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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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STEVEN DE SCHRIJVER PUBLISHES BELGIAN CHAPTER IN “THE PRIVACY, DATA PROTECTION AND CYBERSECURITY LAW REVIEW"

16.11.2018

Astrea corporate and technology partner Steven De Schrijver has published the Belgian chapter in “The Privacy, Data Protection and Cybersecurity Law Review” (Fifth Edition, Ed. Alan Charles Raul), which has been published by Law Business Research in its “Law Reviews”-series.

The Law Reviews give readers a business-focused insight of some of the key substantive and procedural issues, as well as an analysis of important cases, deals and hot topics in each field of law. They also help practitioners to look beyond their own borders where they may see opportunities to practise ever more actively, exploiting strategic solutions and understanding options in foreign jurisdictions which are different from their home forum.

In the Belgian chapter, Steven discusses the most recent Belgian legislative and regulatory developments with respect to privacy, data protection and cybersecurity law following the entry into force of the GDPR on 25 May 2018 and the new Belgian Privacy Act of 30 July 2018 on 5 September 2018, as well as some recent case law.

Read here the complete Belgian chapter published by Steven De Schrijver: The Privacy, Data Protection and Cybersecurity Law Review - Chapter 6: Belgium

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STEVEN DE SCHRIJVER AND RUDI DESMET CONTRIBUTE ARTICLE TO THE GLOBAL PRACTICE GUIDE OUTSOURCING 2019

16.11.2018

Astrea’s Corporate and M&A partner Steven De Schrijver and Employment Law partner Rudi Desmet have written the Belgian contribution to the Global Practice Guide “Outsourcing 2019”, which is published by Chambers and Partners.

Chambers’ Global Practice Guides provide expert legal commentary on the main practice areas in key jurisdictions around the world.

The guides focus on the practical legal issues affecting business and enable the reader to compare legislation and procedure across a range of key jurisdictions.

In their article, Steven De Schrijver and Rudi Desmet cover the important developments and key points of attention with regard to outsourcing in Belgium.

Please find the article here: Outsourcing 2019 - Belgium.

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MICHA VAN DEN ABEELE CONTRIBUTES TO “THE AUTHENTIC LEADERSHIP ROADSHOW"

9.11.2018

Corporate partner Micha Van den Abeele has contributed to “The Authentic Leadership Roadshow”, an initiative of Oxygen4Leadership. The roadshow is an inspiration for 5000 women in leadership positions and supports women in their personal and professional choices. You will find the video of this interview with Micha here: Interview Micha Van den Abeele.

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STEVEN DE SCHRIJVER CONTRIBUTED THE BELGIAN CHAPTER TO THE INTERNATIONAL COMPARATIVE LEGAL GUIDE TO CORPORATE GOVERNANCE 2018

9.8.2018

Steven De Schrijver of Astrea has contributed the Belgian Chapter 6 of the International Comparative Legal Guide to Corporate Governance 2018 (11th edition).

This guide, which is divided into Country Question and Answer Chapters, covers common issues in corporate governance laws and regulations – including transparency and reporting and corporate social responsibility – in 38 jurisdictions. It provides corporate counsel and international practitioners with a comprehensive worldwide legal analysis of the laws and regulations of corporate governance.

All chapters are written by leading corporate governance lawyers and industry specialists.

Read the complete chapter written by Steven De Schrijver: ICLG - Corporate Governance 2018 - 11th edition

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STEVEN DE SCHRIJVER CONTRIBUTES TO THE IR GLOBAL VIRTUAL ROUND TABLE SERIES PUBLICATION “SLAYING UNCERTAINTY - ASSESSING THE CONTRIBUTION OF INSURANCE TO THE M&A PROCESS"

9.8.2018

Astrea Corporate / M&A partner Steven De Schrijver has contributed as the Belgian expert to the IR Global Virtual Round Table Series publication “Slaying Uncertainty – Assessing the contribution of insurance to the M&A process”.

IR Global’s Virtual Series publications aim to provide an insight into challenges and opportunities identified by specialist practitioners and brings together members from various jurisdictions to discuss a specific practice area-related topic.

In the present publication, a panel of 6 experts from a variety of jurisdictions (Belgium, Germany, Italy, UK, USA and the Netherlands) discuss the current trends with regard to insurance in M&A transactions.

Read here the full Virtual Series publication: Slaying Uncertainty - Assessing the contribution of insurance to the M&A process

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STEVEN DE SCHRIJVER CONTRIBUTES ARTICLE ON “IP DUE DILIGENCE IN M&A TRANSACTIONS” TO THE EXPERT GUIDE: MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS 2018

7.5.2018

Corporate and IT partner Steven De Schrijver has contributed the Belgian Chapter entitled “IP due diligence in M&A transactions” to the April 2018 Edition of the Expert Guide: Mergers & Acquisitions which was published by Corporate LiveWire.

Corporate LiveWire’s Expert Guides take an in depth look at the latest global developments within a specific area of the corporate finance world.  Experts from across the globe in a particular area provide a useful insight evaluating the latest news and developments over the past 12 months while also taking a look at the expectations for the upcoming year.

The Expert Guide: Mergers & Acquisitions 2018 highlights several key components that can make the difference between a deal’s success and failure. It explores negotiated indemnification terms in technology acquisitions, the importance of IP and legal due diligence, and identifies opportunities in India and Japan following recent regulatory changes. Featured countries are: Belgium, India, Japan, Jordan & USA.

The article contributed by Astrea is intended to highlight the importance of conducting an IP due diligence in the framework of an M&A transaction.

Read here the full Belgian Chapter to the Expert Guide: Mergers & Acquisitions 2018.

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TOP RANKINGS AND RECOGNITION FOR ASTREA IN LEGAL500 AND CHAMBERS

19.4.2018

Astrea continued its excellent rankings in the most important legal directories in 2018. We are delighted to be recognised again in Chambers and Legal500 with several honourable rankings.

 

In the latest edition of Legal500, Astrea is ranked in the following departments and lawyers:

Banking, Finance and Capital Markets: Tier 4Dieter Veestraeten

Commercial, Corporate and M&A: Tier 4Steven De Schrijver and Frédéric Verspreeuwen

Dispute Resolution: Tier 4Marc Van Looveren, Louis Verstraeten and Olivier Van Fraeyenhoven

Insolvency and Restructuring: Tier 3Louis Verstraeten

IT and Telecoms: Tier 3Steven De Schrijver and Barbara Terriere

Transport: Tier 1Marc Van Looveren, Louis Verstraeten and Ruud De Houwer

An overview of the detailed results can be found on the Legal500 website.

 

In Chambers, Astrea is listed with the following rankings:

Shipping: Band 3  - Marc Van Looveren: “Marc Van Looveren offers "speedy, accurate, reliable and detailed advice coupled with a strong business acumen," according to clients. Also praised for his comprehensive understanding of shipping law in an international context, he handles all angles of Belgian shipping law including ship arrests and cargo claims.”

Corporate/M&A: Band 4 - Frédéric Verspreeuwen: “Frederic Verspreeuwen is the co-head of Astrea's corporate team and advises Belgian and international clients on acquisitions and corporate restructuring. He recently acted for Cronos Group on the sale of its share in Wijs. Clients value his accessibility and describe him as "a good negotiator who is always seeking a solution."

Employment: Band 4 - Rudi Desmet: “Rudi Desmet of Astrea is praised by one client as "very accurate and knowledgeable," while another praises him as "a very good specialist for social labour law." His expertise covers employment-related litigation, dismissals and transfers of undertakings.”

TMT: Information Technology: Band 3 - Steven De Schrijver: “Steven De Schrijver of Astrea is praised for his "sound counsel and tactical advice" and offers expertise in commercial agreements, software licensing, technology transfers and IT outsourcing.  He continues to advise Microsoft on a range of commercial issues including terms and conditions, public procurement and contractual issues.”

Banking & Finance: “foreign expert” for Germany - Dieter Veestraeten: “Dieter Veestraeten of Astrea is well known for representing German banks, recently advising IKB Deutsche Industriebank on early repayment and the release of securities under a credit facility granted to Unitank. Sources report that his command of the German language is "a big benefit".

 

As the rankings are based on feedback from in-house peers and clients we would like to thank all of you for your positive input and appreciation for the quality of the services we have rendered to you. Of course we will seek to maintain this level of quality and would love to further develop our services together with you.

                        

                                        

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