Dimitris Vallindas

Sheppard Mullin (Brussels)
Lawyer (Counsel)

Dimitris Vallindas is a Counsel in the Brussels office of Sheppard Mullin and a member of its Antitrust and Competition Practice Group. Dimitris specialises in European and Greek competition and regulatory law. In particular, Dimitris has significant experience in handling and coordinating complex multi-jurisdictional cartel and merger cases. He also has in-depth expertise in all types of State aid matters, including R&D, environmental, rescue and restructuring, risk-capital and privatisation cases. He has been frequently involved in litigation both at national and EU level. Dimitris’ expertise covers several industry specific sectors, including the sectors of aviation, telecommunications, rail transport and energy.

Prior to joining Sheppard Mullin, Dimitris was an academic assistant in EU law at the University of Aix-en-Provence. He completed an extensive traineeship at the European Commission, DG Competition, in a unit working on State aid matters relating to Research, Development and Innovation as well as Risk Capital. He also worked as a trainee attorney and associate in three international law firms in Brussels.

Dimitris graduated in law in Aix en Provence (L.LM in European Law, Aix-Marseille III University) and is a member of the Brussels bar. He is fluent in Greek, English and French.

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Dimitris Vallindas The COMESA Competition Commission establishes an informal procedure to determine whether a transaction is reportable under its merger control rules, in order to "remedy" the zero turnover or assets thresholds


New Developments in the COMESA Merger Control Regime – On the Path to Maturity* The Common Market of Eastern and Southern Africa (“COMESA”) is a supranational organisation with 19 Member States: Burundi, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, (...)

Dimitris Vallindas The Paris Commercial Tribunal rules that a recipient of State aid could not be held liable for not having verified whether the aid had been notified (SFEI/La Poste-Chronopost)


Express delivery is a personalized service for the rapid dispatch of documents and parcels. In France this sector is open to unrestricted competition, unlike the ordinary postal service which is subject to the monopoly of the Post Office. The Société française de messagerie internationale (...)

Dimitris Vallindas The French Judiciary Supreme Court accepted, in principle, that violation of EC State aid provisions may constitute unfair competition, paving the way to State aid damages proceedings (Ducros/CMF Sud)


French Commercial Supreme Court (Cour de cassation, chambre commerciale), 15 June 1999, Etablissements J. Richard Ducros v. Société Construzioni Metalliche Finsider Sud, Case n° 97-15684 Facts In 1990, the Etablissements Ducros participated in a tender procedure for a contract concerning the (...)

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Jacques Derenne, Dimitris Vallindas Selectivity: The Court of Justice of the European Union further clarifies the concept of selectivity in tax matters and accepts a rare case of justification from the nature or the economy of a tax system (Finanzamt B / A-Brauerei)


Dans arrêt très attendu, le 19 décembre 2018, la grande chambre de la Cour de justice a rendu un arrêt sur renvoi préjudiciel, refusant de qualifier de “mesure générale” l’exonération de l’impôt allemand sur les acquisitions immobilières au profit de certaines opérations de transformation au sein d’un (...)

Dimitris Vallindas, Jacques Derenne Private investor: The General Court of the European Union confirms a decision declaring unlawful and incompatible a State aid scheme leading to capital increases of a ground handling company granted by the airport managing body held by a public entity (Comune di Milano)


Par un arrêt rendu le 13 décembre 2018, le Tribunal rejette le recours en annulation formé par le Comune di Milano (T-167/13) contre la décision (UE) 2015/1225 de la Commission (la “décision attaquée”) considérant que les augmentations de capital effectuées par SEA en faveur de Sea Handling pour chacun (...)

Dimitris Vallindas, Jacques Derenne Defective statement of the reasons: The General Court of the European Union annuls for defective statement of the reasons a decision of the European Commission concluding that the creditors committee’s decision to carry on the beneficiary’s business did not constitute a State aid (AlzChem)


Par un arrêt rendu le 13 décembre 2018, le Tribunal accueille le recours en annulation formé par AlzChem AG (T-284/15) contre la décision (UE) 2015/1826 de la Commission (la “décision attaquée”). La décision attaquée avait considéré que l’attribution du statut de société stratégique à NCHZ l’avait protégée (...)

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