Areas of Practice
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • University of Lausanne, Doctorate of Law, 1962
  • Harvard Law School, LL.M., 1965
  • College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium
  • Avocat, Brussels Bar

Jean Russotto

Senior Counsel
Avenue Louise 489
B-1050 Brussels
TEL: +32 2 626 0505
FAX: +32 2 626 0510

Jean Russotto, senior counsel in Steptoe's Brussels office, is well-known for his experience advising Swiss businesses on EU regulatory issues in the financial services area. He is ranked fourth by Le Temps, Switzerland’s leading French-language paper, in its list of Top 30 Swiss-EU Stakeholders and Decision Makers and cited for his “ability to deal at the highest levels.”  He is regarded for his policy advice and strategic representation before the various Directorates of the European Commission.  Recognized by legal directories including The Legal 500 for his work in the financial services (particularly banking), Mr. Russotto also advises US, European, and Asian clients on trade (e.g. advising on the WTO litigation challenges to the EC's regulatory regime for genetically modified organisms), environmental regulation, competition, and the legal issues encountered by the EU's high-technology industries, such as pharmaceuticals and life sciences, and medical devices.

Mr. Russotto’s background includes experience in government, (as counsel for the Department of Justice in the Canton of Vaud, Switzerland), in-house, as legal counsel for Nestle at its headquarters in Vevey, Switzerland, and in private practice, for US law firms in Chicago, Boston, and Brussels. 

He is a member of the Board of the Swiss Chamber of Commerce for Belgium and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. 


  • Legal 500 EMEA, EU Regulatory: Financial Services, 2012-2017
  • Best Lawyers in Belgium, Regulatory Practice, 2015-2018
  • Legalease Legal Experts Guide (2013)

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