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AN INTERNATIONAL APPROACH

Astrea is a versatile firm with a strong local connection, providing assistance to many Belgian companies at a national, regional and local level. Nevertheless, a large number of our files do involve an international aspect. For this reason, we have spent the past few years building an extensive network of foreign law firms. The firms in this network can assist our clients with international transactions and disputes, setting up foreign offices or commercial activities, and advice on foreign legislation.

For every project or case involving a foreign jurisdiction, we select the law firm that best meets your needs and has the relevant expertise. As a completely independent firm, we are not formally connected with any other firms; this means that for each and every project, we can ensure you get the most suitable lawyer and the best value for money.

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Astrea is a versatile firm with a strong local connection, providing assistance to many Belgian companies at a national, regional and local level. Nevertheless, a large number of our files do involve an international aspect. For this reason, we've spent the past few years building an extensive network of foreign law firms. The firms in this network can assist our clients with international transactions and disputes, setting up foreign offices or commercial activities, and advice on foreign legislation.

For every project or case involving a foreign jurisdiction, we select the law firm that best meets your needs and has the relevant expertise. As a completely independent firm, we are not formally connected with any other firms; this means that for each and every project, we can ensure you get the most suitable lawyer and the best value for money.

If you prefer, we can remain your sole point of contact. We can coordinate the work – and, at your request, the invoicing – of our foreign colleagues, in order to guarantee the same high standard of quality you have come to expect from us.

In this way, we can guarantee both worldwide legal assistance and personal service.

Thanks to the personal contacts we have built up over the years with foreign law firms, as well as our commitment to quality, our pragmatic approach, our fast response times and our readiness for action, we are often retained by prestigious foreign law firms. We have been entrusted with a number of important projects which are subject to Belgian law or include Belgian aspects.

Astrea speaks French

Astrea has many years of experience in advising French companies and investors who want to open a Belgian office or sell their products or services in Belgium, or who have a dispute with a Belgian company

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Astrea speaks French

Astrea has many years of experience in advising French companies and investors who want to open a Belgian office or sell their products or services in Belgium, or who have a dispute with a Belgian company.

We have now set up a French Team, to better serve our French clients and correspondents. It is a multidisciplinary team of lawyers who are all fluent or native French speakers. Most of them have studied at French-language universities, and all of them have experience with French clients and the French culture and economy. The lawyers in the French Team are the first people you should talk to if you are a French businessperson or company wishing to expand into Belgium.

Our French Team has expertise in the following areas:

- Company Law

- Mergers & Acquisitions

- Property Law

- Employment Law

- Commercial Law

- Distribution Rights

- Tax Law

- Transport Law

- Privacy and Data Processing Law

Sectors in which the French Team has particular experience include IT, media, fashion, energy, automotive distribution, pharmaceutical production and food.

The lawyers in the French Team have strong connections with many French law firms and other professional service providers. They regularly travel to France to maintain these relationships and to attend conferences and seminars.

With these connections, Astrea is perfectly placed to provide first-line advice to Belgian companies in need of legal assistance for transactions or disputes in France, or to select the best advisers in France.

Contacts: Rudi Desmet, Olivier Van Fraeyenhoven, Marc Van LooverenFrédéric Verspreeuwen, Louis Verstraeten, Philippe Van Wesemael, Filip Desmedt, Steven De Schrijver, Steve Tronckoe, Barbara Terriere, Philippe Willemsens, Thomas Daenens, Wendy Denoodt, Pieter Paepe, Tijs Laurens, Ruud De Houwer, Helena De Groof, Karine Roobrouck, Anne-Claire Leuckx, Anne Kutz, Fréderique Vermaete.

Astrea speaks German

Industry, trade, services, logistics: the commercial relationship between Belgium and Germany has a long history across all sectors. Germany is Belgium's largest trading partner, in terms of both imports and exports.

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Astrea speaks German

Industry, trade, services, logistics: the commercial relationship between Belgium and Germany has a long history across all sectors. Germany is Belgium's largest trading partner, in terms of both imports and exports.

This relationship can give rise to specific legal issues. To solve them, Astrea has concentrated its resources in a German Team, composed of lawyers who have studied, lived or worked in Germany. They have a network of German contacts, wide experience in cross-border cases and, most importantly, a good knowledge of the German language.

Our German Team can assist you in any area, using their knowledge of the language, experience, and specialization to provide added value in legal services: they can give advice in German, and read and write contracts and opinions in the German language, without having to call on additional resources.

Our German Team can provide:

  • Advice on maritime and transport matters, and assistance with seizures and the execution of warrants, in collaboration with law firms in Hamburg, Bremen and elsewhere;
  • Advocacy for German trading partners involved in disputes before Belgian courts concerning international purchases, online sales, distribution rights and licensing;
  • Help in establishing Belgian subsidiaries and branches of German corporate groups, and vice versa for Belgian corporate groups in Germany;
  • Assistance to German companies with acquisitions in Belgium, and to Belgian companies with acquisitions in Germany;
  • Assistance to German companies in the areas of IT law, privacy law and other regulatory matters;
  • Negotiation, drafting and advice regarding German-language industrial and commercial contracts; and
  • Financial and banking law advice in relation to a broad spectrum of financing transactions.

The lawyers in the German Team have strong connections with many German law firms and other professional service providers. They regularly travel to Germany to maintain these relationships and to attend conferences and seminars.

With these connections, Astrea is perfectly placed to give first-line advice to Belgian companies in need of legal assistance for transactions or disputes in Germany, or to select the best advisers in Germany.

Contacts: Marc Van Looveren, Louis Verstraeten, Steven De Schrijver, Dieter Veestraeten, Anne Kutz.

AN INTERNATIONAL APPROACH