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STEVEN DE SCHRIJVER CONTRIBUTES TO PINSENT MASONS PUBLICATION ON BREXIT

30.4.2019

Astrea partner Steven De Schrijver has contributed the Belgian section to the “Brexit Update: The European Perspective”, a briefing published by the Brexit team in the London office of Pinsent Masons.

As clients are increasingly looking for advice on legal issues which have arisen as a result of Brexit, this briefing aims to support businesses seeking to understand what specific changes to the law are currently being considered in light of Brexit at a national level and gathers insights from the EU institutions as well as from Belgium, France, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Luxembourg, Spain, Switzerland and The Netherlands.

With the Brexit process moving into another critical phase the report will be regularly updated in the coming months.

The complete briefing by Pinsent Masons can be found here: Brexit Update: The European Perspective.

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DIETER VEESTRAETEN CONTRIBUTED THE BELGIAN CHAPTER TO THE INTERNATIONAL COMPARATIVE LEGAL GUIDE TO LENDING & SECURED FINANCE 2019

11.4.2019

Astrea Banking & Finance Partner Dieter Veestraeten has contributed the Belgian Chapter 33 of the International Comparative Legal Guide (ICLG) to Lending & Secured Finance 2019 (7th edition).

This guide provides corporate counsel and international practitioners with a comprehensive worldwide legal analysis of the laws and regulations of lending and secured finance.  The Country Question and Answer Chapters give a broad overview of common issues in the laws and regulations of this practice area in 51 jurisdictions.

All chapters are written by leading lending and secured finance lawyers and industry specialists. 

Read the complete chapter written by Dieter Veestraeten: ICLG Lending & Secured Finance - Chapter 33: Belgium.

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STEVEN DE SCHRIJVER CONTRIBUTES ARTICLE ON OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE TO THE EXPERT GUIDE: MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS 2019

11.4.2019

Technology and M&A partner Steven De Schrijver has contributed an article entitled “Open Source Software: how to avoid its perils in M&A?” to the Expert Guide: Mergers & Acquisitions 2019 which was published by Corporate LiveWire.

Open Source Software (OSS) has become widespread in mod­ern software development. In this article, Steven discusses the issues and complications surrounding this important technological development which must be carefully considered when entering into an M&A deal.

Corporate LiveWire’s Expert Guides feature contributions from industry experts from around the globe covering topics such as regulatory changes and compliance issues, interesting trends and opportunities, regional or national market composition, and recent or landmark case studies. The Expert Guide: Mergers & Acquisitions provides business owners and investors with an insight on recent developments within the area and offers extensive analysis across various industries whilst also being used as a resource for reference both now, and in the future.

Read here Steven’s full article on Open Source Software.

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ASTREA ADVISED ON BELGIAN LAW ASPECTS OF UNITANK SALE TO DIF AND ASI

15.3.2019

Astrea partners Dieter Veestraeten and Steven De Schrijver have advised on the Belgian law aspects of a transaction involving the signing of an agreement on the sale of 100% of the shares in UNITANK to DIF’s Core Infrastructure Fund I and Aberdeen Standard Investments’ SL Capital Infrastructure II SCSp.

You can read the full article on this transaction here.

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ASTREA ADVISED DOUBLEVERIFY INC. ON ITS ACQUISITION OF BELGIAN DIGITAL VIDEO TECHNOLOGY COMPANY ZENTRICK

26.2.2019

Astrea was pleased to advise DoubleVerify Inc., headquartered in New York, and its private equity backer Providence Equity Partners, one of the world’s premier private equity firms and a leading investor specialized in the media, communications, education and information industries, on its acquisition of Zentrick, a Belgian digital video technology company that provides middleware solutions to drive the seamless execution and performance of online video advertising for the world’s largest brands, platforms and publishers. DoubleVerify Inc. is the leading independent provider of marketing measurement software and analytics in a rapidly-growing market segment. The transaction was completed as an all cash, all stock offer on 15 February 2019.

A press release with regard to this transaction can be found here: https://globenewswire.com/news-release/2019/02/20/1738072/0/en/DoubleVerify-Acquires-Digital-Video-Technology-Company-Zentrick.html.

The Astrea team was led by Steven De Schrijver, who has built a strong reputation on Belgian tech M&A transactions over the last 25 years. Some of his other recent transactions include the investment by Horizon Ventures, a venture capital firm based in Hong Kong, in the Belgian start-up Cloudalize, a cloud platform for running GPU-accelerated applications on demand, and (together with finance partner Dieter Veestraeten) the acquisition by Alpina Capital Partners LLP, an owner-managed, independent technology investment firm with approximately €300m in assets under management, of a majority interest in Objective International, a well-established Belgian company specialized in the process and discrete manufacturing execution system (“MES”) and warehouse management system (“WMS”) sector. Objective is a new addition to Germanedge, Alpina Partners’ buy-and-build strategy in the MES space.

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ASTREA REPRESENTED AT MIPIM IN CANNES

21.2.2019

Partners Ciska Servais and Micha Van den Abeele will represent Astrea at MIPIM - The world's leading property market, taking place in Cannes from 12 till 15 March 2019.

More information on this event can be found here.

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STEVEN DE SCHRIJVER CONTRIBUTES ARTICLE ON XAAS FOR WHO’S WHO LEGAL

30.1.2019

Astrea corporate and technology partner Steven De Schrijver has contributed an article entitled “Xaas: the legal implications of the inevitable evolution towards an integrated, service-based business model” to the Data section of the Who's Who Legal website.

In this article, Steven De Schrijver discusses the rapidly evolving “anything-as-a-service” business, its benefits and drawbacks and the legal challenges it raises.

You can access this article through the following link: Xaas: the legal implications of the inevitable evolution towards an integrated service-based business model.

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STEVEN DE SCHRIJVER RECOGNISED BY WHO’S WHO LEGAL AS GLOBAL ELITE THOUGHT LEADER

14.1.2019

Our Technology and M&A partner Steven De Schrijver is again recognised by Who's Who Legal as “Global Elite Thought Leader” (EU) in 4 categories: “IT”, “Data Privacy & Protection”, “Data Security” and “Telecoms & Media”. He is called “the number-one IT lawyer in Belgium” and sources say “he has got a great understanding of his client's business, which proves indispensable in the area of personal data”.

Congratulations Steven! A well-deserved recognition...

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THE BELGIAN COMPETITION AUTHORITY ENGAGES WITH CRUCIAL ISSUES ON SPORTS AND COMPETITION LAW

11.1.2019

In a preliminary assessment it was held that certain rules of the FEI (Federation Equestre International) regarding jumping events are anti-competitive. Firstly, this assessment argues that the FEI approval procedure for organizing horse racing events is opaque, giving the FEI such a discretionary power that the organization of new jumping events can be delayed or prevented. Secondly, it is argued that excessive sanctions for participation in non-accredited events of athletes, horses and officials infringes their commercial liberty and is anti-competitive. Thirdly, also the FEI rule enabling an event organizer to postpone or block the organization of a competing event is challenged. The decision contains interesting statements on regulatory powers of sports governing bodies to pursue goals such as integrity of sports and competitions, athletes’ health and well-being, and public health. After the FEI brought its regulations in line with these preliminary findings, the Investigation and Prosecution Service decided to end its investigation. The full text of the decision is only available in French. See https://www.bma-abc.be/sites/default/files/content/download/files/abc-2018-pk-41-aud_pub.pdf

For any questions on sports or competition law, do not hesitate to contact Pieter Paepe (ppa@astrealaw.be) or your usual contact at the firm. 

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STEVEN DE SCHRIJVER AND RUDI DESMET PUBLISH BELGIAN CHAPTER IN “GETTING THE DEAL THROUGH – TECHNOLOGY M&A 2019"

4.12.2018

Astrea partners Steven De Schrijver and Rudi Desmet have contributed the Belgian chapter in “Getting the Deal Through – Technology M&A 2019”, which has been published by Law Business Research.

Getting the Deal Through (‘GTDT’) works with many of the best lawyers and law firms in the world to bring together a unique legal information resource, written by experts on each subject area, in every significant jurisdiction.

GTDT uses a simple and concise Q&A format to help users find information quickly and efficiently, covering over 80 practice areas spanning competition & regulatory, dispute resolution & litigation, tax, white collar crime, IP, corporate, commercial, banking & finance, infrastructure & transport, energy & natural resources, insurance and compliance.

The purpose of GTDT’s first edition of the “Technology M&A” guide is to provide an overview of the various factors affecting technology M&A transactions across various jurisdictions.

Read here the complete Belgian chapter published by Steven De Schrijver and Rudi Desmet: “Getting the Deal Through - Technology M&A 2019 - Belgium”.

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