Sheppard Mullin (Brussels)

Dimitris Vallindas

Sheppard Mullin (Brussels)

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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16445 Bulletin

Jacques Derenne, Dimitris Vallindas, Ciara Barbu-O’Connor The EU Commission adopts a series of measures implementing a flexible approach for approving urgent aid granted by member states to companies affected by the COVID-19 outbreak


The unique EU State aid control law requires, in principle, prior notification by Member States and approval by the Commission of all State aid. During a time of crisis, like the COVID-19 pandemic, EU law allows for a flexible approach for approving urgent State aid. In this post, we discuss (...)

Dimitris Vallindas The Marseille Administrative Court of Appeal rules that the territorial authority disregarded the principle of equality in awarding a ferrying contract and failed to correctly apply three of the four Altmark criteria (Société Corsica Ferries)


On July 4, 2016, the Administrative Court of Appeal of Marseille issued a decision on the terms and conditions that apply with regard to controlling the compensation arising from public service transport concessions. Facts and procedural background The case in question pits the company (...)

Dimitris Vallindas The French Administrative Supreme Court declares that a contribution to the public service of renewable electricity does not constitute State aid (Société Praxair)


On July 22, 2015, the French Conseil d’Etat (Council of State) issued an opinion on the contribution to the public service of electricity. The contribution to the public service of electricity compensates for the additional costs arising from the charges borne by the historical electricity (...)

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, (...)

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 Commercial Supreme Court accepts, in principle, that violation of EU State aid provisions may constitute unfair competition, paving the way to State aid damages proceedings (Ducros / CMF Sud)


Facts In 1990, the Etablissements Ducros participated in a tender procedure for a contract concerning the extension of the Marseille-Marignane airport. The contract was finally awarded to the Italian company Construzioni Metalliche Finsider Sud (CMF Sud). Ducros brought an action against CMF (...)

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Jacques Derenne, Alessandro Cogoni, Massimo Merola, Guillaume Blanc, Philipp Werner, Cvetelina Georgieva, Dimitris Vallindas, Ulrich Soltész, Christian Weinmann, Valérie Noël, Sébastien Thomas, Alistair McGlone, Clélia Jadot The role of third parties in State aid cases


The prior control of the granting of State aid by an independent and supranational authority, the European Commission, constitutes the essential cornerstone of the creation of the internal market. However, State aid procedural rules have privileged Member States, whilst third parties, (...)

Jacques Derenne, Dimitris Vallindas Tax rulings: The General Court of the European Union confirms the decision of the European Commission according to which the exemptions granted to certain multinationals derogated from the United Kingdom’s rules applicable to controlled foreign companies in that they introduced differential treatment between taxable companies in a comparable situation, in the light of the objective of the said rules (ITV)


In its decision of April 2, 2019, the Commission had concluded that the exemption scheme on group financing the exemptions provided for in Chapter 9 of Part 9 A of the No. 9 of Part 9 A of the Taxation (International and Other Provisions) Provisions) Act 2010 [hereinafter "TIOPA"], (...)

Jacques Derenne, Dimitris Vallindas Market economy investor: The Court of Justice of the European Union confirms the existence of overcompensation of a freeway concessionaire following the elimination of the double taxation of heavy goods vehicles (Autostrada Wielkopolska)


On November 11, 2021, the Court of Justice dismissed the appeal of the concessionary undertaking for a section of the A2 freeway in Poland [Autostrada Wielkopolska, hereinafter "AW"] against the judgment delivered on October 24, 2019 by the General Court in Case T-778/17(Autostrada (...)

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)


In a much-awaited judgment of 19 December 2018, the Grand Chamber of the Court of Justice delivered a judgment on a reference for a preliminary ruling, refusing to classify as a ’general measure’ the exemption from German real estate acquisition tax for the benefit of certain conversion (...)

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)


By judgment of 13 December 2018, the Court of First Instance dismissed the action for annulment brought by the Comune di Milano (T-167/13) against Commission Decision (EU) 2015/1225 (the ’contested decision’), holding that the capital increases made by SEA to Sea Handling for each of the (...)

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)


By judgment of 13 December 2018, the Court of First Instance allowed the action for annulment brought by AlzChem AG (T-284/15) against Commission Decision (EU) 2015/1826 (the ’contested decision’). The contested decision found that the granting of strategic company status to NCHZ had protected (...)



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