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.