SIMON SCHROPP advises companies, trade associations, and governments on issues relating to international economic policy, international trade and investment disputes, regulatory issues, and competition and antitrust matters. He supports clients by applying economic concepts, principles, models, and methods to applicable legal concepts. Simon has continuously been recognized since 2015 in Who’s Who Legal for the Trade & Customs category as one of the “most highly regarded individuals” worldwide. In the 2018 edition, he is cited as “an exceptional multidisciplinary practitioner” by sources who also commend his “unique mix of economic and legal knowledge.” One client effuses: “Simon is incredibly creative, detail-oriented, practical and thoughtful.” The 2019 edition of Who’s Who Legal calls him a “titan of the market and a diligent, accurate, reliable and creative economist” and quotes clients and peers commending him as someone who “will try his utmost to create a positive outcome.”
Simon oversees the work of Sidley’s in-house economists and manages the Economic Analysis team. Sidley’s Economic Analysis team, comprised of in-house Ph.D.-prepared economists and econometricians, enhances Sidley’s services by providing economic analysis and insight across a wide range of disciplines, industries, and fora. In this role, Simon has gathered extensive experience in an array of disciplines, as well as in a variety of business sectors, including aviation, e-commerce, science and technology, industrial and consumer goods, mining and natural resources, energy and transportation, food and agriculture, and financial services. Simon supports Sidley’s clients and lawyers in a variety of fora, including before World Trade Organization (WTO) panels and the Appellate Body, domestic courts, arbitral tribunals, and domestic regulatory agencies.
Prior to joining the firm, Simon worked for the WTO Secretariat as one of the principal authors of the “World Trade Report 2007,” the WTO’s flagship annual publication. Among other areas, he covered the economics of enforcement of WTO law, as well as the history, track record, and future challenges of the GATT/WTO dispute settlement system. Between 2005 and 2008, he worked as a researcher in a Government-sponsored project, led by researchers from the University of Zurich, analyzing the WTO’s rules of breach and remedy from an economic perspective. Previously, Simon was a founding partner of a software and internet startup based in St. Gallen, Switzerland, in which role he was responsible for business development and the launch of the company’s German branch.
Simon holds two Ph.D.s, one in International Economics from University St. Gallen (HSG), and one in International Studies from the Graduate Institute, Geneva.
Simon also serves as adjunct professor at the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University, Washington, DC, where he teaches graduate-level courses in international economics and trade policy.
*Not admitted to practice law.