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    • 31.01.2015

      Court overturns vote of no confidence in Viimsi Rural Municipality Council

      Senior Partner Paul Varul along with Vitali Šipilov advised political leaders of Viimsi on a dispute concerning a vote of no confidence.

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    • 19.04.2014

      Representing Nordea Bank Finland Plc in litigation against tax authority

      The firm's tax team, led by partner Helmut Pikmets, successfully advised Nordea Bank Finland Plc Estonia branch office in court regarding a dispute with the Tax and Customs Board. The case concerned legal issues related to foreign companies' permanent Estonian branches taxation and corresponding law amendments which entered into force in 2010.

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    • 07.01.2013

      Nordea Bank Finland Plc Estonian branch takes its dispute with the tax authority to court

      The firm's tax team led by partner Helmut Pikmets advised Nordea Bank Finland Plc Estonian Branch (Nordea) in constitutional review proceedings at the Office of the Chancellor of Justice. The case involves legal issues relating to the taxation of branches of foreign companies who have permanent establishment in Estonia.

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    • Advising Elering in state aid issues

      Advising Estonian electricity transmission system operator Elering in state aid issues related to payment of renewable energy support based on Estonian Energy Market Act.

    • Representing KRTL in a large-scale construction dispute

      Successfully representing a large construction company KRTL in a series of court disputes concerning construction of school and kindergarten building in Sinimäe. The dispute value was over 1 MEUR and it involved complex questions on liability of the contractor, involvement of municipal companies and enforcement proceedings.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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 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 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 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.

  • CV

    Memberships

    Since 2020
    Member of the fundamental rights committee of the Estonian Bar Association
    2013
    Estonian Bar Association

    Professional career

    Since 2017
    Senior Associate, law firm TGS Baltic (formerly Varul)
    2015–2017
    Senior Associate, law firm Varul
    2013–2015
    Associate, law firm Varul
    2010–2012
    Adviser, Office of the Chancellor of Justice
    2010
    Lawyer, law firm Aare Raig
    2009
    Intern, Tartu Administrative Court
    2008
    Intern, law firm Baumeister Rechtsanwälte (Germany)
    2007
    Intern, law firm Luiga Mody Hääl Borenius
    2007
    Intern, Ministry of Justice
    2006
    Intern, law firm Küllike Namm
    2006
    Intern, law firm Raidla Lejins & Norcous
    2006
    Intern, Northern District Prosecutor's Office

    Education

    2010
    University of Tartu, Faculty of Law, MA (cum laude)
    2007–2008
    Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster (Germany), Faculty of Law (Student Exchange Program)
    2007
    University of Tartu, Faculty of Law, BA