Simon Hirsbrunner

Simon Hirsbrunner

Simon Hirsbrunner is a dual-qualified Swiss and German lawyer.  His practice involves EU and Swiss regulatory compliance, including advice on economic sanctions against third countries such as Iran, Libya, Syria and Russia.  He has particular experience in advising banks on EU and Swiss financial sanctions.  Simon is also well-known for his trade policy advice on Swiss-EU relations and he has particular industry expertise in financial services, energy and aviation.  He takes a particular interest in the trade policy consequences of Brexit and has published various papers on this topic.  Prior to joining Steptoe, Simon occupied various positions in public administration, including the Swiss Federal Office of Justice, the European Commission and the European Free Trade Association – EFTA, bringing more than two decades of experience in EU affairs.

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Towards a German CFIUS copycat? More scrutiny on foreign investments in German companies

Germany has recently boosted its control over undesired foreign investments by introducing an amendment to its Foreign Trade and Payments Ordinance, which complements the Foreign Trade and Payments Act. Under the new rules, the acquisition by foreign investors of significant shareholdings in German companies will be subject to an enhanced government control from a public … Continue Reading

Between a rock and a hard place: How to ensure sanction compliance when operating a facility in a sanctions-targeted country

The recently reported resignation of cement manufacturer LafargeHolcim’s CEO has thrown a spotlight on the risks of operating commercial activities in countries targeted by economic sanctions.[1] Without drawing any conclusions on the legal qualification of LafargeHolcim’s conduct in the specific circumstances, the following provides an overview of the principal issues at stake in this case. … Continue Reading