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Astrea provides specialized legal advice to private companies, entrepreneurs and public authorities

Legal issues are rarely limited to a single area of law.

Astrea is an independent law firm with more than 35 lawyers, each with their own area of specialization. Together, they provide assistance in any area of law that might be required by private companies, entrepreneurs or public authorities.

Our firm's broad-based composition allows us to offer a comprehensive approach. Based on the individual client's needs and the specific issues at hand, we assign a customized team of specialist lawyers to each case. This enables us to consider every relevant area of law and provide the most efficient solution.

A unique blend of passion and respect is the strength of the Astrea team. Every team member has a client-oriented and client-driven approach. We respond quickly, and we work in a proactive and pragmatic way. Quality is essential, but we also aim to be as cost-efficient as possible.

NEWS

UPCOMING CHANGES AT ASTREA

12.12.2017

 

Astrea is preparing for 2018. As we seek to continuously exceed your expectations both now and in the future,  Micha Van den Abeele will be promoted partner and we will move our Antwerp office in to a state-of-the-art new building.

Astrea welcomes Micha Van den Abeele as partner in the Corporate & Finance practice

Micha Van den Abeele has been working as a lawyer at Astrea since 2009. Her field of expertise is corporate law and this month she has been appointed partner in the Astrea Corporate and Finance practice. As partner, Micha will keep on concentrating on every aspect of corporate law, with a special focus on Corporate Real Estate. Her appointment allows Astrea to grow and to remain an ambitious partner for successful, multidisciplinary legal advice for your business.

Astrea moves to The Link

Astrea is growing and has big plans for 2018. We will say goodbye to the office in the Roderveldlaan and move the Antwerp office to a new location, only 200 meters from where you could find us in the past 10 years.

The Link is a brand-new business site which focuses on innovation, design and durability. Astrea chooses The Link because of its strategic location and easy accessibility, which allows for growth and further expansion. We look forward to accomplish our future ambitions on this new location. You will find our new offices and meeting rooms there from the first of January 2018.

 

New address (from 1 January 2018):
Antwerp office: Posthofbrug 6, B-2600 Antwerp
T +32 3 287 11 11  |  F +32 3 287 11 12  |  contact@astrealaw.be

Brussels office: Louizalaan 235, B-1050 Brussels
T +32 2 215 97 58 |  F +32 2 216  50 91  |  contact@astrealaw.be

 

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WHO'S WHO LEGAL: DATA 2018 : ASTREA PARTNER STEVEN DE SCHRIJVER NOMINATED AS THOUGHT LEADER IN RELATION TO INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY, DATA PRIVACY, PROTECTION & SECURITY AND TELECOMS & MEDIA

7.12.2017

Every year Who’s Who Legal undertakes an in-depth research to identify the firms and practitioners who stand out worldwide in the field of (1) information technology, (2) data privacy, protection and security and (3) telecoms and media.

Astrea partner Steven De Schrijver is one of very few lawyers worldwide who is listed as a thought leader in all three categories.

According to Who’s Who Legal:

“The Thought Leaders are those individuals who received the highest number of nominations from peers, corporate counsel and other market sources this year. Our research has identified them as truly outstanding practitioners and the very best in their field.

These individuals are worthy of special mention owing not only to their vast expertise and experience advising on some of the world’s most significant and cutting-edge legal matters, but also their ability to innovate, inspire, and go above and beyond to deliver for their clients.”

With respect to information technology Who’s Who Legal states:

“ASTREA ADVOCATEN sees Steven De Schrijver recommended as a Thought Leader in our research with ‘vast experience’ in the IT field. He is a distinguished figure in outsourcing and matters relating to the corporate and financial sphere. One source says, ‘He is definitely my first choice, without a doubt.’”

With respect to data privacy, protection and security Who’s Who legal states:

“ASTREA’s Steven De Schrijver is a market-leading figure for data protection and security matters. Peers note, ‘He is a great lawyer all over the field’ and is ‘very knowledgeable’ in data security.”

With respect to telecoms and media Who’s Who Legal states:

“Steven De Schrijver at ASTREA ADVOCATEN ranks among the very elite of practitioners in our research and is “highly recommended” for his cutting-edge knowledge of mobile telecommunications and e-commerce matters.”

The full Who's Who Legal: Data 2018 Analysis can be found here:

http://whoswholegal.com/news/analysis/article/34248/data-2018-information-technology-analysis/

http://whoswholegal.com/news/analysis/article/34247/data-2018-data-privacy-protection-security-analysis/

http://whoswholegal.com/news/analysis/article/34245/data-2018-telecoms-media-analysis/

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DIETER VEESTRAETEN SPEAKER AT THE AIJA HALF-YEAR CONFERENCE IN GIRONA

14.11.2017

On Thursday, 16 November 2017, Dieter Veestraeten will be one of the speakers at the workshop “Take the money and run: New trends on internet and mobile payments”, which is organised as part of the Crowdfunding & Alternative Financing programme of the AIJA Half-Year Conference in Girona.

More information on this conference, which will take place between 15 and 18 November 2017, as well as the full programme can be found here.

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A NEW MILESTONE JUDGMENT ON INTRA-COMMUNITY TRANSFER OF COMPANY SEATS CAUSING THE DEFINITIVE END OF THE REAL SEAT DOCTRINE?

10.11.2017

Following a reference for a preliminary ruling by the supreme court in civil and criminal matters in Poland, the European Court of Justice has ruled an important judgment on 25 October 2017 on intra-Community transfer of company seats (C-106/16).

The shareholders of a Polish company established under Polish law wanted to move the statutory seat of the company to Luxembourg without transferring the actual seat. Consequently, the removal from the Polish trade register was requested.

However, Polish law requires the dissolution of the company in order to be removed from the trade register.

The shareholders argued that a dissolution was neither necessary nor possible, as the company had not lost its legal personality.

The case was brought to the supreme court in Poland, which filed a request for a preliminary ruling with the Court of Justice on whether the mandatory dissolution unlawfully restricts the company’s freedom of establishment.

According to the Court, the transfer of the statutory seat of a company to another member state without the transfer of the real seat falls under the freedom of establishment. The original member state must allow the removal of the company from the trade register without liquidating the company.

The Belgian legislator follows this European point of view with respect to the real vs. the statutory seat in the new Companies and Associations Code (CAC/”Wetboek van Vennootschappen en Verenigingen”). As a result, the real seat doctrine will be abolished and instead the Belgian legislator opts for the statutory seat doctrine. The CAC will enter into force on the first day of the financial year following the publication in the Belgian Official Gazette + 1 year (and will therefore not occur for each company at the same time). This new Code will bring about many new possibilities, but also changes in current Belgian company law.

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STEVEN DE SCHRIJVER CONTRIBUTES TO THE IR GLOBAL VIRTUAL SERIES PUBLICATION ON THE GDPR

31.10.2017

Astrea partner Steven De Schrijver has contributed as the Belgian expert to the IR Global GDPR Virtual Series publication “Countdown to GDPR: Tackling the challenge of new data protection laws in the EU”.

On 25 May 2018, the European Union’s new General Data Protection (GDPR) will enter into force. In its Virtual Series publication on the GDPR, IR Global aims to highlight the profound level of impact this new legislation will have on IR Global members and their clients.

The publication gathers advice from 9 data protection experts from a variety of jurisdictions (Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, Italy, UK, USA, Luxembourg, Sweden and France), sharing their expertise and offering a unique perspective from their respective jurisdictions on the new GDPR legislation.

Read here the full Virtual Series publication on the GDPR.

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