Areas of Practice
  • German
  • English
  • French
  • Italian
  • College of Europe, MA in European Administrative Studies, 1991
  • University of Exeter, LL.M. in European Legal Studies, 1991
  • University of Geneva, B.A. Honours Degree in Law, 1988
Bar & Court Admissions
  • Switzerland
  • Germany
  • Brussels Bar (Dutch speaking)

Simon Hirsbrunner

Avenue Louise 489
B-1050 Brussels
TEL: +32 2 626 0543
FAX: +32 2 626 0510

Simon Hirsbrunner, a partner in Steptoe’s Brussels office, advises businesses, associations, and governmental entities on EU regulatory requirements.  He focuses his practice on the financial services sector, where he works with financial institutions, banks, and re/insurers on EU regulatory, legal, tax, international trade, and compliance issues.  He has particular experience advising Swiss companies and government services on EU regulatory issues, in particular in the financial services, energy, and aviation areas.   

Mr. Hirsbrunner also advises on EU state aid and trade matters, as well as EU economic sanctions targeting specific countries such as Iran, Syria, and Russia.  He is a former European Commission case-handler and brings more than two decades of experience in EU affairs. 

Mr. Hirsbrunner is qualified in both Switzerland and Germany.  Prior to going into private practice, Mr. Hirsbrunner worked at the European Commission (as a national expert) and has also served at the Legal Service of the Swiss Federal Office of External Economic Affairs, the European Free Trade Association, and the European Law Unit of the Swiss Federal Office of Justice. 

Representative matters include: 

  • Representing the Swiss government in an action before the General Court and the Court of Justice of the EU against a European Commission decision concerning Zurich airport
  • Providing legal opinions for the Swiss administration on the promotion of electricity from renewable energy sources
  • Assisting the European Commission in a proceeding before the General Court of the EU concerning the window fittings cartel


  • Legal 500 EMEA for EU Regulatory: Financial Services 2016, 2017
  • Legal 500 EMEA for Customs, Trade, WTO & Anti-Dumping 2016, 2017

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